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The Great American Crime Decline / Edition 1
     

The Great American Crime Decline / Edition 1

by Franklin E. Zimring
 

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ISBN-10: 0195181158

ISBN-13: 9780195181159

Pub. Date: 11/10/2006

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Many theories - from the routine to the bizarre - have been offered 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? Franklin E. Zimring here takes on the experts, and counters with the first in-depth portrait of the

Overview

Many theories - from the routine to the bizarre - have been offered 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? Franklin E. Zimring here takes on the experts, and counters with the first in-depth portrait of the decline and its true significance.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195181159
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
11/10/2006
Series:
Studies in Crime and Public Policy Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Part I What Happened in the 1990s?

1 The Size and Character of the Crime Decline 3

2 The Environment for Optimism: Crime Trends and Attitudes about the Effectiveness of Crime Policies 25

Part II The Search for Causes

3 The Usual Suspects: Imprisonment, Demography, and the Economy 45

4 Progeny of the 1990s: Three New Explanations of Decline 73

Part III Two New Perspective

5 Which Twin Has the Toni? Some Statistical Lessons from Canada 107

6 New York City's Natural Experiment 135

Part IV Twenty-First Century Lessons

7 What Happens Next? 171

8 Seven Lessons from the 1990s 195

Appendix 1 Crime and Abortion Policy in Europe, Canada, and Australia 211

Appendix 2 Supplementary Statistics on Crime Trends in Canada during the 1990s 223

Appendix 3 Trends for the City of New York and the United States during the 1990s 229

Appendix 4 Measuring the Extent of Decline in Selected High-Decline Cities 237

References 243

Index 250

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