With all those good numbers, the only danger now seems to be in getting out of the way of those stampeding to take credit. It's all due to prisons, claimed the GOP, citing their legislation encouraging longer prison sentences and claiming that this keeps criminals off the streets and acts as a considerable deterrent. Others point to the strong economy and say that in a nation where seemingly everybody's little brother is in on a hot IPO, now more than ever crime doesn't pay. And demographers say it's simply the fact that there are now fewer young men, the group statistically most likely to be committing crimes.
It's certainly demographics that provide the only bit of bad news. A new bulge of young, potentially criminal boys is fast approaching their teenage years. Opinion is divided on whether this will produce a new round of criminals or just guys who will produce new record Pokemon scores.