CRIME in the U.S. is a national disgrace. Police blotters are mired in the petty misdeeds of shoplifters and purse snatchers; courts are clogged with the violent felonies of rapists and murderers. By any standard of measurement, the statistics are staggering, and their impact can be felt at every level of American life. One boy in every six will turn up in a juvenile court for a nontraffic offense before he is 18. In some urban areas, nearly half of all the residents stay off the streets at night for fear of attack, a...

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