07/22/2010 - Recent weeks have brought good news about the criminal-justice system in this country. Despite hard times and dire predictions to the contrary, crime continues to decline. And the Pew Center for the States reports that the prison population has actually shrunk for the first time in more than a generation.
As is often the case, however, the closer one looks, the more complicated the picture becomes. Crime may be down in lots of places, but there are many urban, low-income neighborhoods that remain fundamentally unsafe. And while it's no longer on the rise, the U.S. incarceration rate still well exceeds that of most industrialized nations.
Read the rest of the editorial Failures Are Key to Public Safety Success on the Philadelphia Inquirer Web site.