Violent Crime


Spotlight on Safety in Public Housing

Thursday, September 25, 2014

A summer safety program at Bed-Stuy's Tompkins Houses shows just how tough crime-fighting can be. Fifteen housing projects account for almost 20 percent of all violent crime in the city.


The Brian Lehrer Show

Is the News Media Over-Hyping "The Knockout Game?"

Thursday, November 21, 2013

"The Knockout Game" is a phenomenon where teens assault strangers by trying to knock them out with one punch. Is this really something we need to worry about?

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The Takeaway

Understanding the Brains of Mass Killers

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

What compels a person to open fire upon innocent people? In a new documentary produced by NOVA, journalist Miles O'Brien investigates how far nueroscientists have come in determining what makes the brain of a violent adolescent different than that of a normal brain.  


The Takeaway

Police Deaths Rise As Crime Drops

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Although violent crime has decreased across the country, for one group, the numbers seem to tell a different story. According to statistics compiled by the FBI, the number of police officers killed in 2011 was up by 25 percent from the previous year — and up by 75 percent from 2008. A total of 72 officers were killed in 2011. And for the first time, last year more officers were killed by suspects than by car accidents. Why are more officers losing their lives on the job? Maria Haberfeld, chair of the Department of Law, Police Science, and Criminal Justice Administration at John Jay College of Criminal Justice says that while it's hard to pinpoint any one factor behind these numbers, there are some trends that emerge when the statistics are examined closely.

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