Falling crime rates and faulty enforcement strategies

Florida’s 2016 Semi-Annual Uniform Crime Report showed a year-over-year decline in the overall crime rate of 3.4 percent, which currently sits at a 45-year low. Domestic violence convictions fell 3.4 percent for the same period. However, efforts to combat domestic violence continue to ramp up throughout the nation – sometimes using dubious tactics. In Illinois, for example, a new law will require hairstylists to receive training on how to spot signs of domestic violence and be on the lookout for those signs on their clients. The course is only one hour long. Imagine being falsely suspected of domestic violence because...

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