Mon Jul 9, 2012, 09:01 AM
cali (114,904 posts)
Most peaceful state? Maine. Least peaceful? Louisiana.
Vermont ranks second in the nation for being most peaceful, according to the recently released peace index calculated by the Institute for Economics and Peace. Maine has been the most peaceful state for 11 years, making the Northeast America’s most peaceful region. Louisiana is the least peaceful state, 20 years running.
Peace and Justice Center Program Director Gabriela Ochoa Brenneman has an idea why Vermont ranks high on the index. “It’s how our state handles crime,” she said. “Vermont has pioneered in areas of restorative justice, and does a great job providing an alternative to incarceration, which helps to keep the number of incarcerations low in our state.”
Vermont’s Restorative Justice Program links offenders and victims through local reparative boards. Restorative and Community Justice Executive David Peebles said the program contributes to strong and healthy communities by engaging involved parties in finding solutions and addressing harm.
Gov. Peter Shumlin, joined by experts from the Council of State Governments Justice Center, and the Pew Center on the States, said last month that the state has reversed the skyrocketing trend in prison growth, reduced failure rates among people released from prison, and cut crime over the past five years.
“Vermont’s successful efforts to keep nonviolent offenders out of expensive jail cells, keep our communities safe, and help control the growing recidivism rate have saved taxpayers money and enabled inmates to build successful lives outside of jail,” said Gov. Shumlin in a news release.
Where does your state rank and how are the rankings established?
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Response to cali (Original post)
Mon Jul 9, 2012, 09:48 AM
4th law of robotics (6,801 posts)
2. The study seems flawed
The USPI measures peacefulness according to five indicators: the number of homicides, number of violent crimes, the incarceration rate, number of police employees and the availability of small arms.
Murders and violent crimes seem reasonable. But the incarceration rate? Considering how many are jailed for non-violent drug offenses I would be hesitant to directly link this to the peacefulness of a state. If 100 stoned folks sitting on their couch go to jail in my state but 90 face eating bath salt addicts go to jail in yours by that measure my state is less peaceful. Sure if this was written from the perspective of doritos. But for humans?
Same deal with the number of cops: I could see an area having very few cops because they have very little crime. Or because it's a blighted area and they can't afford more, leading to more crime (and fewer incarcerated).
That seems like a poor metric.
And no direct link has been shown in the US between availability of hand guns and violent crime.
So 2 of 5 metrics are questionable, one is outright wrong. That's not a great start.
Response to GeorgeGist (Reply #4)
Mon Jul 9, 2012, 10:08 AM
4th law of robotics (6,801 posts)
5. I could, or I could cite others
Handguns and violent crime: http://law.wm.edu/faculty/documents/moody_guns_and_crime.pdf
We find that handguns have a negligible effect on crime. Apparently, there is no causation in either direction, or a rough balance between criminals who use handguns in the commission of crime and citizens who use handguns to defend themselves and deter crime.
Incarceration rates and violent crime: http://www.sentencingproject.org/doc/publications/inc_iandc_complex.pdf
Increasing incarceration while ignoring more effective approaches will impose a heavy burden upon courts, corrections and communities, while providing a marginal impact on crime.
Police numbers and violent crime: http://www.hmic.gov.uk/media/police-numbers-and-crime-rates-rapid-evidence-review-20110721.pdf
Higher levels of police are linked to lower levels of property crime. Evidence for an association between police numbers and violent crime is weaker.
Response to TlalocW (Reply #3)
Mon Jul 9, 2012, 10:42 AM
Buns_of_Fire (10,793 posts)
8. In the same vein, on the opposite end of the ratings...
It's amazing how a bad case of prickly heat can change a person's disposition and make them more inclined to pummel a fellow citizen vigorously about the head and shoulders. Especially if they have a Slurpee and won't share.