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Violent Crime in America
A look at some of the causes of violent crime in America and methods of prevention.
# 50351 | 938 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2004 | US
Published on Apr 13, 2004 in Criminology (General)

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This paper examines how violent crime is on the rise in America. It attempts to analyze some of its causes, from decades of social, economic and political changes and drugs to shifts in population demographics, and changes to the policies and practices of law enforcement. It explores how there are a number of options on how violent crime can be stemmed, such as government programs. It also looks at how groups like the Council on Crime in America have suggested that broader incorporation of incarceration would help reduce violent crime in America.

From the Paper:

"There are a wide variety of opinions on the causes of violent crime, and in addition, opinions on how to stem violent crime are equally divided. The fear over rising levels of violent crime and the violence associated with the emergence of crack cocaine brought on some strong pressure to increase sentences for drug offenders. Remarkably, New York State showed a 192 percent rise in the number of sentences related to felonies, while showing a 1,151 percent increase in sentences related to drug felony offenses from 1980 to 1990. Brownstein argues, "the arrest and prosecution of crack fiends simply and visibly demonstrated an official commitment to doing something about crime." "

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