Heather Mac Donald of the Manhattan Institute and I discuss crime and what to do about it in the latest Bloggingheads.
Here’s a sample clip.
Heather makes one interesting point I hadn’t thought about: crime-statistics-based police management systems such as CompStat tend to wipe out the effects of racial and class disparities and differential political pull on the allocation of police resources: a burglary counts as a burglary and a homicide as a homicide no matter where it occurs, and the pressure on the local commander to get the numbers down is implacable.
Footnote Yeah, yeah, I know: I don’t display much affect. Unless you’ve done it, you have no idea how weird it is to talk to someone while looking at a camera and not seeing the other person’s face.