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The Crime Epidemic in Larry Krasner’s Philadelphia

Crime is out of control in Philadelphia.  There were 562 homicides last year, twice as may than eight years ago, and homicides have increased by 19% so far this year.  The city’s Police Commissioner reports that last year’s 750 carjackings were triple the number in 2019.   For perspective, New York City, which has more than five times the population of …

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Regulating Away Justice

For almost a year now, the administration of California Governor Gavin Newsom has been promulgating and enforcing “emergency” regulations that expand the “good behavior” credits of violent felons. A California “truth in sentencing” statute, like many in the country, limits such credits to 15%. Newsom’s regulations hand them out at more than double this rate, 33.3%. The administration claims that …

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Lower crime rates don’t automatically make us safer

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic had an enormous impact on nearly every aspect of our day-to-day lives, ranging from economic distress, to disrupted schooling, and public health impacts. Relatedly, changes in crime rates have been perplexing. While overall crime rates were down by about 15% in 2020 relative to 2019, homicides saw an unprecedented increase of 29.4%. Further, aggravated …

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Poll: 68% of Californians Concerned About Crime

A CBS News poll released last Friday indicates that crime is one the top three issues concerning Californians.  1800 state residents were inverviewed for the survey which found that wildfires were a considered the most important issue by 77%, with the corona virus second at 73% and crime ranking third with 68%.  Only 50% felt protected by the police and …

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Marsy’s Law Challenged in Kentucky Supreme Court

“The Kentucky Supreme Court on Thursday weighed the fate of a victims’ rights law that opponents say must be struck down because it was not properly put before voters,” reports David Wells for Courthouse News. And what are the drastic changes that have the opponents so hot and bothered? After being passed by ballot referendum in November 2020 with 63% …

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Boston BLM Leader Indicted

Monica Cannon-Grant a prominent Black Lives Matter organizer in Boston has been indicted along with her husband for skimming at least $185,000 in donations to their non-profit.  Yaron Steinbuch and Bruce Golding of the New York Post report that in 2020 Cannon-Grant was named by the Boston Globe as one of the “Bostonians of the Year,” as a BLM activist …