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Crime and Punishment


In the New York Times, Ross Douthat writes about the Maurice Clemmons case and the correlation of violent crime rates with the size of the prison population. One passage in particular jumped out at both Roberto and me:
[Conservatives'] approach has worked. The violent crime rate has been cut by nearly 40 percent since its early-1990s peak. The murder rate is at its lowest point since Lyndon Johnson was president.
We think that's a misreading of the facts. I recently wrote an article that points out that crime has dropped in every state, and dropped more dramatically in some states that were cutting their prison populations.

But it is great that Douthat is writing about this, and that he points out that it is largely the Christians who are leading the reform efforts.

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