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Crime and Ethnicity

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Crime and Ethnicity In Britain today there are 55 million people, of this 2% are Afro Caribbean, and 2% are Asian. This would mean that the prison population should be 2% Asian, and 2 % Afro Caribbean, but it is not, the actual figures are 10% Afro Caribbean, and 9% Asian. Why is the prison population not a reflection of the ethnicity of Britain, is because of society or the police or if it is ethnic group. To find out what is the cause, I will carry out research of my own and use previously obtained figures. The difficulties that I will run into while carrying out my research is that figures that I collect may not all be up to date. Other difficulties that I will run into are that people will not be answer truthfully as they do not want to be seen as the odd one out so they go along with the majority answers. An other major problem that I will have is that the government figures that I have are also grouped in the following ways, Asian, White, Afro Caribbean, and Other. This means that I will have to work using those categories to group people. Secondary research Home office figures The Home Office figures show me that of the 55 million people in the country 2% are Asian, and 5% are Afro Caribbean. Of the 2 million people arrested 16% are Afro Caribbean, and 7% are Asian. Also the figures show me that more then half (58%) ...read more.


If a person where to say that there parents are unskilled workers then I will group their response as working class. Primary research Questionnaire Here is a sample questionnaire that I carried out, the questionnaire also has the results of the answer. The results are shown by the response of people from each ethnic group. The reason why there are only four groups of ethnicity is explained in the evaluation. Key: Afro Caribbean, White, Asian, Other What ethnic group do you belong to? Afro Caribbean 15% White 30% Asian 50% Other 5% Total= 100% What ethnic group is the majority of your family? (More then 3/4) Afro Caribbean 70% 3% 37% 4% White 4% 85% 13% 10% Asian 10% 10% 35% 80% Other 16% 2% 15% 6% Total= 100% 100% 100% 100% Which best describes your family background? (You do not have to answer) Nuclear 30% 40% 80% 92% Lone parent 67% 25% 1% 1% Extended 1% 4% 1% 5% Reconstituted 1% 1% 8% 1% Other 1% 30% 10% 1% Total= 100% 100% 100% 100% Is at least one of you parent/carers in full time employment? (You do not have to answer) Yes 20% 69% 45% 28% No 80% 31% 55% 72% Total= 100% 100% 100% 100% Have they ever being unemployed for longer then 2 months? (You do not have to answer) Yes 87% 14% 20% 60% No 13% 86% 80% 40% Total= 100% 100% 100% 100% What are the educational qualifications of one of your parent/cares? ...read more.


Also that as there is high unemployment, lowest educational qualifications, and one of the highest single parent families. All of these factors contribute to the high crime figures. The factors that I think contribute the most to the crime figures are high unemployment, low educational figures, and lone parent families. Evaluation Overall I think that there are some ways I which I could improve my work. The questionnaire that I carried out should have targeted equal numbers form each ethnic group so that it would give me much clearer results. As I was going to use my questionnaire results and compare it to the home office figures I was only able to have four ethnic groups white, Asian, Afro Caribbean, and other. This is because the home office figures only work on these groups. This then limited my work as I could only patterns in those ethnic groups. If I had been able use a wider range of categories of ethnicity then my research may have been able to show more patterns. The questionnaire thou I did think contained enough questions to collect the details required. The home office figures that were used were from 1998/97 this means that I was working with old data that may of changed. There were also figures that were from 1999 this mean that it was hard to compare the figures. Also the responses to the questionnaire may not be reliable. There are two reasons for this the first is that as I was there asking the question's people may have changed there responses. ...read more.

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