New York Murder Mystery: The True Story Behind the Crime Crash of the 1990sby Andrew Karmen, Janet Todd
Pub. Date: 11/01/2006
Publisher: New York University Press
In 1990, New Yorkers were being murdered at a record clip of over 2,200 a year. By the end of the decade, the body count had plunged by more than two-thirds. The number of robberies, car thefts, and other street crimes reported to the police also plummeted. Although this unprecedented and unexpected crime crash was categorized in the media and political circles as… See more details below
In 1990, New Yorkers were being murdered at a record clip of over 2,200 a year. By the end of the decade, the body count had plunged by more than two-thirds. The number of robberies, car thefts, and other street crimes reported to the police also plummeted. Although this unprecedented and unexpected crime crash was categorized in the media and political circles as "astonishing" and even a "miracle," no blue ribbon commission was set up to investigate its causes. Instead, elected officials, pundits, criminal justice professionals, and academics speculated and debated about the factors behind the mysteriously shrinking crime rate." "Using data about patterns, trends, and statistical associations over the past two decades, Andrew Karmen's research uncovers the real reasons that brought about the crash. Providing both a local and a national context for New York's plunging crime rate, Karmen tests - and debunks - the many self-serving explanations for the decline. Is there clear and convincing evidence to support widely held beliefs and the most insistent claims for credit? Are there important underlying developments in the City and across the country that have been overlooked?
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Table of Contents
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1 The 1990s Crime Crash in New York
2 Deconstructing Murders
3 NYPD or Not NYPD: That Is the Question
4 Behind Bars?
5 The Drug-Crime Connection
6 It’s the Economy, Stupid! Or Is It? Did the Boom Cause the Crash?
7 Where Have All the Criminals Gone? Did Favorable Demographic Trends Facilitate the Crash?
8 Lessons from the New York Experience
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