Monday, April 25, 2005

Fox Butterfield must be on vacation

Butterfield is famous for his annual report on the state of our prison population in which he constantly repeats what he sees as a paradox: crime rates are falling, but prison population is rising.

In his absense, the NYT has run an AP story with the same paradox today.

While the crime rate has fallen over the last decade, the number of people going
to prison and jail is outpacing the number of inmates released, said an author of the report, Paige M. Harrison.

Cause and effect, people. When the number of bad guys going to jail goes up, crime rates go down. A concept perhaps to simple for the nuanced folks at the NYT

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