After a short-lived (but possibly in-accurate) drop in reported crime in 1972, the U.S. national crime rate has soared by more than 20% in the past two years - 16% alone for the-first nine months of 1974. From 1964 to 1973 spending on local law enforcement shot up over 600% - from $1 billion to over $ 7 billion - yet crime continued to march on like some unstoppable, mysterious plague. And like the plague, its cancer- like spread has induced a secondary epidemic of fear. Law enforcement officers, judges and penal officials admit they don't know what to do next to discourage rampaging criminal activity. "Look at all the things we've tried," they say, in effect, "and crime still continues to rise. Nothing works!" Outgoing Attorney General William B. Saxbe judged the nation's efforts to reduce crime as "a dismal failure." Citing "the incredible increase in crime statistics in recent years," Saxbe said, "they keep going up-despite billions in federal aid.
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