| by Neil Gross

Dana Professor of Sociology Neil Gross responded to the FBI’s recently released crime stats with a New York Times op-ed titled “Is There a ‘Ferguson Effect’?” In it he examines theories about why the crime rate has gone up. Conservatives “claim is that crime rose because the police found themselves hamstrung in a political environment in which their every move was scrutinized,” a phenomenon known as the Ferguson Effect, Gross writes. Progressives, however, “insist that the increases in violence in 2015 were confined to a small number of urban areas.” Gross notes that “there is consistently much higher crime in some cities and neighborhoods than in others” and that “concentrated poverty” plays a role in criminal activity and police tension.