Now, as she goes about berating Joel McNally about a column he wrote about the Jude cops, she writes:
...Just put in the variables, and you will see for yourself that it's true. The pattern is clear. The crime heyday was in the early 1990s.
Some people think crime is ticking back up over the past couple years - in SOME categories only, not in others (like aggravated assault in Milwaukee) - because some of those 1990s-era prisoners are now getting back out. To be sure, crime is affected by many other variables. But we're still nowhere near the crime problem in the early 1990s, which occurred during the initial influx of crack cocaine into the state.
If the crime was worse in the early 1990's than it was in 2007, why does this suddenly constitute a crisis? I guess it was just a crisis of convenience.