Monday, December 23, 2013

Failure To See A Connection

The December 23, 2013 Lewiston (Idaho) Morning Tribune (subscription required) asks the question:
How can a state with the nation's third-lowest crime rate have the eighth-highest proportion of its adults behind bars?
Hmmm.   Do you suppose that the high incarceration rate might have something with having the third-lowest crime rate?  People that are sitting in prison tend not to commit many crimes while they are sitting in prison.


  1. So is there any data showing a decline in the crime rate that corresponds to the increased prosecution and incarceration rate? That would be strong proof of a correlation.

  2. With any luck someone will write back asking that question.