Tuesday, April 3, 2007
From TimesDispatch.com: University of Richmond School of Law CrimProf Ronald J. Bacigal discussed Richmond, VA's drop in crime since 2006.
There has been a 78 percent drop in deadly violence in Richmond since 2006. Statistics obtained by The Times-Dispatch show fewer violent crimes such as rape, aggravated assault and robbery of an individual. Property crimes -- arson, bur- glary, larceny and auto theft also have dipped markedly in the first three months of 2007 compared with the same period last year.
Major crime -- a combination of all violent crimes and property crimes -- is down 18 percent.
"It's been long enough now that it's looking like it's not just a momentary blip," said Ronald J. Bacigal, a former prosecutor and defense lawyer, now a professor of criminal law and criminal procedure at the University of Richmond's School of Law.
"It looks like something is going on," he said, reflecting on the continuing downward trend in deadly violence. "But I'll leave it to the sociologists to figure out exactly what that is."
Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]