I really enjoyed reading both articles and found that both are great articles when it comes to public policy. In the article “Snitches End Up in Ditches’ and Other Cautionary Tales” the research is about how departments are not able to solve as many crimes because witnesses are afraid to come forward in fear of what may happen to them (Morris, 2010). When it comes to the other article “Internet Development, Censorship, and Cyber Crimes in China” we are looking at how internet usage is changing China, and how the information gather is changing the public policy in China.
When it comes to the National Crime Victimization Survey, I feel as a leader in the criminal justice field that there are both pros and cons. Pros would be simply that a victim has a way to report a crime in a safe way. However, the biggest con is that the report is only from the victim’s standpoint and therefore could be missing some key elements of the crime that could be needed for prosecution. “Throughout the past few decades, a variety of efforts have been made to increase the public’s reporting of violent crimes to the police. Some of these efforts have been targeted at specific forms of violence, such as rape and domestic violence, in the hope that increased reporting will result in greater help and protection for the victims of these crimes” (Renzetti, C. M., Edleson, J. L., & Bergen, R. K. 2018).
As far as changing the way that I act when it comes to children in school informing me or “snitching” I don’t believe that there should be a great deal of change on my part. However, often times in school the bullying is one on one, meaning one bully picking on one student, and in this case I it wouldn’t be hard for the bully to figure out who “snitched” on them. In the only way I can think where I may change a little would be to try a catch the bully in the act versus having the one student tell me what is going on. By catching the bully, in a matter of speaking there is no one to blame but themselves.
Morris, E. W. (2010). “Snitches End Up in Ditches” and Other Cautionary Tales. Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, 26(3), 254–272. doi: 10.1177/1043986210368640
Renzetti, C. M., Edleson, J. L., & Bergen, R. K. (2018). Sourcebook on violence against women. Los Angeles: SAGE.