The Law: Law-Abiding Mississippi

Mississippi's proudest boast these days is that no other state has a lower crime rate. It is based on the FBI's recently published Crime in the United States, which shows that in 1963 Mississippi had only 393.2 major crimes per 100,000 people, far below the 472.9 of similarly rural North Dakota, the second-best state, and the 2,990.1 of Nevada, the state with the nation's worst statistical crime rate.

The FBI report, however, is based entirely on figures supplied by local police. Last year's Mississippi police reports covered only 66.6% of the state's metropolitan population (towns of more than 25,000 people), only 71%...

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