I am constantly amazed in this new era that is so focused on connecting dots.......that the reason the crime rate is down is that the crooks are in jail! And the longer sentences are one of the big dots. What else but a lower crime rate can one expect when the crooks are off the streets for a longer period of time? This may not be politically correct, but it sure makes sense to me. What seems insane is the thinking that now that the crime rate is down we can let the crooks out of jail. Or, not incarcerate them at all.
Oystergrouch, I drew the same conclusions you did from the story. The author of the story, and maybe of the report, would likely be as amazed as you that we drew those conclusions which seem obvious to me.