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September 02, 2009

Amazing new study finds that crime goes up when criminals are dumped back into their neighborhoods (chad)

Led by UC Irvine criminologist John Hipp, the study found that, in most cases, reports of aggravated assault, robbery and burglary go up when parolees return to their neighborhoods - and that if they have violent backgrounds, murder rates increase.

However, crime rates decrease when parolees move back to neighborhoods with longtime residents, and they increase at a slower rate in areas with nonprofit groups offering economic resources and youth intervention programs. These findings suggest that social factors play a role in how communities handle an influx of parolees.

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In an average month, increases in the parolee population correlated to a more than 8 percent rise in aggravated assault reports, a 20 percent jump in robbery reports and a nearly 10 percent upswing in burglary reports. Murder rates surged by about 20 percent when violent parolees returned to neighborhoods. Every year, U.S. jails and prisons release about 700,000 parolees.

Man, who could have predicted that? It is just so counter-intuitive to think that violent criminals might commit violent crimes. Thank God we fund studies like this.

It was this or the fart detector built by the Cornell students. Hopefully I made the correct choice.


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