THE REASON we have so much crime is that crime pays, putting the lie to a maxim millions of us learned at home and at church. "How can you teach a 14- or 15-year-old the value of staying in school when he sees $5,000 a week being made on the street [in drug sales]," a frustrated Baltimore middle school principal asked last weekend.
According to the Dallas-based National Center for Policy Analysis:
Only 17 percent of all murders culminate in a prison sentence.
Only 5 percent of all rapes lead to a prison term.
A convicted felon is imprisoned less than 3 percent of the time in cases of robbery, assault, burglary and auto theft.