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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Prisoner releases and crime rates

Crime and Consequences suggests a link between rising crime rates in California and realignment:

Does this prove realignment is the cause?  No, proof either way is not possible at this point.  But it's probable cause, at the very least.  Common sense tells us that releasing large numbers of criminals is likely to cause increased crime.  The pattern of increases in the various crimes fits the pattern we would expect if realignment were the cause of the increase.  No alternative explanation for an increase in 2012 is apparent.

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