18 Oct '11, 4pm

Get the lead out: Clean air tied to decline in violent crime

Get the lead out: Clean air tied to decline in violent crime

Leaded gasoline: The gift that kept on giving Don't believe the evening news: Violent crime and murder have been declining steadily for two decades in this country. Last year was statistically the safest year in almost four decades for Americans who weren't Corey Haim , Ronnie James Dio , or Captain Beefheart , and everyone's got a theory as to why. Some claim the decline of crack cocaine is the answer, or credit the rise of cell phones , while others point to improved policing techniques and the use of statistical crime modeling. I personally like the theory that the "three strikes and you're out" policies brought us round the bend: Tying our legal system to the obtuse and arbitrary rules of arcane bat-and-ball games clearly smacks of crime-fighting genius. (Fun Factoid: Many of our cricket-loving British friends thank their once controversial "leg before wicket" law for ...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/clean-air/2011-10-18-get-the-lead-ou...

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