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When and why violent crime rises in America




"The Rise and Fall of Violent Crime in America" by Barry Latzer.
Encounter Books

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New York City, Chicago, Washington DC, Baltimore, St. Louis have all experienced a spike in violent crime in the last few years.

Los Angeles is no exception. LAPD found that violent crime jumped 20 percent in 2015 from a year ago, and property crime also climbed 10 percent.

In his new book, criminologist Barry Latzer looks at the cyclical nature of violent crime rates. The late 1960s saw a dramatic spike in violent crime across America, Latzer puts into social context the factors that drove the surge, and what eventually brought it down.

The book provides a framework to think about what’s been happening in major cities today, and offers a blueprint to address the problem as California implement a series of criminal justice reform measures to reduce jail population and penalties.

Guest:

Barry Latzer, author of “The Rise and Fall of Violent Crime in America” (Encounter Books, 2016). He is also a professor emeritus at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York