Franklin Zimring

Violent crime up for second straight year in Los Angeles

Malcolm Feeley and Franklin Zimring quoted by KPCC-FM, Jan. 6, 2017

“It’s hard to interpret” what’s happening during upticks like these, said UC Berkeley Law Professor Malcolm Feeley. “A statistician would say they are random noise.”

So why is some crime on the rise in Los Angeles? “I know it’s a fair question,” Zimring said, “And the answer is we don’t know.”

New NYPD boss, James P. O’Neill, tested early in first 100 days

Franklin Zimring quoted by Newsday, Jan. 2, 2017

Prof. Franklin Zimring of University of California, Berkeley School of Law, a noted criminologist, said that criticism of O’Neill and his ties to de Blasio is more in the line of political gossip than an issue of substance. … “No news is good news,” noted Zimring, referring to New York’s low crime levels.

Ohio’s youngest death row inmate never touched the murder weapon. Why was he sentenced to death?

Franklin Zimring quoted by The Washington Post, Dec. 16, 2016

“It’s crystal clear that the difference between life or death is electing a jury trial, not what happened at the crime scene,” said Zimring, who has written about capital punishment. “The thing that makes that forcefully problematic is that the only difference between life and death is the procedural decision that the defendant made.”

California gives lifeline to death penalty, approves reform

Franklin Zimring quoted by The Washington Post, Nov. 23, 2016

“The irony is that Prop. 66 was supposed to simplify and speed things up,” Zimring said. “The smart money would bet that it has made things more complex, increased the set of issues to be litigated and if anything could slow down the path to execution in California from its glacial pace previously, it is this.”

Opponents fight California gun measure, count on Trump

Franklin Zimring quoted by Associated Press, Nov. 13, 2016

Gun ownership in states like California, Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York is already so heavily regulated that when proponents seek to further restrict ownership, they often are limited to making marginal changes like those included in Proposition 63, he said.

Data on police shootings is improving but challenges remain

Franklin Zimring interviewed by KPCC-FM, Sept. 26, 2016

“You have a lot of statistics, and they’re all wrong. … slightly less than half of police killings were reported in any of the national statistical structures. … We now know numbers, but we don’t know circumstances, and we can’t audit.”

Death penalty is dying across America. Will California save it?

Franklin Zimring quoted by The Sacramento Bee, Sept. 25, 2016

While courts and legislatures around the nation are abolishing capital punishment, when it goes to a public vote the hard line tends to have the advantage, said Franklin Zimring. … “The question is what do you do with the worst criminals you have?” Zimring said. “And if that ever becomes a question of sentiment the answer is boil them in oil.”

Death penalty is dying across America. Will California save it?

Franklin Zimring quoted by The Sacramento Bee, Sept. 25, 2016

While courts and legislatures around the nation are abolishing capital punishment, when it goes to a public vote the hard line tends to have the advantage, said Franklin Zimring. … “The question is what do you do with the worst criminals you have?” Zimring said. “And if that ever becomes a question of sentiment the answer is boil them in oil.”