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September 26, 2005

Crime rates in 2004 remain at recent lows

As detailed here at CNN.com and over at TalkLeft, the latest Justice Department statistics shows that the "nation's crime rate was unchanged last year, holding at the lowest levels since the government began surveying crime victims in 1973."  There will surely lots of debates over (1) whether these findings have been impacted by past sentencing policies and (2) whether they should impact future sentencing policies.  Late last year in this post, I suggested reasons why 2004 ought to be a uniquely rich and interesting time period for examining the relationship between sentencing policies and crime rates.  I look forward to seeing all the coming analysis.

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HELLO PROF.BERMAN HAVE YOU HEARD IN YOUR TRAVELS OF THE RUMOR THAT BECAUSE OF THE TREMENDOUS OVERCROWDING IN THE FEDERAL PRISON SYSTEM AND ASSOCIATED COSTS THE CURRENT 85%MINIMUM TIME SERVED MIGHT BE LOWERED TO 65% FOR FIRST TIME NON VILOLENT OFFENDERS? IF SO IS THERE ANY VALIDITY? THANK YOU FOR YOUR INFORMATIVE EFFORTS AND THIS BLOG JOE

Posted by: JOE Q | Sep 26, 2005 10:57:20 AM

HELLO PROF.BERMAN HAVE YOU HEARD IN YOUR TRAVELS OF THE RUMOR THAT BECAUSE OF THE TREMENDOUS OVERCROWDING IN THE FEDERAL PRISON SYSTEM AND ASSOCIATED COSTS THE CURRENT 85%MINIMUM TIME SERVED MIGHT BE LOWERED TO 65% FOR FIRST TIME NON VILOLENT OFFENDERS? IF SO IS THERE ANY VALIDITY? THANK YOU FOR YOUR INFORMATIVE EFFORTS AND THIS BLOG JOE

Posted by: JOE Q | Sep 26, 2005 10:59:12 AM

Joe Q: I have received more than a few e-mails asking a question of this sort. I fear that this is a rumor with no basis in fact that I know about. I hope any reader that may know more will report on this matter.

Posted by: Doug B. | Sep 26, 2005 11:30:22 AM

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