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Drop in Crime Rate Under Reno Assessed

Former U.S. attorney general Janet Reno was the honored guest last March at a program featuring criminal law experts who assessed the drop in national crime during her tenure.

Panelists at the two-day event included Fred Blumstein, a Carnegie Mellon criminology professor instrumental in the creation of the National Institute of Justice, and Geoffrey Fagan, professor of law and public health at Columbia University.

Also participating were Lawrence W. Sherman, chair of Penn’s Criminology Department, Richard Gelles, dean of the School of Policy & Practice, and Michael A. Fitts, dean of Penn Law School. The Law School has one of the country’s most distinguished criminal law faculties, including Leo Katz, Stephen Morse and Paul Robinson, who is regularly called upon to rewrite criminal codes throughout the world. Penn Law and the School of Arts and Sciences offer a dual degree in law and criminology.

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