Can Making Neighborhoods Safer Boost Organized Crime?

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Marlon Brando in "The Godfather." Photo by Steve Troughton via Flickr

Innovative crime-reduction policies can produce a temporary increase in organized crime activity, argues a forthcoming study in The Manchester School, an economics journal edited by the University of Manchester (UK) School of Social Science.

While the increase may not be sustained over time, the potential for such policies to “backfire” adds an unexpected twist to crime-fighting strategies, writes Iain W. Long of Cardiff University in Wales.

Law enforcement agencies today employ a number of tactics, such . . .

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