That is the strategy given in a recent article from the New York Times; http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/24/opinion/sunday/how-to-lock-up-fewer-people.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=1 but, as this story from the Crime & Consequences blog notes, that would not be a good idea as the strategies of broken windows policing and three strikes sentencing have caused an unprecedented crime decrease over the years of their implementation, with violent crime dropping from 47.7 per 1,000 population in 1973 to 15.0 per 1,000 population in 2009, as noted in the dramatic graph from the U.S. Department of Justice included in the Crime & Consequences story.
We keep hearing from the sentencing “reform” movement that our criminal justice system is broken. We heard it once more today in an op-ed in the NYT.
Is it true? Is our criminal justice system broken?
I stumbled across the graph below doing some research. Judge for yourself.
My own view is easy to state. The claim that the criminal justice system is broken is not just misguided or poorly informed. It’s a point-blank lie. The number of victims of violent crime aged 12 and over, per 1000 population, has dropped by two-thirds in one generation. That is a spectacular success by any conceivable measure. Whatever we’re doing, we should do more of.
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