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Monday, September 11, 2006

CrimProf James Alan Fox Explains Bureau of Justice Crime Stats

Fox4webFrom Northeastern University CrimProf James Alan Fox recently explained the meaning of the Bureau of Justice Statistics which showed Americans were robbed and victimized by gun violence at greater rates last year than the year before, even though overall violent and property crime reached a 32-year low.

Last year, there were two violent gun crimes for every 1,000 individuals, compared with 1.4 in 2004, according to the department's Bureau of Justice Statistics. There were 2.6 robberies for every 1,000 people, compared with 2.1 the year before.

"This report tells us (the more serious) events, robbery and gun crimes, increased, and the FBI already told us homicides increased," said Fox. "So while the report shows the more numerous but least serious violence - simple assaults, which is pushing and shoving - went down, the mix got worse in terms of severity. That wasn't a very good trade-off," Fox said.

Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]

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