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  • Homicides reached a 10-year low in 2015. Why?

    The Boston Globe - 04/04/2016

    The ability to track crime in real time, an increase in video surveillance, changes in the drug market, and an aging population have contributed to the nationwide drop, said James Alan Fox, a criminology professor at Northeastern University.

    But Fox warned that murder rates can rebound, noting that homicides increased in the early 1990s during the crack cocaine epidemic.

    “You don’t solve the crime problem; you only control it,” he said.

    Because of that, Fox said, declining homicides should not result in funding cuts to programs that have led to the state’s success.


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