Washington, D.C. - The national crime rate is at a 15-year low. A new study from the National Center for Policy Analysis concludes that the probability of punishment bears a direct relationship to reduction of crime. The more likely a perspective criminal believes he is to suffer consequences for committing a crime, the less likely he is to break the law. Dr. Morgan Reynolds' report, "Crime and Punishment in America: 1997 Update," includes the latest information on:

  • Figures on the probability of prison for serious crimes
  • Numbers on the "crime funnel" for burglars, showing the shockingly small number of criminals who actually do time per 100 burglaries
  • Why crimes like robbery and burglary are especially sensitive to an increase in expected punishment
  • The cost of not building prisons

Bill McCollum (R-FL), chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, will be joined by Metropolitan Police Chief Larry D. Soulsby (schedule providing) and NCPA Criminal Justice Center Director Morgan Reynolds, among other crime experts, for the official release of the report at a press conference on Capitol Hill.

WHO: Congressman Bill McCollum, House Judiciary Committee Chairman
DC Metropolitan Police Chief Larry D. Soulsby (schedule providing)
Dr. Morgan Reynolds - NCPA Criminal Justice Center Director
James J. Fotis, Law Enforcement Alliance of America
Eugene Methvin, Readers Digest

WHAT: Reynolds Report Press Conference

WHEN: 10 a.m. EST Wednesday, September 10, 1997

WHERE: Room #2141
Rayburn House Office Building
Independence Ave. & South Capitol St., S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20515