Thursday, May 28, 2009

Taking a Bite Out of Crime

It's almost like Major Colvin's arrest-free zone initiative from Season 3 of The Wire -- except for the part where it actually works.

(with apologies to Pete Seeger)
Where have all the inmates gone?

Long time passing

Where have all the inmates gone?

Long time ago

Where have all the inmates gone?

Detroit has freed them every one

When will they ever learn?

When will they ever learn?

From The Detroit Free Press:
Why are the jail cells empty?

Empty jail cells are normally something to celebrate, but Wayne County's top law enforcement officials say the hundreds of vacant jail beds are not because of a drop in crime or more reasonable sentencing. Floors of the downtown Detroit jail are empty because police are arresting fewer people accused of those crimes.

Altogether, three county jails that held about 2,500 prisoners a year ago now house 400 fewer inmates.

Sheriff Warren Evans said police are so slow to respond to some calls that the crimes never get reported. Prosecutor Kym Worthy was more blunt:

"We don't tell the truth about crime," she said.

Detroit has lost hundreds of sworn officers in recent years. The Police Department didn't respond to repeated requests for interviews with its top leaders, but it released preliminary statistics showing an overall decline in criminal activity this year, despite a 24% increase in homicides.

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