Crime and Recession

The State of Education

You can't live in Florida without hearing about FCAT on the news. It's a lightning rod issue, and the Florida legislature recently approved a new bill that will shake things up a bit more. We speak with a teacher, a former administrator, a researcher and a parent to learn their views on the FCAT. Host Irene Maher then introduces us to a group of leaders in Pinellas County determined help students caught in the achievement gap. Larry Elliston introduces us to tipper the dog, who's having a dog-gone good time getting kids excited to read.

Crime and Recession

Conventional wisdom says crime rises when the economy goes bad; studies say that has been true during every recession since the 1950s. With the country facing what many consider to be the deepest recession in 70 years, that could mean a spike in criminal activity. This week, we'll learn more about why crime jumps in a bad economy, and see how that's really playing out in the Bay area.

Professor at Stetson University College of Law
Polk County Sheriff
Criminal Investigations Division Commander with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

Robert Batey explains why we don't have reliable crime data in the U.S. and talks about whether police and prosecutors give people without jobs different treatment. (3:47)

Sheriff Grady Judd explains how crime analysis and what he calls “proactive policing” began in Polk County a decade ago. (2:57)

Major Harold Winsett explains the Hillsborough Sheriff's Office process of analyzing cases in each of its divisions and adjusting crime-fighting strategies. (1:35)

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Tuesday at 6:30 PM | Sunday at 7:30 AM on WUSF 89.7
Monday at 10:00 PM on WSMR 89.1

Robin Sussingham

Robin Trohn Sussingham is a reporter and program host at WUSF Public Broadcasting, and is the producer of Florida Matters. She came to WUSF from public radio stations KUER and KCPW in Utah, has contributed stories to NPR and Marketplace, and also has an extensive background in print reporting. She was born in Lakeland and often reports about Polk County.

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