Stuff I just need to get off my chest.
It is much more likely to be the results of the Willie Horton effect. Keeping criminals locked up means fewer of them are on the streets committing more crimes. Politicians who release criminals don't get re-elected. Politicians who deny paroles and pardons get re-elected.
Possibly, but this is the same type of argument that most anti-gunners typically use. Doesn't matter how much research shows that violent crime drops when carry laws are liberalized, there is always "some other reason", whether it's demographics or a different law. I've run into this with numerous family members and acquaintances.(PS I know you aren't anti-gun Prof, just pointing out the facts.)
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