There’s a great article by Matt Stiles and Terri Langford in the Houston Chronicle called “Murder figures can be hard to solve.”
From the article:
Dr. Charles Wellford, professor of criminology and criminal justice at the University of Maryland, pointed out how a police “cold case” unit in Kansas City brought another 15 solved cases for a particular year to its annual murder clearance tally. The department then issued two sets of numbers for that year to explain what it did.
“You should get the benefit of clearing homicides from the previous year … ”
I looked up Dr. Wellford (pictured) on the University of Maryland’s Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice’s website, and what an impressive background he has. Among his interests he lists “Measurement of white collar crime,” a pet peeve of mine. Also on the website: ”Charles Wellford has been named a lifetime National Associate of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) “in recognition of extraordinary service to the National Academies in its role as advisor to the nation in matters of science, engineering, and health.” He was the first criminologist to receive this honor. Dr. Wellford served for six years as chair of the NAS Committee on Law and Justices.”
Go Dr. Wellford!