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The Great American Crime Decline

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Many theories--from the routine to the bizarre--have been offered up to explain the crime decline of the 1990s. Was it record levels of imprisonment? An abatement of the crack cocaine epidemic? More police using better tactics? Or even the effects of legalized abortion? And what can we expect from crime rates in the future? Franklin E. Zimring here takes on the experts, an ...more
Hardcover, 258 pages
Published November 1st 2006 by Oxford University Press, USA
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Mike
Feb 14, 2012 rated it liked it
During the 1990’s the United States saw an unprecedented decrease in crime. Nationwide there was an approximately 40% decrease in all seven of the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) categories. Police departments across the nation have taken credit for the decreasing crime in their jurisdictions and scholars of various disciplines have tried to find their own answers for the decline. In The Great American Crime Decline, Professor Franklin E. Zimring, of the University of California, Berkley, Sc ...more
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Interesting, thought-provoking look at U.S. crime in the 1990s... does a good job of exploring many different possible explanations for a phenomenon that no one really has the complete explanation for.
Kevin
Jun 26, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book that demands modesty from those seeking to explain why crime fell in the 1990s and stayed down. There is so much we don't know. Multiple factors working at once and impossible to isolate or test.
Gina
Oct 05, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Horribly boring book, but a must read for any criminal justice major. Zimring does a thorough job of exploring the causes of the crime decline. Yet in the end, it is all too clear that there cannot be one solid explanation.
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