United States: Inside Criminal Justice / Joe Domanick

California scholar Franklin Zimring explains why New York City’s sustained crime decline offers a useful model for other cities.

Crime rates have been declining across the U.S. But no American city has matched New York’s achievement, with overall crime dropping at over twice the national rate —and sustained over a 20-year period. The so-called New York “miracle” has triggered a cottage industry of criminological research into its roots and reasons.

The most authoritative study so far has been made by Franklin E. Zimring, William G.

Simon Professor of Law and Wolfen Distinguished Scholar at UC Berkeley School of Law. His latest book, published this month, The City that Became Safe: New York’s Lessons for Urban Crime and its Control (Oxford University Press) has attracted nationwide attention and comment. In an author’s Q&A with Joe Domanick, West Coast Bureau Chief of The Crime Report, Prof. Zimring offers his analysis of the city’s remarkable accomplishment, explains why cops matter, and punctures some once-popular theories about how to deal with criminal behavior. SEE MORE…



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