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Albemarle Tradewinds August 2016 Web Final

August 2016

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Michael P. Sanders Attorney at Law Serving the Albemarle Region and the Outer Banks since 1990. Criminal and Traffic Law, Catastrophic Personal Injury and Wrongful Death, General Practice. 406A-1 South Griffin Street Elizabeth City, North Carolina Office (252) 331-1628 Fax (252) 331-1657 msanders@michaelsanderslaw.com www.michaelsanderslaw.com Dear Dr. Crime Dr. Crime is a pseudonym for a social scientist holding a Ph.D. degree in sociology and in criminology. He has worked in all major parts of the criminal justice system. Drop him a note at the website www.keepkidshome.net If you or your child is in trouble, he may be able to help, give him a call (2523390000) or E-mail at reedadams@yahoo.com Dear Dr. Crime: What is going on in our country? Is crime out of control? It seems every time I cut on the TV there is a report of another violent crime and it is often police being shot? Help me understand. Angry Voter Dear Voter: I am as upset as you. And I do not have a simple answer. A very recent research report[i] in the Nation Criminal Justice Reference Service said “The homicide increase in the nation’s large cities was real and nearly unprecedented. It was also heavily concentrated in a few cities with large African-American populations. Empirical explanations of the homicide increase must await future research based on year-end crime data for 2015.” So our research criminologists are saying the is a big problem and I pick up several possible causes. You know we have recently make drug use more acceptable and legal in some places. So crime may be part of a growing and urban drug markets. We are releasing more prisoners, which I support if done properly, and if that is it we should see more homicides committed by parolees. Also, a book recently released deserves our attention: “The War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe” by Heather MacDonald. She makes the point that in NYCity, 2,245 people were murdered in 1990 and by 2014 it had dropped to 333. In LA, the 1992 murder figure was 1,092 and that went down by 2014 to 260. If ever we should pay attention to research showing what works, it is now. Watch the news and write your elected officials. Dear Dr. Crime: I am sick of being scared. Lets go back to the way we treated crooks before Political Correctness set it. OK? Mad as , well I can’t say it. Dear Mad: In America we have seen much changes since we set things up after the Revolution. But I am not sure we should make shifts to the way we treated those violating morality and law then[ii]. We have records that show the courts used the infliction of pain, payment of money, hard labor and humiliation. They most often, in response to immorality, used 40 lashes. Let us do research first and make crime policy based on what works to reduce recidivism. Here in Camden County, NC we still have the old jail and the outdoor stocks to hold the arms and head of the offenders. Drop by the CourtHouse in Camden and have a look. [i] National Institute of Justice. Documenting and Explaining the 2015 Homicide Rise: Research Directions Richard Rosenfeld* University of Missouri – St. Louis June 2016. NCJRS #NCJ 249895 [ii] Penal measures in the American colonies: An overview K Preyer - The American Journal of Legal History, 1982 - JSTOR Are Drugs & Alcohol Phone: 252-338-8476 www.SafeTWorksInc.com facebook.com/AlbemarleTradingPost Albemarle Tradewinds August 2016 11