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Six Decades of Felonies in America

A new quantitative study of felony populations between 1948 and 2010, issued by the Population Association of America, represents the first attempt to offer a comprehensive view of states-level criminal punishment in the United States, across both demographic and geographic lines.

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Medicaid Expansion Tied to Reduction in Crime

States which exercised the option under Obamacare to expand Medicaid eligibility experienced a 3% decrease in the annual rate of reported crimes compared to non-expansive states, according to a University of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign paper. The decline saved taxpayers an estimated $400 million annually.

Homicides in Baltimore Return to Their Record Pace

September ended with 31 homicides, the fifth time this year that the city has had more than 30 people killed in a month. Between 2008 and 2014, the city never recorded 30 victims in a single month. Baltimore’s leaders said they plan to stick with earlier plan for tackling the violence, believing it will ultimately bring the homicide rate down.

No Quick Fix to Baltimore Crime, Say Chief, Prosecutor

State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby and Police Commissioner Kevin Davis, in a joint interview with the Baltimore Sun, say they are overseeing crime-fighting in a different climate from six years ago, when the city experienced fewer than 200 homicides for the first time in decades. The officials said those past gains were achieved using heavy-handed tactics that have been disavowed.