Abortion Did NOT Reduce the Crime Rate Essay

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Abortion has and always will continue to be a very controversial issue. This issue of terminating a life, and the right of an individual in making that decision, was ultimately decided by the Supreme Court. The general argument carried in the Roe v. Wade decision was that attempts by any level of government to restrict access to abortion violated a person's 4th Amendment rights by interfering in the private relationship between a patient and a doctor (Justia.com , 2011).
Could it be that the government’s intervention by legalizing abortion in the Roe v. Wade decision lead to the dramatic reduction in crime? Did the government inadvertently save my life by preventing the birth of criminals? This paper will first explore the generally
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Also, it is interesting to note, that some studies have shown diminished returns on crime as the level of incarceration increases (Rosenfeld, 2011).
The third factor is the expansion and contraction of the urban crack market (Rosenfeld, 2011). Homicides and robberies increased in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, this was attributable to the rise of killings and delinquency of juveniles and young people under the age of 24 (Rosenfeld, 2011). The killings were due to the sudden rise of urban crack markets and the growing use of handguns which became a way of life for those involved. Since cocaine was very expensive and crack was fairly easy to make and cheaper to buy, it became the drug to sell for the common street dealer. In essence, as older dealers were being incarcerated, violence among the younger inner city drug dealers increased, younger dealers on the streets were more apt to be quicker on the draw than their older predecessors (Rosenfeld, 2011).
The fourth factor is the change in police size and the strategies employed by them (Rosenfeld, 2011). Increasing the size of police will reduce crime, as more police saturate an area or neighborhood, the increased police presence should bring crime down (Rosenfeld, 2011). This particular factor may be a little misleading, since some researchers have stated that simply hiring more police does not necessarily reduce the crime rate. The role of mass hiring…