Based on data collected by the FBI, crime rates have gone down but the number of police shootings have increased. Most of the time when the police fire their guns, it’s because the suspects have ran away. This proves that this is mostly about police hostility. Many people only notice the police shootings when a black man is killed because they look at it as a racial problem. The killings of black men stick out way more
With 136 recorded unarmed deaths from 2015 to 2016, there is a need for reform within policing procedures (“Number of People…” 1). Further, Castille’s death gives rise in efforts to stop police brutality, such as the notable Black Lives Matter Movement. Sensing a biased attitude, minority groups perceive policing figures as untrustworthy and unreliable, demonstrating a decline in police accountability. However, police accountability in Castille’s case is disputable because traffic stops are known as the most dangerous part in policing, and the shooting may have been carried out for self-protection rather than personal satisfaction (“Police Brutality: Do…” 8). When discussing possibilities of reform based on the circumstance of the brutal act, there is an evolving debate of whether community involvement is effective in fulfilling a role towards regaining democratic order and public security, or if the police force should continue to take law enforcement matters into their own hands (Friedmann
Only aggrade adult is included in the FBI 's part one crimes. But both are included in the National Crime Victimization Survey. The major difference between homicide and aggravated assault is if the person dies. Homicide is still connected to aggravated assault. Victim surveys are not reliable, so it is best to focus on the more reliable data of the UCR.
What people do not understand is that sometimes the victim is actually the one causing the problems. In certain situations police body cameras are very helpful and affective. “Since the pilot program started in 2014, complaints have dropped by 40.5 percent and the use of "personal body" force by officers fell 46.5 percent. Officer's use of pepper spray was reduced by 30.5 percent, according to a report released by the Police Department for the City Council's Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee” (Prall 1). If this trend continues it is less likely for police to be viewed in the public eye as the wrong doers.
One of the biggest issues with America’s prison system is overcrowding. Overcrowding affects the cost of incarceration and the mentality of prisoners. However, the issue has yet to be seriously addressed. In fact, many politicians claim that mass incarceration has led to a dramatic decline in crime, citing statistics from the 1990s, when crime rates fell by almost 40 percent. However, further research has proven that mass incarceration has little effect on crime rates.
A decrease in incidence of gun-related violence has also decreased in the US during the time when the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act was in effect. There are two arguments dominating the gun control issue. The anti-gun control people believes that the problem is with the people not with the guns and imposing heavier sanctions, harsher punishments on criminals, and more armed guards should solve the problem of gun violence. On the other hand, the pro-gun control people argues that the easy accessibility of firearms directly correlates gun-related violence and mass shooting (Lemieux, 2014). Both arguments have its merits, but in dealing with the gun control issue, it is important to put ethics and public health implications into consideration (Boylan,
Race, Class, and Incarceration The main goal of the U.S. law enforcement has been to make the world a safer place but in the process of making the world a safer and “better” place there have been quite some downfalls. One of those many downfalls would have to be the American prison system. In today’s society police enforcement has given so much focus on prosecuting street crime while failing to acknowledge white-collar crime and other major crimes that occur every day. As demonstrated in Trends in U.S. corrections, the U.S. has had the highest rates of incarceration as of 2011 adding up to more than seventy hundred thousand(The Sentencing Project 3). Race and class play an important role on who is punished for such crimes as well as who gets
This measure does not aim to reinstate criminals back to normal social lives, it aims to eliminate criminals that does not do any well to society. Moreover, this people does not consider the facts. China has reduced to half murder rate in their first year of application death penalty. In conclusion death penalty it is an effective deterrent because due to or primitive characteristics we reject anything that provoke us fear and again, what provoke us fear more than death? The risk that innocent people die under death penalty is extremely low due to legal appellations and has succeeded in most of the 58 countries who apply it as a capital crime.
Especially in the urban areas, crime rates have dropped by around 20 percent after increased surveillances, and has stayed low since then. Also, by examining a study they did in Chicago, we can see that by spending roughly $190,000 on surveillance, they had saved $815,000 on criminal justice. This shows that surveillance are a very important law enforcing tool as well. In conclusion, I believe that some amount of individual privacy must be sacrificed in order to increase safety. Even though the erosion of individual privacy goes against our most fundamental and hard won freedoms, security is very important.
The answer is obvious: crime. But why does the United States have such a higher rate of incarceration compared to other countries? According to an article done in TheEconomist.com, one of the biggest causes of incarceration is the harsh drug penalties. State legislatures began passing laws that meted out the mandatory-minimum sentences for drug-related crimes, but this still did not make that big of a difference. In fact, according to a chart done by Prospect.org, the majority (52%) of inmates in federal prison are there because of drug related victims.
Based on the readings in Chapter 4, during the 1990’s there were 8 explanations for the drop in crime. Those explanations were, innovative policing strategies, increased reliance on prisons, changes in crack and other drug markets, aging of the population, tougher gun-control laws, strong economy, increased number of police and all other explanations (which includes gun buyback and increase use of capital punishment). I was very surprised by the findings in the reach found by Levitt and Dubner. The explanations given initially I believed were very good reasons for drop in crime. The shock was that most of those were not even reason for crime drops and the ones that were actual valid reasons were not what I expected.
Studies show that use of force complaints were decreased by 75 percent once the use of body cameras was put into play (scheindlin, pg 1). Even though having law enforcement wear body cameras would dramaticly help reduce the number of cases involving police brutality there also needs to be some further training as well, for police officers it is hard to train for these very difficult situations and you really can’t train for it to some extent and a lot of citizens don’t know what it is like to be in a situation where you might possibly have to kill
Furthermore, most of this increase is the result of Chicago 's murder rate increasing so significantly. We are thrilled that crime rates are decreasing, but wish to know what is driving up the murder rates in certain cities. Some experts believe it is due to fewer police officers and/or fewer programs designed to prevent violence. Poverty does appear to play a role in this problem, and the same is true of a rise in gang violence in these cities. With the current administration looking at gun control laws, this may be changing, but no one can say what impact this will truly have.