Florida's incidences of children who died from child neglect dropped 30 percent in 2010 over the previous year. So what changed? The definition of "child neglect." Florida news outlets are reacting in shock and anger at the recent reveal that Florida's Department of Children and Families limited what "dying by neglect" included. Before, drowning in a swimming pool, being smothered while sharing a bed with a sleeping parent, or being tended by parents too drunk or high to supervise were considered child neglect. But in June 2010 the DCF creatively re-interpreted a death from child neglect to mean "a willful act by the caregiver" that "with intent, allowed the child to be placed at risk." Um, isn't a "willful act" the opposite of neglect?
One Way to "Reduce" Crime Is to Define It Out of Existence
...unfortunately, however, the victims of the defined-away crime do not go out of existence. Instead, their numbers increase.
This is the lesson (as if it should need to be a "lesson") of this appalling story from Florida: