Friday, October 7, 2022

Crime a Problem?

 Recently, I read one person's analysis that crime is down but prison populations are up so what privatized prisons are the problem. For-profit prison services need to maintain revenue streams so any attempts towards rehabilitation are going to be ineffective. Non-violent offenders become violent offenders through informal prison "training." Soft criminals become hardened criminals through doing time.

Then I looked at the data. Prison populations grew through 2013 but in the last decade, state and federal prisoner populations have decreased. Many states have their lowest prison populations since the 1990s and 1980s. And that now matches the trend in reported violent crime, with some additional analysis (because of inherent differences and omissions by the two main reporting agencies according to Pew Research).

So is crime a problem? Why are people so fearful of rampant crime (again) when the number of crimes and victims have dramatically dropped over the past decades?

We must need something to worry about!

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