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Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Oregon's Felony Rate Dramatically Dropped

From Murder and mayhem may be on the rise in a number of big cities across the country -- but not here in Portland.

This week the FBI released its latest national report that said murder had sharply increased in cities of more than 1 million people. But in Portland and across the nation, crime has been falling. The rate of robbery, rape and murder now stands at a 40 year low.

Why the dramatic drop?

Many would like to take credit, starting with Measure 11 proponents. But social scientists and law enforcement experts say it is impossible to attribute success to any one reason because many factors influence the crime rate. The drop in crime is so sweeping, no single city can claim the winning strategy. Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]

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