Michigan's Crime Ranking

Upon doing research for another post, I found some startling facts regarding crime in the state of Michigan. Currently, Michigan is ranked number thirty-three out of all states for crime and corrections. Michigan has a 123.2 per 100,000 juvenile incarceration rates whereas the national average is 99.8. The incarceration rate is 429.8 per 100,000 residents compared to the national average of 404.5. Finally, the violent crime rate is 459 per 100,000 residents compared to the national average of 386.3. In all three categories, Michigan is largely above the national average. In terms of corrections, Michigan is ranked number 42, but for public safety the state is ranked number 24. What do you think that Michigan could do to get their rates closer to the national average? Why do you think that Michigan’s rates are substantially above the national average?

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