Source:2009 IRE Conference (Baltimore, Md.)Mark Fazlollah, The Philadelphia Inquirer; Ted Gest, Criminal Justice Journalists; Brant Houston, University of Illinois; James Lynch, John Jay College of Criminal Justice * Michael Rand, U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics
This tipsheet addresses use of the Uniform Crime Reports, pointing out it "is only as good as the agencies that report data. Police in Philadelphia, Baltimore, Atlanta and St. Louis have been caught hiding crimes to make the cities look safer than they really were." Fazlollah addresses how to spot problems with the data.