Crime

Inside the Criminal Mind by Stanton Samenow
How a criminal’s actions are fundamentally determined by their thoughts.

The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined by  Steven Pinker
” despite the ceaseless news about war, crime, and terrorism, violence has actually been in decline over long stretches of history.”

More Guns Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws by John R. Lott Jr.

The War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe Paperback by Heather Mac Donald
Mac Donald deconstructs the central narrative of the Black Lives Matter movement: that racist cops are the greatest threat to young black males. On the contrary, it is criminals and gangbangers who are responsible for the high black homicide death rate.

The War on Cops exposes the truth about officer use of force and explodes the conceit of “mass incarceration.” A rigorous analysis of data shows that crime, not race, drives police actions and prison rates. The growth of proactive policing in the 1990s, along with lengthened sentences for violent crime, saved thousands of minority lives. In fact, Mac Donald argues, no government agency is more dedicated to the proposition that “black lives matter” than today’s data-driven, accountable police department.

Mac Donald gives voice to the many residents of high-crime neighborhoods who want proactive policing. She warns that race-based attacks on the criminal-justice system, from the White House on down, are eroding the authority of law and putting lives at risk.