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12 Cities Setting All Time Homicide Rates

Bill Hutchinson of ABC News reports that 12 U.S. Cities have broken annual homicide records this year.  Five of these cities topped the homicide record they set in 2020.  While much media coverage has been focused on New York, with 443 homicides so far this year, and Los Angeles with 352 homicides so far, Philadelphia has beaten them both with …

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Does the Electorate Want More Prison or Less?

With a hat-tip to Sentencing Law and Policy, I bring you this poll from the Pew Research Center, a center-left outfit that often does useful research.  The question it asked was whether respondents thought people convicted of crime spend too much, too little, or about the right amount of time in prison.  The results will not come as good news …

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FBI Releases 2020 Incident-Level Crime Statistics

On December 6, the FBI released detailed 2020 crime data for offenses reported to law enforcement in the United States. According to the 2020 data, nearly 9 million crimes reported to police in 2020. 60.5% (about 5.4 million) were property crimes, 25.2% (about 2.2 million) were crimes against persons, and 14.3% (about 1.3 million) were crimes against society. The most …

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Risky Drug Dealing

Mental states are imperative for ascribing blame for most crimes.  We care whether someone does something purposefully, knowingly or recklessly.  Selling heroin is risky and unlawful behavior.  It is, of course, risky because you may get caught and go to prison.  But it is fraught with risk to those who buy the drugs.   People sometime die from the poison being …

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To Progressives, Deaths Due Low Bail & Early Release Are Acceptable

In a 2007 interview regarding his push for reducing cash bail for arrestees, Milwaukee District Attorney John Chisholm told reporters “Is there going to be an individual I divert, or I put into a treatment program, who’s going to go out and kill sombody?  You bet. Guaranteed.  It’s guaranteed to happen, but it does not invalidate the overall approach.”  Rebecca …