In preparing for a White House conference this week, I’ve reviewed the recent data on the fight against crime. And it’s depressing. For example, the share of violent crimes in the U.S. for which arrests are made is shockingly low — less than half in 2014, the FBI reports. For burglaries, the share was only 14 percent.
That, in turn, points to the great flaw in how we’ve gone about fighting crime: We’ve relied too much on longer prison sentences for those convicted.
from Bloomberg View – Articles by Peter R. Orszag