Saturday, October 6, 2007

Freakonomics Blog: Prison Murder Rate

One of my favorite blogs to read is the freakonomics blog by the authors of the best selling book of the same name.

They discuss issues of economics & statistics as it applies to everyday topics and they consistently deliver interesting tidbits of information. Today for example they reported that the murder rate in state prisons is actually lower than the murder rate of almost all large U.S. cities:

the homicide rate per 100,000 prisoners last year was only 2.8. That number is less than half the rate of New York City (6.6 per 100,000) and an order of magnitude lower than Baltimore (42 per 100,000). Indeed, of the 66 largest cities in the United States, only El Paso, Tex. and Honolulu, Hawaii have lower homicide rates than the state prisons.

Check our their blog if you like this kind of stuff.

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