City That Became Safe New York's Lessons for Urban Crime and Its Control

ISBN-10: 0199324166

ISBN-13: 9780199324163

Edition: 2012

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Description: The forty-percent drop in crime that occurred across the U.S. from 1991 to 2000 remains largely an unsolved mystery. Even more puzzling is the eighty-percent drop over nineteen years in New York City. Twice as long and twice as large, it is the largest crime decline on record.In The City That Became Safe, Franklin E. Zimring seeks out the New York difference through a comprehensive investigation into the city's falling crime rates. The usual understanding is that aggressive police created a zero-tolerance law enforcement regime that drove crime rates down. Is this political sound bite true-are the official statistics generated by the police accurate? Though zero-tolerance policing and quality-of-life were never a consistent part of the NYPD's strategy, Zimring shows the numbers are correct and argues that some combination of more cops, new tactics, and new management can take some credit for the decline That the police can make a difference at all in preventing crime overturns decades of conventional wisdom from criminologists, but Zimring also points out what most experts have missed: the New York experience challenges the basic assumptions driving American crime- and drug-control policies.New York has shown that crime rates can be greatly reduced without increasing prison populations. New York teaches that targeted harm reduction strategies can drastically cut down on drug related violence even if illegal drug use remains high. And New York has proven that epidemic levels of violent crime are not hard-wired into the populations or cultures of urban America. This careful and penetrating analysis of how the nation's largest city became safe rewrites the playbook on crime and its control for all big cities."Provocative and hopeful."-New York Review of Books"In a feat of clear-eyed analysis, Franklin E. Zimring, a law professor at Berkeley, assesses the causes of this unprecedented public-safety achievement. He unpacks his evidence meticulously, synthesizes disparate and difficult materials economically, and addresses counterarguments methodically-and in the process explodes myths and shibboleths embraced by both the left and the right."-The Atlantic"One of the best studies of the psychology of crime, and of cities, that I have ever read."-Adam Gopnik, newyorker.com"This book advances the discussion of urban crime policy by an order of magnitude."-Journal of Urban Affairs"Zimring, one of the nation's preeminent criminologists, convincingly argues that an identifiable human strategy does deserve most of the credit, but it was neither a single approach nor a single elected official. This is a model policy study on a crucial community concern demonstrating that, when it comes to public safety, government can make a difference. Highly recommended."-Choice

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List price: $20.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/1/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990

Preface
Acknowledgments
Anatomy of a Crime Decline
The Crime Decline: Some Vital Statistics
A Safe City Now?
In Search of the New York Difference
Continuity and Change in New York City
Of Demography and Drugs: Testing Two 1990s Theories of Crime Causation
Policing in New York City
Lessons and Questions
Open Questions
Lessons for American Crime Control
Crime and the City
Staten Island: Crime, Policing, and Population in New York's Fifth Borough
The Invisible Economics of New York City Incarceration
Studies of New York Police Factors
Sources for Data on New York City Crime, Arrests, and Police Staffing
References
Index
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