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NCJ Number: 67044 Find in a Library
Title: ARSON PROBLEMS IN NEW YORK CITY - HEARING BEFORE A HOUSE SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS, 96TH CONGRESS, 1ST SESSION, APRIL 28, 1979
Author(s): ANON
Corporate Author: US Congress
House Cmtte on Appropriations
United States of America
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 50
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
US Congress
Washington, DC 20515
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THESE HEARING MINUTES OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES' SUBCOMMITTEE ON ARSON CONTAIN TESTIMONY BY 11 EXPERT WITNESSES WHO PROVIDE INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROBLEM OF ARSON-RELATED CRIMES IN NEW YORK CITY.
Abstract: THE PURPOSE OF THE HEARING WAS TO FIND THE MEANS FOR CREATING A COORDINATED EFFORT AMONG AGENCIES ON ALL LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT TO COMBAT THE PROBLEM OF ARSON. NEW YORK REPRESENTATIVE JOSEPH P. ADDABBO STATED THAT ESTIMATES SHOW THAT PROPERTY DAMAGE IS UP TO 4 BILLION DOLLARS AND OVER 1,000 PEOPLE DIE EACH YEAR FROM ARSON-RELATED CRIMES. A BUREAU OF ALCOHOL, TOBACCO AND FIREARMS (BATF) REPORT ENDING FEBRUARY 28, 1979 NOTED THAT ONLY 127 OUT OF 578 INVESTIGATIONS WERE SUCCESSFUL AND 54 DEFENDANTS WERE PROSECUTED, WHILE ONLY 13 WERE FOUND GUILTY. THE WITNESSES REPRESENT THE RIDGEWOOD TIMES, BATF, FBI, U.S. FIRE ADMINISTRATION, INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FIRE FIGHTERS, MAYOR CAREY'S ARSON STRIKE FORCE, NEW YORK CITY FIRE AND POLICE DEPARTMENTS, NEW YORK DEPARTMENT OF STATE, AND LEAA. THESE WITNESSES OUTLINED THE PROBLEMS THAT LOCAL AGENCIES FACE COMBATTING ARSON CRIMES AND GENERALLY AGREE THAT MAJOR CITIES NEED STRONGER LEGISLATION AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE. INFORMATION FROM SIGNIFICANT INVESTIGATIONS AND A LETTER FROM LEAA TO ADDABBO, CONCERNING FUNDS TO NEW YORK, ARE INCLUDED. (JLF)
Index Term(s): Arson; Criminal investigation; New York; Organized crime investigation
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