In a heartening bit of good news, a federal government report logged the fourth consecutive year of falling crime rates across the country. The Wall Street Journal reports:
U.S. violent-crime rates fell for the fourth consecutive year in 2010, as police agencies across the country reported significant decreases in murders, robberies and property crimes, the federal government said Monday. […]The statistics come as local governments from Trenton, N.J., to Chicago to San Diego grapple with slimmer budgets that have included freezes or cuts to police departments and other services. Federal spending intended to help communities keep cops on the job also is being constrained. […]Law-enforcement officials credit improved policing in many big cities. Attorney General Eric Holder said local police and federal agents and prosecutors have “targeted gang leadership in communities from Florida to New York, and from Tennessee to North Carolina. We’ve renewed our commitment to fighting organized crime, whether it is traditional La Cosa Nostra or Mexican drug cartels.”
It is possible to overdo gloom. Despite the housing crisis, polarization in Washington and the economic difficulties facing working families, American society remains resilient, and American institutions can still be reformed.Along with improving education and healthcare, tackling the crime rate has been among the largest challenges America has faced in the past few decades. Our efforts appear to be working. There is much still to be done, and Via Meadia continues to believe that too many people go to jail for non-violent drug offenses.Still, at a time when too many people have given up on the promise of American life, we should celebrate important gains when we find them.