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10 Unusual Ideas to Fight Crime

These latest research-backed policy proposals may surprise you.

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The Puzzling Relationship Between Crime and the Economy

Criminologists say bad economies create more crime; economists say the opposite. But recent data reveals neither explanation is right.

Why You Shouldn't Get Too Worked Up About the FBI's Latest Crime Stats

Crime was up in 2012, but it's not a sign darker days are coming.

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Why It's So Hard to Contextualize Gun Deaths

Comparisons to car accidents or prescription drug overdoses offer little insight.

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The Correlation Between Gun Deaths and the Assault Weapons Ban

According to new data, gun deaths declined the fastest when the federal law was in place.

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An Innovative Model for Helping a City's Most Vulnerable

Social impact bonds infuse private capital into public-sector activities, helping build a better safety net while reducing the state’s burden.

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More Thoughts on Creating an Effective Assault Weapons Ban

We can reduce street crimes by making the gun owner responsible for whatever happens with the weapon, no matter who pulls the trigger.

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How to Create an Assault Weapons Ban That Would Actually Cut Down on Violence

The 1994 Assault Weapons Ban had important, positive effects that were just beginning to take root when it expired in 2004.

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How Economic Segregation Spreads Crime Like a Virus

Integration is the best way to make our cities safer.

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This Most Recent Decline in U.S. Violent Crime Is Different From the Last One

Homicide rates have fallen significantly in some places. Does economic development deserve the credit?