The city has recorded just 286 killings this year, another new modern low. Overall, crime has now declined for 27 consecutive years, dating to 1990, when New York set a record with 2,245 homicides. Reported crime has fallen in each of the major felony categories this year to a total of 94,806 as of Sunday, well below the record low of 101,716 set last year.
For decades, researchers have mulled a link between childhood exposure to lead and criminal behavior. But a new long-term study of New Zealanders published in a medical journal finds only a modest association in teens that diminished later in life.
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.
A Vanderbilt Law School professor says evidence of mental impairment could be a useful tool in a reformed justice system that focused on rehabilitation rather than blame. But, he argues in a recent study, under the current system, neuroscience can be used by both prosecutors and defense, and has only limited value in assessing guilt.
At a White House sit-down, the Congressional Black Caucus presented Trump with a 130-page policy proposal with a taunting title: “We Have a Lot to Lose: Solutions to Advance Black Families in the 21st Century.”
The President is creating an office to help victims of crime by immigrants, but James Lynch, president of the American Society of Criminology, says immigrants “have lower incidences of crime compared to the public at large. The immigrant population does nothing but good — they pay taxes, they do the work. It is pretty clear that immigrants are a positive force and a very low production of crime on their part.”
An escalation in crime and disruptive behavior prompted the public library in the Cleveland suburb of Euclid to require adult chaperones for those under 18 who visit after school. Local police have logged 156 incidents at the library in the past two years, with half resulting in arrests.