New York Murder Mystery: The True Story Behind the Crime Crash of the 1990s

New York Murder Mystery: The True Story Behind the Crime Crash of the 1990s

by Andrew Karmen, Janet Todd
     
 

Andrew Karmen tracks a quarter century of murder in the city Americans have most commonly associated with rampant street crime. 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. While crediting a more effective police force for its efforts, Karmen also

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Andrew Karmen tracks a quarter century of murder in the city Americans have most commonly associated with rampant street crime. 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. While crediting a more effective police force for its efforts, Karmen also emphasizes the decline of the crack epidemic, skyrocketing incarceration rates, favorable demographic trends, a healthy economy, an influx of hard working and law abiding immigrants, a rise in college enrollment, and an unexpected outbreak of improved behavior by young men growing up in poverty stricken neighborhoods. New York Murder Mystery is the most authoritative study to date of why crime rates rise and fall.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814748046
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
11/01/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents


Preface
Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
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

Notes
Appendix
References
Name Index
Subject Index
About the Author

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