Mark Pogrebin Quoted on Cold Cases

Crimonology and criminal justice Professor Mark Pogrebin was quoted in the Oct. 10, 2015, Associated Press story  “NoCo cold cases haunt detectives, families.”

“… Recent FBI figures peg the clearance rate at 64 percent, a marked decline from decades ago when the number was closer to 90 percent nationally. While homicide rates across the country have declined, murder in America has gotten more complicated.

“Most homicides have a witness or witnesses. Now, I think a lot of crimes that are committed are not related. It could be stranger to stranger much more than it has been before, which hurts the solvability factors,” said Mark Pogrebin, a criminal justice professor at CU Denver.

“A more mobile population, a greater fear among some – including gangs – of talking to police, and the ease of obtaining firearms through unofficial means, hindering ballistics tracking, have brought the country to a spot where as many as one-third of homicides go unsolved, he said.

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