Fat Steve's Blatherings

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Still Clueless After All These Years

      It's one of those jokes that keeps on being funny no matter how many times you hear it:

      The ever-reliably-idiotic New York Times has an article headlined:

Despite Drop in Crime, an Increase in Inmates.

      And just in case you think that's something the editor tacked on, the article says:
The continuing increase in the prison population, despite a drop or leveling off in the crime rate in the past few years, is a result of laws passed in the 1990's that led to more prison sentences and longer terms. . .

In seeking to explain the paradox of a falling crime rate but a rising prison population, Mr. Beck pointed out that F.B.I. statistics showed that from 1994 to 2003 there was a 16 percent drop in arrests for violent crime, including a 36 percent decrease in arrests for murder and a 25 percent decrease in arrests for robbery.

But the tough new sentencing laws led to a growth in inmates being sent to prison, from 522,000 in 1995 to 615,400 in 2002, the report said.

      Look, morons, the reason the crime rate is dropping is because the number of inmates is increasing.  Crimes are committed by criminals, and locking them up decreases the number of crimes they can commit.

      It's astonishing that anyone still has to point this out.

(hat tip: Tom Maguire)


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