Roanoke Times

Less crime also doesn’t pay in Western Virginia’s federal courts

By Mike Gangloff. Roanoke Times. August 28, 2011
… Jeffrey Butts, a professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, said in an email that criminologists credit the expansion of the prison population, improvements in policing, shifts in the job market and patterns of drug use among the factors that have reduced crime. But “even when all these things are added together, we still can’t explain close to half of why crime rates go up and down. They just do,” Butts said.

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