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Bratton's Legacy

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From roughly 1994 to 2014, America experienced the most dramatic drop in crime in modern history.  Many academics and criminologists were at a loss to explain it, primarily because none of their long identified  "root causes" seemed to be in play during this period.   But two things did change: prison sentences for repeat felons got longer and policing became proactive.  In places where both of these factors were instituted, crime dropped the most.  One of those places was New York City, and as Heather MacDonald noted in yesterday's Daily News, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton was the innovator who made proactive, data driven policing the gold standard.    

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