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National Incident-Based Reporting System Over the years, a broad utility for UCR data evolved, and law enforcement expanded its capabilities to supply crime information. In the late 1970s, the law enforcement community called for a thorough evaluation of the UCR program to recommend an expanded and enhanced data collection system to meet the needs of law enforcement in the twenty-first century. The result of this assessment was the design of a more comprehensive database that would include more details about each criminal incident.

The Code was actually three lengthy documents: (1) the Institutes, (2) the Digest, and (3) the Code. Before the Norman Conquest (1066), there was no uniform criminal law in England. The village courts were governed by sheriffs who often enforced the rules as they saw fit. After the conquest, when William the Conqueror was King of England, he decreed that all prosecution was to be conducted in the name of the king to reduce the arbitrariness of the prior system. New laws were created, and the king, the judges, and the church authorities determined the elements and the scope of criminal offenses.

George Wright described the event: As noted by the city’s historian, in the days leading up to the execution, thousands of people came to Owensboro [Kentucky] by horseback, automobiles, excursion trains, buses, and even airplanes. The usual vendors arrived … to profit from the [execution]. Many citizens held “hanging parties,” inviting out-of-town friends to Owensboro. Others had spontaneous barbecues and sporting activities. Some twenty thousand people attended the hanging, even though it took place at 5:30 in the morning.

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