What’s behind “Don’t snitch?”

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What to look for on Smart Talk Friday, June 1, 2018:

Violent crime rates have been falling for the past 25 years — especially in larger cities.  That doesn’t mean crime is not a problem — there just aren’t as many of them statistically.

In mid-state cities like Harrisburg, Lancaster and York, violent crimes are more noticeable and get more attention because they don’t happen as often as they do in larger cities.  Crime will create a sense of insecurity and of being unsafe in a neighborhood or place where it occurred.  That’s especially true if a crime goes unsolved or no one is arrested for committing that crime.

Police want to get the bad guys off the streets and the people living in areas where the crime was committed want to see the perpetrator be punished.  But many times, witnesses to a crime or those who have information won’t cooperate with police because they are afraid for their safety or are living by a code that says they shouldn’t “snitch.”  That’s even though many witnesses know they could be keeping a dangerous person out of jail.

On Friday’s Smart Talk we discuss the “don’t snitch” phenomenon.

Our guests are York City Police Chief Troy Bankert, Safronia Perry, ED, Hope Station, Carlisle and Dr. Susan Clampet-Lundquist, Associate Professor of Sociology, Saint Joseph’s University.

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Safronia Perry, Dr. Susan Clampet-Lundquist, Chief Troy Bankert