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Author Karmen, Andrew.

Title New York murder mystery : the true story behind the crime crash of the 1990s / Andrew Karmen.

Published New York : New York University Press, [2000]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  363.1523097471 KARM    AVAILABLE
Physical description xix, 316 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 275-305) and indexes.
Contents The 1990s crime crash in New York -- Deconstructing murders -- NYPD or not NYPD: that is the question -- Behind bars? -- The drug-crime connection -- It's the economy, stupid! or is it? Did the boom cause the crash? -- Where have all the criminals gone? Did favorable demographic trends facilitate the crash? -- Lessons from the New York experience.
Summary In 1990, New Yorkers were being murdered at a record clip of over 2,200 a year. By the end of 1997, the body count had dived to 767, one third of what it was a mere seven years before. The number of robberies, car thefts, and other crimes also plummeted. This precipitous, unprecedented, and unexpected crime crash -- the most dramatic example of a broader, nationwide trend in the 1990s -- has been viewed by many as not less than a miracle.
Andrew Karmen, the leader of a research team assembled to explain this phenomenon, here 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 rata. 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 demographics, a healthy economy, and an outbreak of good behavior. He concludes by offering predictions for the future.
New York Murder Mystery is the most authoritative study to date of why crime rates rise and fall.
Subject Murder -- New York (State) -- New York.
Crime prevention -- New York (State) -- New York.
Police -- New York (State) -- New York.
Criminals -- New York (State) -- New York.
ISBN 0814747175 (cl. : alk. paper)