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.
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.
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.
Why do many Americans think crime rates are rising when official data show the opposite? Northeastern University criminologist James Alan Fox says, “What matters is you can turn on a television set and see plenty of crime. We are saturated with crime.”
Except for the total of 59 homicides this summer and in 2014, the city’s summer homicide tally typically was in the 70s or 80s. A decade ago, there were 116 homicides during the summer. Last year, there were 82. Police Chief Charlie Beck said that 59 homicides are “far too many.”
Tijuana vendors put in special orders for designer merchandise, dispatching teams of shoplifters to malls around the U.S. to steal more than $20 million in loot that could be resold at lower prices in Mexico, charges an indictment in San Diego federal court.
Based on data from the nation’s 30 largest cities, the rate of reported violent crime rate is projected to fall by 0.6 percent, also to the second-lowest point in over 25 years, says the Brennan Center for Justice.
The U.S. attorney general once again drum-thumped about lawlessness this week, telling a police convention in Nashville that “violent crime is back with a vengeance.” The Washington Post says he is being duplicitous–“stoking American’s fears about crime and safety to advance a political agenda of ‘law and order.’”
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.
Advances in vehicle anti-theft technology have contributed to the increase in stolen wheels. “It’s far easier to jack up a car and steal the tires and the rims than it is to steal the entire car,” said Mark Wagenschutz of Help Eliminate Auto Thefts (HEAT).