I can't believe this article was even posted on TH. There are so many discrepancies I don't know where to start.
Barone starts out with mentioning the Aurora Massacre. What does that have to do with lowering too stringent reactions to crime? The guy was a psycho that premeditated his murders. To me nothing would be too stringent a reaction. Holmes deserves the death penalty, but from the sounds of the article Barone would prob think that "rehabilitation measures" would be more beneficial.
"But by the late 19th century, after a long generation, crime rates among the Irish fell sharply. Something similar seems to be happening among black Americans..." Does this statement even need refutation? Talk about being far off base (cont)