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Thu, May 26, 2011 -- 9:00 AM

Crime Rate Drop


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California's murder rates, released this week, are at the lowest level in more than 40 years. It's not just homicides -- nearly all crimes have dramatically declined locally, statewide and nationally. We discuss the reasons for the crime dip, and what it could mean for criminal justice policy.

Host: Dave Iverson

Guests:

  • Alfred Blumstein, criminologist at Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University and co-author of "Crime Drop in America"
  • Barry Krisberg, research and policy director at UC Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law and member of the California Blue Ribbon Commission on Inmate Population Management
  • Chris Magnus, chief of police of Richmond, California
  • Ronald Davis, chief of police for the City of East Palo Alto

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