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January 5, 2012 | By Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times
Even since the economy began stalling several years ago, there have been dire warnings that crime would rise. But in Southern California, crime continues its long decline despite the weak economy. Indeed, 2011 brought new worries about a "double dip recession," yet streets in many parts of the region were the safest they've been in decades. The trend continues to puzzle some criminologists but has reinforced the view of many in law enforcement that factors other than the economy determine the rise or fall of crime.
November 22, 2011 | By Greg Ridgeway and Paul Heaton
At a recent Capitol Hill rally for the administration's job creation bills, Vice President Joe Biden urged America to hire more police — even in this era of austerity — or accept that crime will increase. His point is worth considering. Although crime in the United States on average has shown a historic decline since the early 1990s, a recent Rand Corp. report shows that a 10% increase in the size of a police force decreases the rate of homicide by 9%, robbery by 6% and vehicle theft by 4% each year.
October 12, 2011 | By John Hoeffel, Los Angeles Times
Rand Corp.'s website has removed a controversial study that suggested medical marijuana dispensaries may help reduce crime in their neighborhoods, a decision that came almost three weeks after enraged Los Angeles city attorneys slammed the report and demanded an immediate retraction. Warren Robak, a spokesman for the Santa Monica-based think tank, said Tuesday, "As we've begun to take a look at the report, we decided it's best to remove it from circulation until that review is complete.
October 3, 2011 | By Joel Rubin and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles Police Department will remove 150 officers from patrol and other assignments to deal with the fallout from a state-mandated plan to reduce prison overcrowding, a move that Police Chief Charlie Beck said will slow response times to 911 calls. Beck and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa joined forces Monday to criticize the state's attempt to relieve severe prison overcrowding, saying it has unfairly saddled the LAPD with a burden that the department does not have the resources to address.
September 19, 2011 | By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times
Violent crime in 2010 dropped 6% from the year before, the FBI reported Monday, the fourth consecutive year of such declines. Property crime fell 2.7% from 2009, marking the eighth consecutive annual decrease, the agency said. The government's annual report, called “Crime in the United States,” is based on data from more than 18,000 city, county, university and college, state, tribal and federal law enforcement agencies from around the nation and presents the most complete picture of what residents do to other residents in the way of crime.
May 29, 2011 | By Jeanne Woodford and Barry Krisberg
In his dissent from the majority in the recent Supreme Court decision requiring California to reduce its prison population by 33,000 inmates, Justice Antonin Scalia warned that "terrible things are sure to happen as a consequence of this outrageous order. " But Californians shouldn't panic. The state won't have to throw open the prison doors to meet the court's order if it embraces very modest sentencing reforms. Prudent ideas for reducing the prison population have been advocated by various task forces, including ones led by former Gov. George Deukmejian, by former Atty.
May 27, 2011
A New York message Re "Medicare plan may have cost GOP a seat," May 25 Democrat Kathy Hochul took a House seat away from the Republicans in a very conservative district in New York, and most folks think it was because Republicans want to turn Medicare into a private voucher program. There were, in fact, many other issues. Polling in the district showed that voters were equally concerned with the lack of jobs created by the newly elected House majority. In addition, voters throughout the country are upset that Republicans refuse to discard the huge tax cut for the very wealthy and their refusal to end big tax breaks for oil companies.
September 19, 2010 | By T.L. Stanley, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Since when did a trip to scenic Hawaii involve human smuggling, machine-gun fire, kidnappings, international terrorism and murder? The stars of the upcoming CBS series "Hawaii Five-0," want to make it clear that the reboot of the classic crime show has levity mixed with the grit, even though the first episode on Monday contains all the above mayhem and then some. "There are waves and palm trees and girls in bikinis," said Alex O'Loughlin, who has stepped into the role of iconic island cop Steve McGarrett.
September 14, 2010 | By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau
The nation's crime rate dropped 5% last year, continuing a 20-year trend that has cut the incidence of major crimes nearly in half, according to FBI statistics . Crime experts have cited several possible explanations for the falling crime rate, including better policing, a swelling of the prison population, the decline of the crack cocaine epidemic and an aging population. But regardless of the reason, crime fell sharply during the 1990s and has declined gradually since then.
December 24, 2009 | By Joel Rubin and Richard Winton
Crime in Los Angeles County dropped again in 2009 despite rising unemployment and the bad economy, continuing a slide that has pushed homicides to levels not seen since the 1960s. Killings dropped about 17% in Los Angeles and by nearly a quarter in areas patrolled by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Together, the agencies investigated about 500 killings through Sunday -- a sharp drop in bloodshed compared with the more than 1,500 in 1992, the year of the Los Angeles riots.
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