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When and why violent crime rises in America

"The Rise and Fall of Violent Crime in America" by Barry Latzer.
Encounter Books

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New York City, Chicago, Washington DC, Baltimore, St. Louis have all experienced a spike in violent crime in the last few years.

Los Angeles is no exception. LAPD found that violent crime jumped 20 percent in 2015 from a year ago, and property crime also climbed 10 percent.

In his new book, criminologist Barry Latzer looks at the cyclical nature of violent crime rates. The late 1960s saw a dramatic spike in violent crime across America, Latzer puts into social context the factors that drove the surge, and what eventually brought it down.

The book provides a framework to think about what’s been happening in major cities today, and offers a blueprint to address the problem as California implement a series of criminal justice reform measures to reduce jail population and penalties.


Barry Latzer, author of “The Rise and Fall of Violent Crime in America” (Encounter Books, 2016). He is also a professor emeritus at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York