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Making Manhattan a Crook’s Paradise

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Making Manhattan a Crook’s Paradise

New York Post January 10, 2022
Policing & Public SafetyAll

Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg has ordered his prosecutors to stop seeking prison sentences for hordes of criminals and to downgrade felony charges in cases including armed robberies and drug dealing.

Less than a week ago, New Yorkers closed the book on a year that saw 485 murders — a slight rise over 2020, which saw a massive increase over 2019. Along with marking the end of Bill de Blasio’s tenure as mayor, 2021 also became the fourth consecutive year in which Big Apple homicides increased. Four straight years of homicide increases: That has never happened in my lifetime. 

Depressing as the crime data have been as of late, many Gothamites rang in the New Year with optimism about new Mayor Eric Adams, a former cop who ran on an explicitly anti-crime platform. But New Yorkers are quickly learning that last year’s election outcomes weren’t universally anti-crime.

Continue reading the entire piece here at the New York Post

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Rafael A. Mangual is a fellow and deputy director for legal policy at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor of City Journal. Follow him on Twitter here. Adapted from City Journal.

Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

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