Crime is Not the Problem: Lethal Violence in America by Franklin E. ZimringCrime is Not the Problem: Lethal Violence in America by Franklin E. Zimring

Crime is Not the Problem: Lethal Violence in America

byFranklin E. Zimring, Gordon Hawkins

Paperback | April 1, 1999

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In Crime is Not the Problem, Franklin Zimring and Gordon Hawkins revolutionize the way we think about crime and violence--by forcing us to distinguish between crime and violence. The authors reveal that compared to other industrialized nations, in most categories of nonviolent crime, Americancrime rates are comparable--even lower, in some cases. Only when it comes to lethal violence does the United States outpace other Western nations, with homicide rates many, many times greater. London and New York City have nearly the same number of robberies and burglaries each year, but robbers andburglars kill 54 victims in New York for every victim death in London.Why are the risks so much greater that victims will be killed or maimed in the United States? And what can be done to bring the death rate from American violence down to tolerable levels? The authors show how the impact of television and movie violence on rates of homicide is wildly overrated, butemphasize the paramount importance of guns.By making the crucial distinction between lethal violence and crime in general, the authors clear the ground for a targeted, far more effective response to the real crisis in American society. Crime is Not the Problem will reshape the debate about crime control in the United States.
Franklin E. Zimring is the William F. Simon Professor of Law and Director of the Earl Warren Legal Institute at the University of California at Berkeley. Gordon Hawkins is Senior Fellow at the Earl Warren Legal Institute at the University of California at Berkeley.
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Title:Crime is Not the Problem: Lethal Violence in AmericaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.09 × 5.98 × 0.79 inPublished:April 1, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195131053

ISBN - 13:9780195131055

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"Thoroughly documented; will stir debate."--Booklist