Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Despite Headlines, Crime Remains at Historic Lows

Last month a new Brennan Center analysis found that, as The Washington Post’s Radley Balko wrote, “the alleged ‘soaring’ homicide rate in large American cities was mostly hype.” New York in particular continues to be among the nation’s safest cities, as Inimai Chettiar wrote in an op-ed for AM New York and New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton told his officers in a speech covered by Politico New York. “As the Brennan Center analysis shows,” wrote The New York Times in an editorial, “overall violent crime … is projected to be 1.5 percent lower in 2015 than 2014 … Misunderstanding crime rates – or worse, using them for political purposes – makes it hard to have an informed debate about which policies will be most likely to keep violence down.” A Center report from earlier this year, cited this month in The Washington Post, found that those policies do not include increased incarceration, which had only a small impact on crime rates between 1990 and 2000 and almost no impact since. Read more from The Atlantic, NBC News, and Slate.

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