States and municipalities can learn a lot from New York when it comes to crime fighting, according to a report, A Thousand Small Sanities: Crime Control Lessons from New York, by Greg Berman of the Center for Justice Innovation.
The report highlights New York's decline in both crime and incarceration as evidence of a unique approach to crime prevention. From 1999 to 2009, incidents of violent crime declined by 30 percent, while the state’s prison population decreased by 18 percent, according to the study.
Several factors are credited for New York's prolonged decline in violent crime, including an increased police presence in so-called hot spots, a focus on offenses punishable by fewer than 12 months in prison, as well as various social controls.
Read the report here.