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8/22/07 Myths or Realities? 1. Crime is increasing - MYTH a. Perhaps just recently, but over the past decade crime is actually down 2. The federal government is the focal point in crime control/reduction. - MYTH a. Almost all law enforcement is local. Over 3,000 counties in the U.S. 3. We know why people commit crimes – MYTH 4. Adding police will reduce crime. – MYTH a. How you position them is key 5. Most defendants and offenders are in jail or prison – MYTH a. 90% out (pre-trial), 10% in 6. Most in prison are serving long terms so they won’t return to society – MYTH a. 90+% will return to society, 2/3 will return to prison after that 7. Solve the drug problem and we solve the crime problem 8. Large expenditures on prevention programs will solve crime – MYTH 9/5/07 9/5/07 Ten Fallacies - Felson 1. Dramatic Fallacy a. “Police work consists of hour upon hour of boredom, interrupted by moments of sheer terror.” 2. Cops and Courts Fallacy a. We overestimate the importance of the justice system. Most crimes are
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