Crime rates vary by region. For many years, southern states have had higher crime rates in almost all crime categories especially violent crimes; so called a “southern subculture of violence”. Although the “lead” has changed so many times in recent years between the South and the West that the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report has indicated that the South has once again lead the nation in violent crime. Miami, Florida, has by far a high rate of violence. When it comes down to violent crimes in Miami, “Murder” tends to be the urban crime of choice among the many other FBI’s UCR Index Crime Offenses. More than half of the homicides here in Miami are committed in cities with a population of 100,000 or more. Not surprisingly, murders in Miami’s urban areas such as “Liberty City” are commonly drug-related killings and gang-related murders than in less populated. According to the previous research the murder victims and offenders in Miami, Florida, tend to be men. The males represent 75 % of homicide victims and nearly 90% of them are the offenders. In terms of crime rates per 100,000, the males are 3 times more likely to be killed, and 8 times more likely to commit the homicide than females are. Besides, according to the data, one-third of those murder victims in Miami and half the offenders are under the age of 25-years of age. For both victims and offenders, the crime rate per 100,000 peaks in the 18-24-year old age group. Blacks are 6 times more likely to be victimized and 8 times more likely than whites to commit the murder. Sad to say but African Americans are disproportionately represented as both homicide victims and offenders. Violent crime has always been an issue of concern for both the government and the public. Reports of attacks occur daily in the Media and in official crime statistics. Media portrayals of crime are an important topic given their potential for influencing public and political opinion. For example, if people believe crime to be more...
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