ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — No, the declining jail population is not to blame for last year’s spike in auto thefts in Albuquerque, according to a University of New Mexico researcher.
Paul Guerin, the director for the Institute for Social Research, reached this conclusion, which is at odds with a city-funded $68,000 study released last month. Guerin discussed his analysis of the city study during a Bernalillo County Criminal Justice Review Council meeting Thursday.
“Correlations are used more often incorrectly than they are correctly in social sciences,” Guerin said in an interview. “Oftentimes, they are not used well. I think this is an occasion where there is not enough information to accurately describe the correlation.”