March 15, 2009
A new opportunity to assess the economy/crime rate connection
The relationship between economic conditions and crime rates has always been considered an important (and unclear) component of criminal justice realities. This interesting new article from today's Denver Post, which is headlined "This time, economy, crime fall in tandem: Metro area seems to buck trend of downturns breeding scofflaws," provides some new food for thoughts concerning this relationship. Here is how the article starts:
The number of reported burglaries, car thefts and larcenies has dropped steadily in several Colorado cities despite historic data that say crime should be on the rise during this deep economic recession.
The decrease puzzles criminologists but gives police reason to tout crime-prevention initiatives and tougher sentencing laws putting prolific burglars and car thieves away. Yet even the police aren't sure of all of the factors driving the phenomenon. "Perhaps it would be a natural assumption that crime would increase when the economy is bad," said Detective Shannon Lucy of the Aurora Police Department. "It does kind of go against what people would expect."
It may be too early in this recession to see whether the downward crime trend holds. Some who are young, poor and uneducated may yet be driven to crime after repeated failed attempts to find jobs, some experts said. "People don't become criminals overnight. It takes some time for the strain to hit them," said Jeff London, assistant professor of criminology at Metropolitan State College of Denver.
Between 1979 and 1981, when wages dropped 20 percent, the number of property crimes reported jumped 18 percent nationwide, following a long-established pattern in which recessions cause crime to spike. Colorado experienced a similar leap of 18 percent in property-crime numbers between 1979 and 1981, according to Colorado Department of Public Safety reports.
But during the current recession, several Colorado communities, including Denver, Thornton and Aurora, are seeing double-digit-percentage declines. Statewide totals for 2008 won't be available for two months.
But while the numbers look promising for getting through the recession without a crime spike, there are dominoes yet to fall. Mass layoffs during a recession force people with master's degrees to seek jobs normally taken by those with bachelor's degrees, who, in turn, take openings normally taken by less-educated youths, who find it increasingly difficult to find any job. It also takes time for people to run out of unemployment benefits.
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It takes about 10 years for law change to percolate to the street. In about 5 years, the Scalia Bounce in the crime rate will hit hard, as 100's of 1000's of vicious predators are loosed on the public. Economists do not keep up with law changes. These vicious thugs have no internal restraints taught in family or church. Why? The lawyer has destroyed both as competitors in authority with central government, a wholly owned subsidiary of the criminal cult enterprise that is the lawyer profession, where 99% of policy is made by their cult indoctrinated members.
After this Scalia Bounce, the public may be more ready for One, Two, Three Violent Offenses - Dead.
This is the Sentencing Law blog. Yet, it refuses to acknowledge the effect of the mass murdering lawyer hierarchy elimination of sentencing guidelines, and incapacitation.
The indoctrination can convince modern people the minds of drunken criminals can be read months after a crime. This lawyer hierarchy is either mentally ill or fraudulent. We know they are not mentally ill.
But one of the members of the hierarchy, Scalia, looses masses of vicious thugs, it becomes blind to the self-evident. Why? Because Scalia is generating lawyer jobs in Rent Seeking.
Here, crime victimization dropped by 40% starting in 1994.
The Guidelines were enacted in 1987, took 5 years to percolate.
The states must disobey the Supreme Court to protect their citizens from the criminal lover lawyer client. The Law of Necessity justifies and legally allows such massive disobedience.
Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Mar 15, 2009 10:46:16 PM