Crime in the United States was pretty much out of control by the 1970′s.
There were a variety of reasons for that, but I think the biggest factor is that a new strategy of enforcing the law came in to vogue. The public was encouraged to view criminals not as bad people who need to be punished for their misdeeds, but as lonely forgotten souls who were driven to crime due to bad experiences during their formative years.
Perps were sick, you see, and they needed healing and compassion more than hatred and marginalization.
This attitude eventually got turned around, but it took awhile. It took even longer for the damage caused by this touchy-feely crap to get cleaned up, but it finally happened. This is due to the fact that the number of convictions started to climb, and the number of convictions that resulted in jail time also started to increase. This resulted in a larger prison population, but the results are hard to ignore.
Still, once the ball started to roll it just kept on hurtling downhill. Today the people in the United States enjoy an aggregate crime rate that is less than half of what it was during the dark and lawless days.
Although most Liberals will try their best to dance around it, it seems indisputable to me that putting violent offenders in prison reduces violent crime on the street. If any of them want to show compassion for the perps, they can just rent out their basement to recently released ex-cons.
Just about everyone interested in law enforcement and self defense has noted that Britain seems to be going through the same thing we did back in the 1970′s. It wouldn’t be out of line to say that criminals are held in higher regard than their victims, so much so that the old cliché about “I couldn’t get arrested in this town” has come true all across the United Kingdom.
Raw Carrot has recently reviewed a new book about the explosion of crime in Britain. The book is entitled A Land Fit for Criminals, and it pretty much explains how the criminal justice system in Old Blighty rewards criminal behavior. It is something like the nurturing environment found in a Petri dish in that it is perfect for growing the lowest forms of life.
I did keep noticing the difference between British and American sensibilities, though. In one chapter, RC reproduced a chart from the book which depicts some graffiti that criminals will scrawl on a house to indicate the pickings. There are signs to show if there is lots of money inside, if the residents can be bullied, stuff like that. I found RC’s comments to be really revealing.
“…I did contemplate adding my own “nothing worth stealing” mark to our gatepost.”
That is a typical British response, I suppose. The first thing I would do would be to mark the sign for “Too Risky” on my own house. It seems to me that most of my American readers would probably do the same thing, but with glow-in-the-dark paint.
Raw Carrot has included a great many links in his review, so the post is a gold mine of information. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the subject.
(A big fat hairy hat tip to blog goddess Natalie Solent.)