The Cultural Roots of Crime

A conversation about the rise and fall of violence in America with criminal-justice scholar Barry Latzer.

“Barry Latzer is that rare academic with both practical and theoretical knowledge of his subject matter. He prosecuted and defended accused criminals while teaching at the City University of New York graduate center and John Jay College of Criminal Justice. His new book, The Rise and Fall of Violent Crime in America, makes use of more than a century of crime statistics to sum up the wisdom of a long career studying why crime waves rise and fall. It’s a book that does not shy from the controversial, as you’ll see from our conversation.”

  • simus1

    Most violent crime tracks the size of a growing or shrinking demographic, usually young males from a criminal underclass with more testosterone than brains. Evolution has equipped such youngsters with the need for much exhausting physical work to blunt their impulses, but today’s society has little to offer in that area.

    • Alain

      Being raised by an unwed mother with multiple live-ins and no stable family with a biological father greatly increases the potential of a career in crime. Rewarding these women financially for this makes the state guilty of increased crime.