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

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

"A useful reminder of the challenge of assessing crime rates, lies, damn lies and statistics"

Doug Berman has this post at Sentencing Law & Policy on a dispute about crime rates in Denver. In part, his excerpt of the Denver Post article:

Denver's top two law enforcement officials disagree on the answer to what ought to be a simple question: Is violent crime up or down?

Police Chief Robert White and District Attorney Mitch Morrissey aren't quibbling over minor details; they have a nearly 18 percentage-point difference in opinion about the way crime is trending.  Experts say their disagreement underscores the complexities of measuring and interpreting crime trends in a major city.

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