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  • DocLop DocLop Jan 7, 1999 5:04 PM Flag

    Big dividends

    This message is remarkably like the cake recipe message by fibre3 on the old cca thread. Are you one and the same?

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    • mistaken for fiber3. My message was meant to
      sarcastically sympathize with those poor felons on whom the
      justice system heaps the consequences of society's
      failings, as detailed in post 97. Sorry if you missed the
      connection. Always glad to have new posters, though - would
      love to have you share your thoughts with us.

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      • Gary S. Becker, 1992 U of Chicago Nobel laureate,
        wrote an article in the current issue of Business Week
        entitled "How the U.S. Handcuffed the Crime Rate".
        Excerpts:

        "The most important improvement in the conditions of
        daily living in the U.S. during the past two decades is
        due not to low unemployment or continued prosperity
        but to the sizable fall in crime. Many factors
        contributed to the lower rates, but the single most important
        one has been the greater apprehension and punishment
        of criminals....

        Some intellectuals have
        perpetrated an enormous myth - and delayed effective policies
        - by claiming that crime is not deterrable, that it
        is related in an unbending way to poverty, and that
        it can be reduced only by drastic social reforms. In
        fact, the U.S. has shown that the poor and others can
        be deterred by stacking the odds against
        criminals."

        The article is much longer, of course, and Becker
        supports his conclusions with reference to various studies
        and trends. Interesting reading.

 
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