Friday, June 11, 2010

Concrete Jungle Where Dreams Are Made Of...

The headline to this story in the New York Times...

"As Crime Rate Drops, New York’s Jail Population Falls to Lowest Level in 24 Years"

...was great, the story was even better. It seems New York is not only benefitting from the continued downturn in crime rates seen across the country, but rather, the city is being smart with its crime-fighting resources. Key quote:

The Correction Department, working with other city agencies and private foundations, has instituted programs to help prevent recidivism. “There has been a very real robust diversion effort,” said Martin F. Horn, another former correction commissioner who teaches at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. “Even though the N.Y.P.D. continues to make a record number of arrests, fewer are coming into the criminal courts or are dismissed or resolved through time served. We’ve got a safer city and less incarceration.”

Safer city and less incarceration? Imagine that.

If Ol' Blue Eyes was right - that if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere - then every big city mayor and police chief across the country should learn from the Big Apple.