James Alan Fox says Boston shouldn’t get carried away by the recent spike in crime this January. Fluctuations in crime trends, he says in his latest Boston.com column, can be misleading.
Violent crime, including homicide, is on a fairly steady decline nationwide, yet many Americans believe mass shootings, like the one at the Washington Navy Yard, have become more frequent. Why is this? Over the past three decades, there has been an average of 20 mass shootings a year in the United States, each with at […]
What the Tsarnaev punishment poll means Posted by James Alan Fox, Crime and Punishment September 16, 2013 11:00 AM As a long-standing opponent of capital punishment, I was certainly encouraged by a first glance at the front page of today’s Globe. The top-left headline was a pleasant surprise: “Most want life term for Tsarnaev. A […]