Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Crime Rates Fall, Experts Stumped

As we have noted before, the reasons are simple, better policing through one form or another of broken windows policing and better incarceration through three strikes sentencing, yet, as this article from the Christian Science Monitor reports, it still confuses experts whose theories that poverty causes crime aren’t working out.

An excerpt.

“In a trend that has some experts "stumped," violent crime in 2010 dropped 6 percent from the year before – the fourth consecutive annual decline, according a report released Monday by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

“The numbers come as the housing market remains stagnant and unemployment remains persistently high – conditions that might lead to a rise in crime. Moreover, most law enforcement agencies throughout the US are undergoing budget cuts, with 1 percent fewer law-enforcement officers on the streets today than there were in 2008, the FBI data say.

“In this light, the continued decline in violent crime is forcing some criminologists to reexamine the what might be the causes of crime. “It will be years before we get the answer, if we do, to what’s going on right now,” says William Pridemore, a criminal justice professor at Indiana University in Bloomington. “Criminologists have been pretty stumped.”