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Frank Zimring, professor of law and criminal justice at UC-Berkeley and visiting fellow at NYU, explains why crime rates have continued to drop during the recession, defying conventional wisdom.
@Robert from NYC
Anyone with their eyes open knows the NYPD has it's fist on the scales. Crime is systematically under reported so the Mayor can claim how safe it is here. I've only been here 8 years, yet have been victimized multiple times. In each and every case the NYPD were completely USELESS.
If you want to see a professional and effectual police, you need to go to Los Angeles.
As for the correlation between affluence and crime, isn't it interesting that the most crime effecting America today seems to be perpetrated by Wall Street and Corporate America.
According to the book "Freakonomics" by S. Levitt and S. Dubner, the reduction in crime is partially a result of the legalization of abortion.
there's one very important fact that the professor doesn't know or is beyond his liberal professor in the ivory tower scope is that crime stats are FIXED. the art of fixing crime stats in the nypd are beyond belief. i don't care what study he shows me, crime on the streets is as bad as ever. the nypd has only to GAIN by lessening arrests and indictments for violent crimes. please consult people on the street before you draw these conclusions.
if i were a successful criminal i would stop jacking cars and move over to wall street -- where there are more zeros and no cops, right?
were you touch on the simple shift of criminal venues from 125th st to wall st?
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Or correlations with gun control or other variables?
If no economic correlation why spend the whole discussion on it while not even mentioning the possible correlations with drug usages, such as the use of crack cocaine versus powder or methamphetamines?
Simply not true.
Baffled experts! Yes we've had many baffled experts lately. Turns out most don't know what they're talking about in the first place.
This defies logic. Where I live, you have kids who are going to spend the summer without a summer job because there are none.
What areas are they looking at? Beverly Hills?
Lower crime? Huh, interesting, here in Poughkeepsie we've had many murders including the murder of a police officer as well as muggings and beatings. So, I would say crime is not down.
And statistics can be manipulated anyway.
Liberals screech about all the people in prison these days....while they safely walk to their yoga class. A large percentage of crime is committed by a core group of recidivists.....and more of these guys have been behind bars in the last decade. Most "experts" from within the university bubble gloss over that fact, but it's a big factor in our current low crime rates.
California is threatening to release many thousands of prisoners due to "progressive" jurist preening....good luck with that in Bel Air.
Crime is dropping, according to statistics, because they play around with the figures and what they mean. It's a bunch of crap, CRIME IS NOT DROPPING! Just read the papers, internet news agency sites, watch tv news, it ain't goin down.
When you say crime is dropping what exactly do you mean? Because in WNYCs headlines today Newark Mayor Booker is announcing an anti-crime initiative because "Last summer, Newark experienced its highest number of homicides decades. The violence has continued this year, with murders and robberies are up nearly 40 percent from last year." (grammar errors courtesy of the pros at CBS news)
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