Posts By Adam Smith

Do Decreases in Child Abuse Explain Decreases in Violent Crime?

February 15, 2010 Crime in Amerrica.Net In January we posted an article on why crime rates were falling. We stated that there was no universal explanation for crime rates regardless as to whether they were rising or falling. We admitted that this was confusing to people not in the justice system; the criminological community simplyRead… Read more »

Crime Rankings for Cities: A Fair Comparison?

February 10, 2010 There is a recent article in the New York Times addressing whether or not officers and command staff accurately recorded crime data. The article by William Rashbaum states: “More than a hundred retired New York Police Department captains and higher-ranking officers said in a survey that the intense pressure to produce annualRead… Read more »

Crime News: Time to Legalize Marijuana?

We place our articles on a variety of internet and crime news sites. We find that there are professional and blog sites where we have wonderful conversations about the materials we create. On one recent article we addressed the issue of society controlling itself rather than having the justice system exert so much control. TheRead… Read more »

Crime Statistics: No Prison Sentences for Most Felony Convictions

January 25, 2010 We appreciate your opinions at Gentlereaders: A student was asking about incarceration in the United States. He is aware that the United States is the world’s leader in rates of incarceration per a number of sources. According to the New York Times: “The United States has less than 5 percent ofRead… Read more »

Sex Offender Registries—Giving Citizens What they Want?

This question will be used as a discussion point for a “Crime and the Media” class at an eastern university. Your opinions are welcomed. Gentlereaders: The study below suggests that sex offender registries are not associated with reduced recidivism (re-arrests or re-convictions). This is not the first study questioning the validity of sex offender registries.Read… Read more »

Why are violent crime rates falling? We Want Your Opinion

Gentlereaders: This is the title of an editorial in the Washington Post on Saturday, January 2, 2010. And as you can see from the national statistic on the bottom half of this article, crime is indeed down and down considerably. There are two thoughts that come to our minds when discussing the decline if crime.Read… Read more »