Crime Dropping in Major Cities

Crime is down in big cities across America, leaving experts wondering why.
July 20, 2009, 2pm PDT | Nate Berg
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Washington D.C., Los Angeles and New York are on track to record the fewest homicides in 40 years, and other major cities across the country are experiencing similar trends.

"'Experts did not see this coming at all,' said Andrew Karmen, a criminologist and professor of sociology at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York.

In the District and Prince George's County, homicides are down about 17 percent this year.

Criminologists have different theories about why crime is down so much, although many agree that the common belief that crime is connected to the economy is false."

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Published on Monday, July 20, 2009 in The Washington Post
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