Economic adversity and crime


The relationship between criminality and economic conditions has concerned criminologists and public officials for the past century, if not longer. This timely Trends and Issues by the Director of the New South Wales Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, suggests that the relationship between economic adversity and crime is more complex than some casual commentators might suspect. In the current climate of economic contraction, his thoughtful observations about the importance of managing social and economic development deserve wide consideration.