Two Italian researchers found a 40 percent reduction in most types of crime since a shelter-at-home advisory was announced in San Francisco and Oakland. Similar declines have been reported in other cities, but the researchers acknowledge more research is needed to understand the long-term impact of the coronavirus pandemic on criminal behavior.
Burglaries of New York City commercial establishments have increased 75 percent between March 12 and March 31, but other types of crime have slowed since Mayor Bill de Blasio declared a state of emergency, according to the NYPD.
The Measures for Justice (MFJ) project, which collects comparative data on the operation of local criminal justice systems nationwide, says it’s doubling down on its efforts so policymakers “can be in a better position to tackle all the same problems, and the new ones the coronavirus has left in its wake.” Data from a dozen more states will be published this year.
An alliance of two major criminology groups complains that “multiyear delays in the release of expected data and reports… [do] not help improve public safety or the efficiency of our criminal justice system.”
A new report from the U.S. Sentencing Commission finds that half of all federal economic crime offenders had at least one prior conviction in their criminal history and they did not necessarily “specialize in economic crime.”