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The dramatic decline in conventional crime during the 1990s has been widely celebrated, and had not been widely anticipated. Prominent criminologist Zimring (law, Berkeley) explores in depth the specific nature of the decline and the credibility of the various factors and policies to which it has been attributed. The first two chapters identify the parameters of the crime decline and the environment in which it occurred. The two chapters in part 2 examine the various causes and explanations for this decline. The third part looks at the special cases of Canada and New York City. The fourth and final part includes two chapters on likely future directions, and lessons from the experience of the 1990s. To his credit, Zimring disavows simplistic, one-dimensional answers. A complex of factors was involved in the crime decline, and available data cannot fully explain it. A basic limitation of this study is that the author adopts the conventional conception of crime, and says nothing whatsoever about white collar crime. This book, which includes several appendixes, compares most closely with Alfred Blumstein and Joel Wallman, eds., The Crime Drop in America (2000). Summing Up: Recommended. Most levels/libraries. D. O. Friedrichs University of Scranton
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