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Manhattan’s New Woke DA

Instead of announcing his plans to deal with a New York City crime spike in virtually every major crime category, newly sworn in Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has handed down a list of crimes that he won’t prosecute.  Andrew Mark Miller of Fox News reports that Bragg’s plan for “decriminalization / non-prosecution” forbids holding offenders for drug possession, subway …

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Real Police Reform Requires an Increase in Officers

As more and more cities call for defunding the police, large police departments continue to face worsening staff shortages. Defunding the police is meant to be a reform effort, but paradoxically, in many ways in may limit police from doing their jobs well. A recent article in Manhattan Institute’s City Journal describes alternative options for police reform other than defunding, …

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Cal. Supreme Court Rejects Parole for Violent Felons with Determinate Terms

The California Supreme Court today rejected an interpretation of California’s Proposition 57 that would have allowed convicted felons with a determinate sentence for a mix of violent and non-violent felony convictions to seek parole, when those with only a single violent crime conviction could not. That such a bizarre result is even a plausible reading goes only to show how …

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The Drivers of Rising Crime

In a thoughtful OpEd in the Wall Street Journal, John Jay College Professor Barry Latzer discusses some of the factors that are influencing the increase in crime across America.  Latzer notes that the last major crime wave which began in the late 1960s “was driven largely by three factors: large-scale rural-to-urban migration of African-Americans and immigration to big cities of …

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Bad Policies & Progressive DAs Driving Increased Crime

After roughly two years of record-setting homicide rates in many large U.S. cities, progressive politicians and prosecutors are still denying that this is a crises.  As Hans Bader notes in Liberty Unyielding, days after progressive Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner told reporters there was not crisis in his city “Democratic Congressman May Gay Scanlon was carjacked in broad daylight in …

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John Roberts, a Popular Leader

Chief Justice John Roberts is the most popular of 11 national leaders the Gallup poll asked about, with a 60% approval rating.  (By contrast, at the bottom of the heap were five politicians, each with a rating below 45%.  In order:  VP Kamala Harris, Chuck Schumer, Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi and Mitch McConnell). Why is that germane to a criminal …

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Police Use of Force Standards: Policymaking Targets

Despite police use of force being a low-occurring event, well-publicized incidents can evoke widespread concern among community members and policymakers alike. Despite this, the police are still a primary agent of coercive force, and typically when police are called, there is a strong possibility that coercive force may be necessary. From a legal perspective, the most important consideration in police …