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A crime is defined as an act committed in violation of a law forbidding it and for which a variety of punishments may be imposed Crimes are classified into two basic groups mala in se which are crimes that are evil in themselves and mala prohibitita which are crimes that are only crimes because society at the time deems them wrong In these days crime is more easy perceived by society Surveys of public opinion in the United States show that more and more people believe that crime is increasing People feel less safe in their environment and have thus taken measures to protect themselves But is this view accurate Most of the crime rates from 1973 to 1992 have risen greatly In 1973 there was a murder every 27 minutes Now there is a murder every 22 minutes The astounding fact is in 1973 there was a violent crime every 6 minutes but now it has increased to a murder every 16 seconds Crime per thousand from between 1983 and 1992 rose 94 percent but from 1991 to 1992 it went down 4 percent In recent years crime has been decreasing Property crime murder robbery and burglary have all decreased at least three percent in recent years but that is not much There is one exception rape which has gone up 3 percent Violent crime has risen 409 since 1983 while in recent years it has only gone down a tenth of a percent This may be one of the reasons people feel less safe People arent afraid of larceny or property crimes They are afraid of violent crimes which is why is recent years they feel insecure Many people believe the problem is in the trial system itself Not enough people are convicted In our trial system where you are innocent until proven guilty and to be proved guilty it must be done beyond reasonable doubt or preponderance of
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