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February 3, 2010

Interesting coverage of "The Great American Crime Drop"

The folks at The Crime Report have this terrific two-part series exploring the recent reduction in crime rates in the United States:

  • The Great American Crime Drop, Part 1: "Homicides and other violent crimes plunged in 2009, accelerating a decline that began in 1993.  In this two-part series, we ask: what’s going on?"

  • The Great American Crime Drop, Part II: "Some of America’s noted criminologists examine some of the most common explanations for the country’s falling violent crime rates — and find them lacking."

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The report begins:

"During the 1990s, the favorite solution to reducing crime was incarceration. That is, mass incarceration: mandatory minimums and 25-to-life three-strikes sentences for stealing a slice of pizza."

and towards the end:

"There is, of course, no conclusion, no definite answers to the questions raised by the drop in murders and violent crime in 2009. And there is no guarantee that the slide will continue, particularly if the Great Recession proves long and/or jobless."

Posted by: Steve | Feb 3, 2010 7:58:13 PM

More evidence that the Supremacy is a messenger from the real world to this Twilight Zone lawyer mental hospital. Unemployment does not increase crime. Policing and incapacitation decrease crime.

Go to Minute 14.

http://www.foxnews.com/search-results/m/28908799/the-journal-editorial-report-2-6.htm#q=heather+crime+rate+lowest

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Feb 6, 2010 11:35:28 PM

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