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- DescriptionMany theories-from the routine to the bizarre-have been offered up to explain the crime decline of the 1990s. Was it record levels of imprisonment? An abatement of the crack cocaine epidemic? More police using better tactics? Or even the effects of legalized abortion? And what can we expect from crime rates in the future? Franklin E. Zimring here takes on the experts, and counters with the first in-depth portrait of the decline and its true significance. The major lesson from the 1990s is that relatively superficial changes in the character of urban life can be associated with up to 75% drops in the crime rate. Crime can drop even if there is major change in the population, the ecomy or the schools. Offering the most reliable data available, Zimring documents the decline as the longest and largest since World War II. It ranged across both violent and n-violent offenses, all regions, and every demographic. All Americans, whether they live in cities or suburbs, whether rich or poor, are safer today. Casting a critical and unerring eye on current explanations, this book demonstrates that both long-standing theories of crime prevention and recently generated theories fall far short of explaining the 1990s drop. A careful study of Canadian crime trends reveals that imprisonment and ecomic factors may t have played the role in the U.S. crime drop that many have suggested. There was magic bullet but instead a combination of factors working in concert rather than a single cause that produced the decline. Further-and happily for future progress- it is clear that declines in the crime rate do t require fundamental social or structural changes. Smaller shifts in policy can make large differences. The significant reductions in crime rates, especially in New York, where crime dropped twice the national average, suggests that there is room for other cities to repeat this astounding success. In this definitive look at the great American crime decline, Franklin E. Zimring finds pat answers but evidence that even lower crime rates might be in store.
- Author BiographyFranklin E. Zimring is the William G. Simon Professor of Law and Wolfen Distinguished Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley. His recent books include The Contradictions of American Capital Punishment (2003), voted a Book of the Year by the Economist and American Juvenile Justice (2005).
- Author(s)Franklin E. Zimring
- PublisherOxford University Press Inc
- Date of Publication21/12/2006
- SubjectSocial Issues, Services & Welfare
- Series TitleStudies in Crime and Public Policy
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintOxford University Press Inc
- Content Note83 line illus.
- Weight532 g
- Width165 mm
- Height242 mm
- Spine24 mm
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