Delinquency and Government Response: The Illusions of a Diagnosis

By Philippe Robert, Renée Zauberman, Fadoua Jouwahri

The public debate on crime and delinquency dwells on the way it happens, not upon an accurate diagnosis of its trends. A commonly shared discourse is that “violence increases, while property crime decreases.” A detailed review of available medium-term data shows how wrong this diagnosis is and how misleading it is regarding public safety policies.

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