A fascinating, if troubling, study released Monday finds
one in three young people will be arrested by age
The study, published in the journal
Pediatrics, suggests growth in the “arrest record” population
of the United States. From the New
York Times report:
The study, the first since the 1960s to look at the arrest
histories of a national sample of adolescents and young adults over
time, found that 30.2 percent of the 23-year-olds who participated
reported having been arrested for an offense other than a minor
The study, at first glance, makes me wonder: Are there more
arrests because there are more cops and criminal justice
infrastructure today, or because more young people are
law-breaking? Legendary criminologist Alfred
said in USA Today that “the increase in arrests for young
people in the latest study is unsurprising given several decades of
tough crime policies.
“I was astonished 44 years ago. Most people were,” says
Blumstein, a professor of operations research at the Heinz College
Mellon University who served with Christensen on President
Lyndon Johnson’s crime task force.
Now, Blumstein says, youth may be arrested for drugs and
domestic violence, which were unlikely offenses to attract police
attention in the 1960s. “There’s a lot more arresting going on
now,” he says.
My second curiosity is what the study, if accurate, means
for our society. Such widespread exposure to our bulky
criminal justice system might not be a bad thing — it might steer
an otherwise law-abiding citizen from a lapse in judgement later
on. Then again, acclimation to the criminal justice system could
also desensitize the experience and actually decrease someone’s
fear of law-breaking.
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“Poulsbo Police are investigating as a homicide the
death of Donald E. Hellie, 47, 194 6th Avenue., in Poulsbo, whose
body was found in his home by police Saturday
Those were the
words of a brief story that ran in the Bremerton Sun
34 years ago, on Sept. 19, 1977. Why are we bringing it up now? It
turns out his violent stabbing death had eluded kitsapsun.com‘s database of unsolved
homicides spanning the last half-century.
We published the database in May
2010 following several months of research. We knew we might miss a
case or two. And sure enough, after the database was posted, we
received several calls and emails that referenced deaths we’d
Earlier this year, we relayed the story of 20-year-old Matthew
Evans, when his body was found on a Saturday morning in August 1993
along Old Clifton Road. His death, classified as a homicide,
has been added as well.
But I’d also heard from readers in Poulsbo since the database
was published. And so I asked the Poulsbo Police Department to look
in their files and see if they had any cold cases. I got some
limited information this week, but it included a date of death:
September 16, 1977.
Using that, I got into our newspaper archives and found a few
clippings around that date. Lo and behold, I found three articles
(which you see here) pertaining to the homicide.
The case is cold, but open — and now, added
to the database. And as we’ve said before, it’s important to
remember these cases for posterity. But any helpful tips toward
solving the cases will have made the project worthwhile.
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