Unformatted text preview: Chapter 6—Crack and Homicide in New York City • There has been considerable confusion in interpreting the evidence linking crack to rising rates of violent crime. o For example, the number of national homicides reached a high of 21,860 in 1989 and then declined, remaining fairly level throughout most of the 1980s. o In NYC, the total number of homicides committed in 1988 reached 1896—an increase of more than 13% over the 1987 total, and was an apparent single-year record for the city. o The number of homicides increased to record or near record levels that year in other American cities as well. • Even before the observed rise in homicides in 1988, policy makers were expressing concern about the extent to which homicides were drug related. o Law enforcement officials had begun to suggest that much of the homicide rate could be explained by the relationship between drugs and violence....
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