At the End of the Progressive Rainbow: A Surge in Crime

September 28, 2016

The Obama administration began revising sentencing guidelines and commuting prison sentences for convicted criminals a year or so ago, releasing thousands of felons.  Obama’s Department of Justice also began systematic investigations into civil rights violations by urban police departments about that same time, mostly in response to Black Lives Matter protests and demands for action.  Of course, municipal leaders have reacted to various community protests by BLM and others with aggressive policy reform of police departments.  What are the results of these social justice driven programs?  According to the FBI, last year saw a 4% increase in violent crime in the US and an 11% spike in murder/manslaughter.  Incidents of rape are up over 6% and assault is up 4.5%.  Whether this is due to the large number of criminals released into communities or due to the Ferguson Effect*, President Obama and his administration have made Americans less safe from crime, especially in large urban areas.

Read more about the FBI 2015 Crime Statistics here.

 

*In Ferguson, MO, violent crimes jumped 65% last year.

 

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