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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

"Public Ignorance About Crime Rates"

Ilya Somin has this post at The Volokh Conspiracy. Addressing the causes and consequences of the public's overestimation of crime rates. In part:

Public overestimation of the crime rate can influence policy. On the right, people who believe that crime is worse than it actually is are probably more likely to support an aggressive War on Drugs, and to tolerate the massive militarization of the police that has arisen over the last thirty to forty years. On the left, inaccurate perceptions that gun crime is going up help fuel calls for stringent gun control measures.

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