Big-city gangs may be more violent and newsworthy, but smaller and less violent versions are a worrying presence in many poor, rural communities. University of Arkansas sociologist Timothy Brown tells TCR what he learned while interviewing gang members in a Clarksdale, Ms., jail.
Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer says the Chesapeake Apartments, plagued by violent crime for decades, are a serious threat to public safety. He is suing to prompt safety improvements, and he says the owner of the complex should be ordered to live there until the problems are resolved.
Retailers are increasingly contracting out enforcement of shoplifting penalties to private companies. A University of Chicago Law School draft paper asks whether it signals growing acceptance of privatization in other parts of the justice system.
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.