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1 funky chicken  Fri, May 27, 2011 9:26:26pm
WASHINGTON, May 24, 2010
FBI Says Violent Crime Rate Down Again
Murder, Robbery, Assault and Rape Cumulatively Decline 5.5% in 2009 Compared to Previous Year, Preliminary Data Show

Rick Scott can fix this problem! Small government! Defend freedom!
/oh, wait...

2 funky chicken  Fri, May 27, 2011 9:27:30pm

[Link: www.cbsnews.com...]

oops, link

3 funky chicken  Fri, May 27, 2011 9:34:04pm

[Link: www.fbi.gov...]

Preliminary figures indicate that, as a whole, law enforcement agencies throughout the Nation reported a decrease of 5.5 percent in the number of violent crimes brought to their attention in 2010 when compared to figures reported for 2009. The violent crime category includes murder, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. The number of property crimes in the United States from January to December of 2010 decreased 2.8 percent when compared to data from the same time period in 2009. Property crimes include burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft. Arson is also a property crime, but data for arson are not included in property crime totals. Figures for 2010 indicated that arson decreased 8.3 percent when compared to 2009 figures.

I find the drop in crime rates during a time of pretty serious financial difficulty interesting.

4 celticdragon  Sat, May 28, 2011 5:34:36am

The last thing we would want to do is...raise revenues to actually pay the bills.

The insanity is amazing.

5 dragonfire1981  Sat, May 28, 2011 6:36:10am

This is what happens when a former CEO tries to run a state like a business. Sad thing is I fully expect other Republican governors to follow suit.

6 What, me worry?  Sat, May 28, 2011 8:18:16am

re: #3 funky chicken

[Link: www.fbi.gov...]

I find the drop in crime rates during a time of pretty serious financial difficulty interesting.

It is true that crime overall has dropped, but one of the major problems for Florida has been overcrowding in prisons. Without the money to build new facilities, Florida began sending its inmates out of state with Bill SB 1722 passed in 2009. In 2008, we also began building tent facilities, but that is not ideal, mostly because of the heat in the summer and hurricanes.

Time will tell what will happen after these prison closings.

7 CarolJ  Sat, May 28, 2011 10:09:15am

re: #3 funky chicken

One reason is that the overall population is getting older. The high point of most crime is late teens, to say early thirties. Why? There is no doubt a lot of reasons, from hormones to maturity levels to the fact that some crimes take quite a bit of energy and ability, to the fact that gangs aren't interested in people old enough to actually think for themselves.

We've also upped a lot of defensive measures as well. Crime is as much opportunity as anything else, and with a massive investment in everything from car alarms to home security systems, the job gets harder and harder to make profitable.

We've gotten better in locking up and going after gangs who can mentor younger thugs as well. The Mafia is but a shadow of its former self, and a lot of gangs are no doubt under siege. If we would end the war against pot, the last pillar of the gangs (financing) would collapse, the way it did when alcohol Prohibition ended.

8 CarolJ  Sat, May 28, 2011 10:10:55am

Scott could probably get some savings if he would let the pot people go. Unfortunately, there are no jobs, so it becomes a revolving door as people get arrested again-so much for savings. He's opposed to anything that would make the released prisoners capable of supporting themselves, so there goes the savings.

9 Romantic Heretic  Sat, May 28, 2011 10:59:05am

re: #3 funky chicken

[Link: www.fbi.gov...]

I find the drop in crime rates during a time of pretty serious financial difficulty interesting.

I'm just hoping that drop is actually happening rather than that nobody is reporting and fewer people are listening when it is reported.

On topic. I wonder how this will affect the tourist trade. If this does result in prisoners being released fewer people will visit Florida. Plus overcrowding is already a problem in prisons. This will make it worse. Will the increased cost of this overcrowding (dealing with riots, investigating prisoner deaths, increased cost of health care for prisoners, difficulty of hiring new guards) be less than the savings garnered by closing current facilities?

Gov. Scott is a very stupid man.

10 Dark_Falcon  Sat, May 28, 2011 7:46:20pm

re: #4 celticdragon

The last thing we would want to do is...raise revenues to actually pay the bills.

The insanity is amazing.

Florida has no income tax. Its gotten hammered by the fall of real estate prices, and raising property taxes would trigger more people walking away from homes they can no longer afford. The only solution is cutbacks.


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