Wet vs. dry counties and crime rates

JONESBORO, Ark. (KTHV) - It's been a long battle to keep some counties in the state dry. Groups in opposition of counties becoming wet say it's a safety issue.

When you go to websites advocating to keep counties dry, you'll find statistics from the Arkansas Crime Information Center.

The websites claim crime "skyrockets" when counties go wet. Others say the crime rate increase should be contributed to fluctuation in population.

Crime went up after Marion County went wet in 2006, but later lowered after a decrease in population.

"My concern is for the fellow man. I can't conceive of anybody knowing the facts, and if they don't know the facts they need to learn the facts, to learn how much of a difference there are between wet and dry counties and what alcohol does," said Bob Hester.

Many counties hope voters will see the dangers of going wet, and others think it all depends on how you look at the data.

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