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Atypical Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-11 09:17 AM
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90. Incorrect.
There is no simple dichotomy between criminals and citizens.

This is provably false with just the mildest attempt at research.

http://www.uchastings.edu/hlj/archive/vol60/Kates-Crame...

"Perpetrator data dating back to the nineteenth century invariably
shows that murderers were not previously law-abiding, responsible
adults; rather, most murderers differ little from other major criminals.17
Perpetrator studies dating back to the nineteenth century invariably find
that the overwhelming majority of murderers have prior crime records;
this so well recognized by criminologists that it is now counted among the
criminological axioms.18 But given the wide dissemination and political
importance of the ordinary-citizen-as-murderer canard, we briefly review
some of the more recent contributions to the vast corpus of contrary
criminological study conclusions:

he vast majority of persons involved in life-threatening
violence have a long criminal record with many prior contacts
with the justice system.19
Homicide is usually part of a pattern of violence, engaged in by
people who are known as violence prone.20
Psychological studies summarized as finding that 80% to 100% of
juvenile murderers are psychotic or have psychotic symptoms.21
Though only 15% of Americans have criminal records, roughly
90% of adult murderers have adult records (exclusive of their
often extensive juvenile records), with an average adult crime
career of six or more years, including four major felonies.22
A New York Times study of the 1662 murders in that city in the
years 2003 through 2005 found that ore than ninety percent
of the killers had criminal records.23
Some 95% of homicide offenders . . . study had been] arraigned at least once in Massachusetts courts
before they . . . . On average . . . homicide offenders
had been arraigned for 9 prior offenses . . . .24
A history of domestic violence was present in 95.8% of the
intrafamily homicides studied.25
Of Illinois murderers in 1991 through 2000, the great majority
had prior felony records.26
Eighty percent of 1997 Atlanta murder arrestees had previously
been arrested at least once for a drug offense, and 70% had three
or more prior drug arrests, in addition to all their arrests for
other crimes.27
Baltimore police records show that 92% of 2006 murder suspects
had criminal records.28
From a Milwaukee police compilation of data on 2007 and past
years murders: Most suspects had criminal records, and a
quarter of them were on probation or parole.29"


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