Violent criminals have extensive records, but soft-on-crime policies keep us from targeting worst offenders
Keeping up with the news about violent crime in America is like listening to a never-ending lineup of the worst karaoke singers in the world belt out their individual interpretations of the same bad song. Last week, in Midtown Manhattan, gunfire rang out in broad daylight. NYPD Chief of Department Kenneth Corey told reporters that the prime suspect "has multiple prior arrests in gun-related crimes — including for shooting people — and yet remains free, carrying a gun and now firing shots in Midtown Manhattan in the middle of the day."
This week, on the Upper West Side, an 82-year-old man was attacked by a machete-wielding woman who, the New York Post reported, "was out free after seven prior arrests involving a machete or other weapons, including a similar attack just days ago." Gee, where have we heard this before?
Rafael Mangual is the Nick Ohnell Fellow and head of research for the Policing and Public Safety Initiative at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor of City Journal. He is also the author of Criminal (In)Justice: What the Push for Decarceration and Depolicing Gets Wrong and Who It Hurts Most.
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