August 08, 2005

Maybe there's a correlation?

Via the Las Cruces Sun-News: Jail numbers up, crime down.

Jail populations continue to grow even as the crime rate continues to fall, a study of county jails in six New Mexico counties has found.

The study by the University of New Mexico Institute of Social Research looked at the length of time inmates were jailed, both before and after sentencing, in Doña Ana, Bernalillo, San Juan, Curry, Eddy and San Miguel counties. Those jails accounted for 60 percent of people in county detention centers as of June 30, 2003.

The report was presented last month to county commissioners, managers and jail administrators at the annual meeting of the New Mexico Association of Counties, which contracted with the New Mexico Sentencing Commission for the research. The idea is to understand the dynamics of jail populations to better control crowding.

Which is fine, of course. But the insinuation at article's beginning is that people are being jailed even though the crime rate is falling. Maybe, just maybe, the crime rate is falling because more people are being jailed?

Just asking.

Posted by Felix at August 8, 2005 01:27 PM | TrackBack

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Hey Guys:

Good post - typical Associated Press liberal-mindset stupidity. How do they even find the right keys on their keyboards? I think someone wrote a program that automatically spiels out their garbage.

Thanks for letting me know about your blog. Good luck.

Posted by: AJ Lynch at August 8, 2005 04:05 PM

Heavens, no. That would make just too much sense...

Posted by: Jeff H at August 8, 2005 08:32 PM