Law: As American as Jesse James

A searching new book sees no easy cure for criminal violence

It has long been liberal dogma that to eliminate crime, society must eliminate the causes: poverty and racial inequality. But even as the U.S. was pouring billions into social welfare programs, and systematically attacking discrimination, during the '60s and early '70s, violent crime was booming. Since 1960 the rate of robbery, murder and rape has almost tripled. Lately it has become fashionable to target the culprits, not the causes—simply to catch criminals and lock them up.

The liberal line may be Utopian. But believing that...

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