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Murder, Clearance, and Gangs

Douglas Quan reports in the National Post:

British Columbia and Quebec trail other parts of the country in solving murders, according to a new study, which reports a general decline in homicide clearance rates across Canada over the last few decades.
The study suggests that higher levels of organized crime and gang violence could be behind why fewer slayings are being solved in those two provinces.
The extent of organized crime is an important variable to consider whenever crime statistics are compared.  Whether the independent variable is locality, race, or anything else that might correlate with gang activity, failure to control for the gang variable can lead to a false conclusion.

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