Sharkey draws on facts like that to support his main argument: The benefits of lower crime rates extend beyond the halls of justice to public health, education and even democracy, in the form of more civic engagement and better race relations. Sharkey finds “strong evidence” that safer cities make teenagers more likely to graduate from high school and increase upward mobility for children from formerly high-crime neighborhoods. This kind of analysis makes “Uneasy Peace” provocative. Sharkey offers fresh takes on issues like gentrification and the achievement gap that will trouble both liberal and conservative orthodoxies.
"The New York Times"
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