Wednesday, January 06, 2010
Heather MacDonald notes that the leftist conceit that poverty breeds crime has been thoroughly discredited.
The recession could still affect crime rates if cities cut their police forces and states start releasing prisoners early. Both forms of cost-saving would be self-defeating. Public safety is the precondition for thriving urban life. In 1990s New York, crime did not drop because the economy improved; rather, the city's economy revived because crime was cut in half. Keeping crime rates low now is the best guarantee that cities across the country will be able to exploit the inevitable economic recovery when it comes.Unfortunately, her identification of a likely cause of our nation's relatively low recent crime rate is inherently a warning, given who's in charge.