Sunday, August 14, 1977

Statistics Profile Looting Suspects

But they acknowledged that the survey might show that there was less of a connection than many analysts had contended between the jobless rate and impoverished neighborhoods and the incidence of disorders such as those last month.

Looters were compared to a randomly selected group of defendants arraigned between June 6 and June 12. Looters were more likely to be employed (42 v 30), less likely to be on welfare (10 v 16), and less likely to be unemployed but not on welfare. Looting involved a lot of people with prior arrest records. A lot of people just joined in when they knew they could.

excerpt from NYT 8/14/77

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