Magazine article Corrections Forum

NYC Incarceration, Crime Both Down; Can Mayor Rightfully Claim Credit?

Magazine article Corrections Forum

NYC Incarceration, Crime Both Down; Can Mayor Rightfully Claim Credit?

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Wall Street Journal

New York City reports 32 percent decrease in both the felony crime rate and the number of people behind bars since Mayor Michael Bloomberg took office. The city says its incarceration rate is 27 percent lower than the rest of the nation. "Policing strategies that reduce crime have the added benefit of dramatically reducing incarceration in New York City," said Bloomberg advisor John Feinblatt. "This was not foreordained. Instead it is the result of stopping crimes before they happen, and keeping those who would have been convicted of those crimes out of jails, productively engaged in their communities."

Criminal justice experts said that while New York's consistent policing and commitment to jail alternatives were a factor in the low incarceration rate, the real reasons behind the decline in felony crimes are a mystery. …

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