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NCJ Number: 67176 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: CROSSROADS ON CRIME - A REPORT
Author(s): ANON
Corporate Author: Citizens Crime Cmssn of New York City
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 38
Sponsoring Agency: Citizens Crime Cmssn of New York City
New York, NY 10017
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS REPORT OF THE CITIZENS CRIME COMMISSION OF NEW YORK CITY DISCUSSES VIOLENT CRIME IN THE CITY IN 1979, THE ACTIONS TAKEN AGAINST IT, AND THE PROGRAMS NECESSARY TO COMBAT IT IN THE FUTURE.
Abstract: IN THE FIRST 6 MONTHS OF 1979, NEW YORK RANKED SECOND IN VIOLENT CRIME AMONG THE 10 LARGEST U.S. CITIES. IN 1979, ALL-TIME RECORDS FOR MURDER AND BANK ROBBERY WERE ESTABLISHED. A TOTAL OF 35 PERCENT OF MURDERS INVOLVED MURDER BY STRANGERS, MAINLY DURING ROBBERIES; 79 PERCENT INVOLVED FRIENDS AND ACQUAINTANCES. ONLY TWO-THIRDS OF ALL MURDER CASES ARE CLEARED (MURDERERS CAUGHT AND PUNISHED). IN ADDITION, HOMICIDE IS THE LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH IN NEW YORK CITY MALES AGED 15 TO 44. ROBBERY IN THE CITY IS EXTREMELY COMMON WITH 75-85,000 CASES REPORTED ANNUALLY. HOWEVER, THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM IS DEVELOPING PROGRAMS WHICH COULD REVERSE THE PRESENT CRIME TRENDS. THE MOST IMPORTANT OF THESE PROGRAMS ARE: CONCENTRATING RESOURCES ON THE DANGEROUS OR PREDATORY OFFENDER; PROVIDING GUIDELINES FOR CRIMINAL SENTENCING; AND EXPANDING AND IMPROVING CITY AND STATE CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES. THESE PROGRAMS SHOULD BE SEEN AS A COHERENT WHOLE, AND THE COMMISSION WILL ENFORCE THAT VIEW IN THE 1980'S. PROGRAMS FOR IDENTIFYING AND DEALING WITH PREDATORY CRIMINALS WILL BE STUDIED AND CRIMES OF ROBBERY AND MURDER WILL CONTINUE TO BE ANALYZED AS WELL AS THE USE OF FIREARMS IN VIOLENT CRIME. THE STATE'S TAKEOVER OF RIKERS ISLAND WILL BE MONITORED AND CRIME PREVENTION PROGRAMS AT NEIGHBORHOOD LEVELS STUDIED (PARTICULARLY ALTERNATIVES TO OVERCROWDED CRIMINAL COURTS). A STUDY OF MIDTOWN CRIME WILL BE INITIATED. BETTER CRIME CONTROL AND BETTER COORDINATION WITHIN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM CAN IMPROVE NEW YORK'S QUALITY OF LIFE. NOTES AND REFERENCES ARE PROVIDED. (MJW)
Index Term(s): Citizen crime precautions; Community crime prevention programs; Dangerousness; New York; Professional criminals; Robbery; Violence; Violent crime statistics; Violent crimes; Violent offenders
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