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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz has talked a lot about the crime rate in his campaign, as he did here during a safer streets community discussion on Oct. 13, 2022, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Oz faces Democrat John Fetterman in the Nov. 8 general election. (Mark Makela/Getty Images)

Republicans say crime is on the rise – what is the crime rate and what does it mean?

BY: - October 24, 2022

In the lead-up to the 2022 midterm elections, Republican candidates across the nation are blaming Democrats for an increase in crime. But as a scholar of criminology and criminal justice, I believe it’s important to note that, despite the apparently confident assertions of politicians, it’s not so easy to make sense of fluctuations in the […]