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06-18-2012, 05:52 PM
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Originally Posted by SK13 View Post
No, but you are profiling, and ultimately that's a touchy prospect.

You point out that younger men are more likely to commit violent crimes as a reason not to employ younger men in those positions. Well, I would suggest that you would find that African-American are more likely to commit violent crimes per capita than Caucasian men - should we not employ Black men in those positions? Where is that line?
Slippery slope indeed. Part of the problem with both sets of data is in possible biases in both. Asking the question "what age/race is more likely to be convicted of a crime" is not the same as "what age/race is most likely to commit a crime".

For age particularily, if you are convicted of a crime at 22, are you likely to be committing a crime at 23? Presumably not, since you are likely incarcerated. Also, maybe you don't recidivate when you are released - but is it because you are chronologically older and wiser, or is it due to the counseling etc. you received while in prison?

Arguments about screening and pay structure are much stronger I think.

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