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Journal of Law and Conflict Resolution
The determinants of crime have been an area of numerous studies over time. In spite of this volume of work, interest in the causes of crime continues to persist. This paper investigates the determinants of variations in crime rates in the United States using cross-sectional state-level data. It explores the role of government spending and socio-economic variables and compares these determinants for the three years 1990, 2000, and 2010 to determine whether there have been changes in the impactdoi:10.5897/jlcr2016.0250 fatcat:bpdsr4p3fnhwfps2uevheopsfi