In “The Big Apple’s big drop in crime” The Christian Science Monitor reports that the largest city in the United States has experienced a significant drop in crime as the result of a fundamental shift in the thinking behind policing. The nation’s largest police department has experienced success in fighting crime “by asking the right question, even if it is an odd one: Are you fighting criminals—or crime?” In law enforcement today, making “a distinction between action and actor is not seen as odd. And this might help explain why New York has achieved one of the lowest crimes rates the city has ever seen.” Investing in a person by lifting them out of a life of criminal activity is yielding fruitful results. Reorienting the motive behind policing has allowed law enforcement to connect with the communities they serve, garnering support in a collective effort to reduce crime. “This community-focused approach allows police to more easily pinpoint the most habitual lawbreakers and then confront them with a choice: Either be arrested or seek help for their problems, such as job training, counseling, or mentoring. The key is choice.” As this Monitor story explains, effectively fighting crime isn’t accomplished solely by locking up criminals, but by lifting up communities into good and enriching lives.
Ideas on this subject:
From the Bible:
Be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.
From the writings of Mary Baker Eddy:
In divine Science, man is the true image of God. The divine nature was best expressed in Christ Jesus, who threw upon mortals the truer reflection of God and lifted their lives higher than their poor thought-models would allow,— thoughts which presented man as fallen, sick, sinning, and dying. The Christlike understanding of scientific being and divine healing includes a perfect Principle and idea,—perfect God and perfect man,—as the basis of thought and demonstration.
— Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 259
Let them seek the lost sheep who, having strayed from the true fold, have lost their great Shepherd and yearn to find living pastures and rest beside still waters.
— Miscellaneous Writings 1883‒1896, p. 357
Related articles from The Christian Science Journal and the Christian Science Sentinel:
In “Criminality and innocence”: “Through our understanding of man’s complete and innocent nature, we help to demonstrate this pure and upright idea of God in human experience. The image of a sinning mortal seeking to gain abundance and fulfillment for himself by ruthless means must be uncovered as the counterfeit of God’s perfect man. This standpoint does not imply that we deny crime or ignore it. Yet we can separate the sin from our concept of the individual’s true identity.” And “The Christ, through its irresistible influence in the human consciousness, unmasks even hidden wrong and brings it to the light for correction.”
In “Crime-stoppers”: “Catching even the slightest glimpse of God’s allness helps us know that evil—the self-proclaimed opposite of God’s goodness—is not what it claims. It’s simply not the relentless reality it seems to be. Faced with the omnipotence and ever-presence of God, evil just has to be a washout, a nonentity.” And “Becoming aware of the nothingness of evil is the first great step toward destroying criminality and restoring peace in a community.”
The articles above and others dealing with this subject can be found on JSH-Online.com or on CSMonitor.com.