Detroit saw a 5% reduction in violent crimes this summer, resulting in 20 fewer homicide victims. However, the best ways to reduce violent crime are still being debated. Thomas Abt, a researcher and author, believes that a multi-pronged approach is necessary. He emphasizes the need to examine both the macro and micro causes of violence, with racial segregation being a fundamental driver in the US. Abt suggests that once communities become racially segregated, disinvestment follows. Addressing this issue is crucial in reducing violent crime.
Detroit Today: What are the root causes of crime?
Thomas Abt, a researcher and author, stresses the importance of understanding the macro and micro causes of violence. Racial segregation is identified as a significant driver of violence in the US. Abt highlights that once communities become racially segregated, disinvestment from broader society follows, exacerbating the issue.
Addressing Racial Segregation to Reduce Crime
Racial segregation plays a critical role in perpetuating violence in the US. Abt argues that by addressing racial segregation and investing in racially segregated communities, the cycle of violence can be disrupted. Disinvestment in these communities only serves to worsen the problem. A multi-faceted approach is necessary to tackle the root causes of crime and create safer communities.