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  •  there is an annual FBI press release..... (1+ / 0-)
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    I collect the statistics and put them into bar graphs in Excel and update my forensics class.  this has annually lots of publicity- safest city, lowest crime state, which state had theircrime rate go up.  I realize people don't know crime like this is decreasing, because the crime shows and "if it bleeds it leads" teevee beats the drum of an increasingly scary violent world.

    The best way to decrease the crime rate is to solve crimes and put criminals in jail.  This deters criminal behavior.  Sadly, our incredible incarceration rate is something of a deterrent to crime, although not to drug use.  

    Improvements in forensics have led to better convictions, with more evidence even as some convicted innocent folks are released.  Laws limiting felons access to firearms lead to convictions for former felons when they are found with firearms- a disencentive to go about with a firearm.  There are a lot of laws passed to reduce violence, and communities have gotten together to try and reject violence.  

    You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad. Aldous Huxley

    by murrayewv on Wed May 08, 2013 at 04:29:04 AM PDT

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