A combination of hot-spot policing and a redevelopment project resulted in crime reduction by as much as 49 percent in one at-risk community. The study of Pittsburgh’s East Liberty neighborhood underlines the link between community participation, improved real estate and public safety.
Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan says, “We know we have three people murdered in half a mile of each other in 10 days, They were all walking alone. Probably minding their own business. Lord knows whoever is doing this.” Dugan says there is no evidence yet of a serial killer.
Some of the urban neighborhoods singled out as the most violent places in the country are mislabeled. In most of them homicides are confined to identifiable “hot spots” which require more focused intervention, according to experts at the New York “Smart on Crime” conference Wednesday.
The University of Cincinnati’s John Paul Wright writes, “In short, while academic criminology has had much to say about crime, most of it has been wrong.” He blames a predominant liberal bent in his profession.
Children are more deeply affected by crime, both directly and indirectly, than previously realized, according to a sobering new research paper from University of Pennsylvania Law School. Bureaucracy and incompetence stand in the way of help.
Police were alerted when Steve Stephens, 37, began threatening on Facebook to murder someone at random. He then did just that, saying on a video, “I’m going to kill this guy right here. He’s an old dude, too.”
Prosecutor Nancy O’Malley is investigating possible criminal violations in last weekend’s fire that killed dozens. Law Prof. Robert Weisberg says a property owner can be held liable if “a reasonable person under the circumstances would have realized there was some high probability of death.”
Republican Eric Greitens says he is focusing more than ever “on the mission of creating safer neighborhoods” after his wife is robbed at gunpoint near their St. Louis home. Grietens assumes office as governor next month.
Tremblay is cited for research on predictors of violence among youth. Using the predictors to select children in Montreal for intensive support resulted in a 34 percent reduction in criminal records by age 24 compared with aggressive children not in the program. Tremblay is Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics, Psychiatrry and Psychology at the University of Montreal.