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There are many different forms of gathering information in order to methodically explore a criminal issue Some of these methods include surveys case studies participant observation self-reporting and secondary analysis These main forms of data collection provide different approaches in order to receive different information The type of data collection method is chosen depending on the simplicity time cost and form required for data that is appropriate for the situation The collector must make sure that the information produced will be usefulOne data collection method is surveys This is done by giving a questionnaire and interviews via telephone mail email or even face-to-face This would give the publics opinion on the specific instance In this instance of an innocent person being sentenced to death the public would be surveyed to see if they believe it was right This format would provide results that would easily depict the public opinion Another form of collection is a case study Case studies are in-depth investigations of an individual case This would be a detailed examination of the task at hand and would require a lot of time and subjectivity To examine innocent defendants being sentenced to death this method may explore the history of such and how it affected society Participant observations are where one observes a group by participating in the activities of the group The main types of this would be if the participant acted as an observer or if the observer was a complete participant and somewhat undercover In this case of death sentencing the observer would be put into the situation and record how it occurred Also self-reporting is a data collection method that requires subjects to report rates of certain behaviors such as crime This could also be considered a survey of some sort This is also a very subjective method that gets many individual opinions In this circumstance of the death sentencing this method would get reports and data from individuals
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