Journal of Quantitative Criminology

, Volume 9, Issue 3, pp 309–322

Offense seriousness scaling: An alternative to scenario methods

Authors

  • James P. Lynch
    • Department of Justice, Law and Society, School of Public AffairsThe American University
  • Mona J. E. Danner
    • Department of Sociology and Criminal JusticeOld Dominion University
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF01064464

Cite this article as:
Lynch, J.P. & Danner, M.J.E. J Quant Criminol (1993) 9: 309. doi:10.1007/BF01064464

Abstract

The use of crime scenarios in sample surveys is the principal method for assessing public valuations of crime seriousness. The adequacy of this method is heavily dependent upon the a priori assumptions of the researchers constructing these scenarios. If crucial attributes of crime incidents are omitted from these descriptions of a crime, then resulting seriousness scores and weights will be in error. This paper proposes an alternative method of assessing crime seriousness—the Hedonic Price Index approach—that is not as dependent upon the prior assumptions of those building scenarios. This approach can be used as a complement to scenario methods to further our understanding of the evaluation of crime seriousness.

Key words

seriousness scaling scenarios seriousness scores

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