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  1. Who’s Right on Crime? October 4, 2017


    Antonin (Anthony) Scalia (deceased) and Ruth Bader Ginsburg (current) were friends and Associate Justices for the U.S. Supreme Court. They were fierce ideological opponents. Both agreed that their friendship and willingness to debate made their Supreme Court decisions stronger, and their personal lives better.

    We need to move from argument winning to problem-solving.


    Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr.

    Thirty-five years of speaking for national and state criminal justice agencies. Interviewed multiple times by every national news outlet. Former Senior Specialist for Crime Prevention for the Department of Justice’s clearinghouse. Former Director of Information Services, National Crime Prevention Council. Post-Masters’ Certificate of Advanced Study-Johns Hopkins University.


    Who’s Right on Crime? You may be disappointed by my answer; no ideology has the complete solution. The best and brightest don’t have firm answers as to why crime goes up or down.

    But an article in the New York Times’ opinion section proposes a balanced approach to criminality, and it’s worth considering, New York Times.
    The article, “How Not to Respond to the Rising Murder Rate,” challenges both liberal and conservative approaches.

    It’s written by Thomas Abt, a senior fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Law School, whom I interviewed several times for my crime-related podcast in D.C. Many of you are not going to buy Abt’s approach to policing or crime. He’s a progressive, and some will stop reading based on that depiction. But Abt is not a zealot and it’s instructive to know that some want to understand multiple sides of the crime debate.

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