Andrew Karmen tracks a quarter century of murder in the city Americans have most commonly associated with rampant street crime. Providing both a local and a national context for New York's plunging crime rate, Karmen tests and debunks the many self-serving explanations for the decline. While crediting a more effective police force for its efforts, Karmen also emphasizes the decline of the crack epidemic, skyrocketing incarceration rates, favorable demographic trends, a healthy economy, an influx of hard working and law abiding immigrants, a rise in college enrollment, and an unexpected outbreak of improved behavior by young men growing up in poverty stricken neighborhoods. New York Murder Mystery is the most authoritative study to date of why crime rates rise and fall.
Andrew Karmen is Professor of Sociology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York and author of Crime Victims: An Introduction to Victimology.
Preface Acknowledgments List of Abbreviations1 The 1990s Crime Crash in New York2 Deconstructing Murders 3 NYPD or Not NYPD: That Is the Question 4 Behind Bars? 5 The Drug-Crime Connection 6 It's the Economy, Stupid! Or Is It? Did the Boom Cause the Crash?7 Where Have All the Criminals Gone? Did Favorable Demographic Trends Facilitate the Crash? 8 Lessons from the New York ExperienceNotesAppendix References Name Index Subject Index About the Author