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Crime Statistics and the Washington, D.C. "Crime Emergency:" What is the Real Crisis and How Should We Respond

Crime, the causes of crime, and potential solutions to the Districts’ crime problems are more complicated and nuanced than they have been portrayed by law enforcement and politicians during the “crime emergency” debate. Criminologists and most law enforcement officials would agree that the reasons why crime rises and falls in a jurisdiction are complicated, and rarely does one factor explain the whole story.

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