Jamie Fox, our resident criminologist, outlines a few key takeaways from the recently released report on the Sandy Hook shootings.
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 [...]
Boom in immigration fuels state population rise; Middlesex, Suffolk counties add most
By Matt Carroll | The Boston Globe | April 08, 2013
Driven by a boom in immigration, the Boston area grew by about 55,000 residents in a recent two-year period, according to new county population estimates by the US Census Bureau.
The population growth in Cambridge’s Middlesex County and Boston’s Suffolk County together accounted for about half the state’s overall growth of about 100,000 new residents between April 2010 and July 2012, the census figures show.