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Recession and Crime: An Overview

The current recession appears to be having an effect on different aspects of crime rates, crime data, and the criminal justice system. Research suggests that rising unemployment and widespread law-enforcement budget cuts in equipment and staffing has resulted in an increase in crime. Additionally, the recession may arguably have an even more radical effect and result in the abolishment of capital punishment in certain cash-strapped states, with debates heating up over whether states should continue to seek the pricey sentence.
The alleged link between the recession and an increase in crime is seemingly crime-specific. White-collar crime, including embezzlement and fraud, has reportedly been the area that has seen the biggest increase. Specifically, as reported by the National Internet Crime Complaint Center (NICCC), cyber fraud is at a record high. Online scams originating worldwide have seen a fifty percent increase in reported complaints in the month of Marc…