Saturday, October 29, 2011

Thanks to Eli Silverman for backing me up on COMPSTAT

RE: [Unveiling Compstat] New comment on Immunity Granted, Immunity Denied.
Eli Silverman []
You replied on 10/29/2011 2:03 PM.
Sent: Saturday, October 29, 2011 1:10 PM


Yes you were right on 2000. We posted your comment. You have every right to feel vindicated. If you wish to read even more disturbing info about Schoolcraft, try going to the Village Voice and see series under “The NYPD tapes; You will find it very revelatory.

We have gone into great detail regarding the New York situation and other Cities, including internationally, in a forthcoming book which is entitled “The Crime Numbers Game: Management by Manipulation.”

Best regards


From: Hal []
Sent: Thursday, October 27, 2011 6:01 PM
Subject: [Unveiling Compstat] New comment on Immunity Granted, Immunity Denied.

Hal has left a new comment on your post "Immunity Granted, Immunity Denied":

Remember my review of your earlier book criticizing COMPSTAT? I don't know if you've seen this from me recently. I'm so glad you recognize police crime/criminality counting generally and COMPSTAT can't be done:

I wrote the following blog in response to an extended segment of "This American Life" indicating massive underreporting of crimes and false public order arrests to meet quotas in Brooklyn, and probably throughout NYPD. The link to this week's "right to remain silent" segment is . The transcript is at . So much for the face validity of crime and criminality statistics.


From: Pepinsky, Harold E.
Sent: Saturday, October 22, 2011 8:37 PM
To: Pepinsky, Harold E.
Subject: COMPSTAT news

Hal Pepinsky,,
October 22, 2011
Today on “This American Life,” most of the program was about how from
roll call to the very top of the NYPD, since its inception in 1994,
the much touted crime reporting system known as COMPSTAT is bogus.
The TAL segment is essentially an interview with former officer Adrian
Schoolcraft and playing of clips of the recordings he made from when
he was first ordered at roll call to make numbers on summonses to how
senior commanders have him taken away to a psychiatric ward. It’s
quite a drama.
I googled Adrian Schoolcraft and found this NYT story:
In “Living Criminologically with Naked Emperors” (
critpapers/pepinsky1.pdf) first published in the Criminal Justice
Policy Review in 2000, I argued that COMPSTAT’s reputed success in
controlling crime in New York was a well-established pattern of
focusing on arrests and downgrading or not recording crime. I feel
vindicated. Schoolcraft indicates that my speculation was entirely correct. As
far as I can see, police crime recording always has been and always will be
politically corrupt, transparently so from the outset. Love and
peace, hal

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