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Crime Rate in Conn., U.S. at a 40-Year Low

The reason for the decline is a bit of a mystery to government officials, according to the Housatonic Times.

The Office of Policy and Management announced last week that crime in Connecticut, as well as the U.S., is at a 40-year low, according to the Housatonic Times.

Michael Lawlor, undersecretary for the OPM’s Criminal Justice Planning and Policy Division, who presented the report to the legislature's Judiciary Committee on Friday, said that it's unclear why crime rates in the country are on the decline, but it could be attributed to a number of factors, including the increased use of cell phone cameras.

In 2011, the number of arrests in Connecticut decreased by 11.4 percent compared to the three previous years. The number of repeat offenses has also dropped by 5 percent since 2007. Lawlor also announced that prison rates are steadily dropping with 700 fewer prisoners incarcerated in January 2012 compared to January 2011.

In Fairfield County, specifically, , according to CQ Press's City Crime Rankings 2011-2012: Crime in Metropolitan America, an annual ranking of cities with populations over 75,000.

Related Topics: Connecticut, Prison, and crime rates

Tricia G. February 16, 2012 at 01:41 AM
Hmm, Stamford is safer with a Republican mayor, rather than Malloy! As for the state's other cities, the "number of arrests" declining, and "700 fewer prisoners"--I'm not sure that accurately reflects a true lower crime rate. It sure does not seem so, with all the drug addicted robbers, the teachers and coaches sexually abusing/assaulting students, and state patrol/police caught with child pornography, etc--not to mention the kids killed in Bridgeport, New Haven etc. Could it partly be due to crowded prisons and judges who give alternative sentencing, along with some cases not resulting in arrests because the perp is not caught, or dies in the commission of the crime?

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