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Americans are fascinated with murder. You can see this cultural fixation in best selling novels, television news and entertainment, and headlines from local papers. Most Americans probably can name more murderers than they can Supreme Court justices. But what about the significant policy debates on the best ways to reduce America's startling murder rate? Some say the solution is in better community policing efforts or new gun control measures, while others push for harsher sentences or increased use of the death penalty. Join us on this edition of Justice Talking as we ask what can be done to reduce homicides in America.

Interview with Richard Rosenfeld
Host Margot Adler talks with criminologist and author Richard Rosenfeld about the incidence of murder in the United States compared to other developed countries around the world.

Richard Rosenfeld is a professor of criminology at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He is co-author with Steven F. Messner of the book Crime and the American Dream and has written extensively on homicide in the United States. Professor Rosenfeld is a member of the National Academy of Science's Committee on Law and Justice, and he is a fellow of the American Society of Criminology.

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Report from Boston
Reporter Monica Brady-Myerov brings us a story on the "Boston Miracle," a successful decade-long effort in that city to reduce violent crime. Following years of declining murder rates, that trend has begun to reverse itself as the community struggles to understand why.

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Debate on the Issue
Two criminologists, Franklin Zimring of the University of California, Berkeley and George Kelling, from Rutgers University, debate the effectiveness of crime-fighting efforts around the country.

Franklin E. Zimring is William G. Simon Professor of Law and Wolfen Distinguished Scholar at the University of California at Berkeley. He is best known for his studies of the determinants of the death rate from violent attacks; the impact of pretrial diversion from the criminal justice system; and criminal sanctions. He is a fellow of the American Society of Criminology and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Zimring is the author or co-author of many books including, in 2003, The Contradictions of American Capital Punishment.

George L. Kelling is a professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University. He is currently a fellow in the Program of Criminal Justice Policy and Management, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and his areas of special interest are the police; the relationships among fear, crime, and disorder; community crime control; and the evolution of policing strategies and tactics. A widely published author since the 1960s, Professor Kelling's most recent book, with Catherine M. Coles, is Fixing Broken Windows: Restoring Order in American Cities.

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Interview with a Police Chief
Host Margot Adler talks with Miami, Florida, Chief of Police John Timoney about how that city is trying to combat the most violent crimes.

John Timoney was appointed chief of the Miami Police Department on January 2, 2003, after serving as chief executive officer of an international private investigation and security company in New York City. Prior to that, he served as the police commissioner of the Philadelphia Police Department.

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Interview with a Crime Reporter
Host Margot Adler interviews crime author Edna Buchanan about the public's fascination with murder and murderers.

Edna Buchanan covered five thousand murders as a Miami Herald reporter. She won a Pulitzer Prize for her work there. She now writes crime fiction and is the author of 14 books. Her latest novel is called Shadows.

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