Voices from the Edge 03-03-11 True Crime: Fact and Fiction about Oregon's Crime Rate
Fact and Fiction about Oregon's Crime Rate:
Turn on the local news and most likely the lead story will be about crime. Its the rare elected official who won't suggest crime is overwhelming our public safety resources. Its little wonder that the majority of Oregonians are convinced that their state is victim to a rising tide of crime - a conviction, it turns out, with no basis in fact. Oregon's violent crime rate is at a 40-year low and the property crime rate is at its lowest since 1966.
This week on Voices from the Edge, host Dave Mazza looked at the findings of Criminal Justice Policy Research Institute in their new study about Oregonian's perceptions about crime. Who are the 52 percent of who believe crime is on the rise? What factors are playing a part in their beliefs? What are the impacts on all Oregonians?
Jo Ann Bowman is a former , former executive director of Oregon Action, and a long-time leader in the struggle for racial and economic justice. Dave Mazza is a freelance journalist and former editor of who has covered and been involved in Portland's , peace, labor and environmental movements for 20 years.
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