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Will the Spike in Murder and Violence Undermine Criminal Justice Reform?

Added 05-14-21 02:21:02pm EST - “Growing criticism of big-city progressive D.A.s George Gasc” - Reason.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Reason.com: “Will the Spike in Murder and Violence Undermine Criminal Justice Reform?”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

In 1960, the U.S. violent crime rate started rising, and for three decades this was one of the most vexing and discussed problems in America.

It was the crime decline that made possible a bipartisan movement to reckon with the injustice of mass incarceration and the failure of the war on drugs.

But last year, the United States experienced the largest rise in homicides in decades, and violent crime rose particularly sharply in big cities, which could bring the return of tough-on-crime rhetoric and undermine the criminal justice reform movement.

Critics say a recently elected group of district attorneys in elite coastal cities, who are dismissing routine property crimes and failing to jail potentially dangerous individuals, are exacerbating the problem.

This backlash underscores why it's so important to distinguish between worthwhile criminal justice reform and simply failing to enforce the rule of law.

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