n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - The dark figure of crime and its impact on the criminal justice system
|Article Title||The dark figure of crime and its impact on the criminal justice system|
|© Publisher:||Criminological and Victimological Society of Southern Africa (CRIMSA)|
|Journal||Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology|
|Affiliations||1 University of South Africa|
|Publication Date||Jan 2014|
|Pages||1 - 13|
|Keyword(s)||Criminal justice system, Dark figure of crime, Unreported crime and Victims of crime|
Much has been researched and written about the reasons, nature and the extent of unreported crime. The unwillingness of the public to report crime stems from various reason and motives. However, the dark figure of crime still remains a pivotal point amongst citizens and criminal experts alike. This article explores what impact unreported crime might hold for the criminal justice system. Both members of the public and criminal justice system experts participated in the study on which the article is based. Their reasons, perceptions and insights into unreported crime was examined and a conclusion drawn as to whether and to what extent unreported crime affects the criminal justice system.
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