- In the 1990s rates of the most common crimes plunged in most of the U.S., but in New York City the drop has lasted twice as long and has gone twice as deep.
- New York’s successes have defied common assumptions, such as that drug use fosters crime and that locking people up reduces it.
- The city’s story shows that people are not hardwired to be criminals and suggests that other cities might achieve similar results by putting more cops on the streets, especially at “hotspots” of crime.
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