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Will Crime Keep Rising? Not Necessarily

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Will Crime Keep Rising? Not Necessarily

The Wall Street Journal June 15, 2021
Policing & Public SafetyAll

There are reasons to think the spike will be temporary, though policies like ‘bail reform’ augur ill.

Two more people were shot dead and another 19 were wounded last weekend in New York City, where the New York Post reports that shootings have climbed by nearly 70% in the past year, and homicides have risen by almost 50% since 2019.

Unfortunately, the Big Apple has a lot of company. Since 2020 there have been significant increases in violent crime, and in homicides specifically, everywhere from Minneapolis and Los Angeles to Philadelphia and Portland, Ore. “Homicide rates in large cities were up more than 30 percent on average last year, and up another 24 percent for the beginning of this year,” the New York Times reported earlier this month. In Chicago, 2020 was the worst year for killings in three decades.

Continue reading the entire piece here at The Wall Street Journal (paywall)

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Jason L. Riley is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a columnist at The Wall Street Journal, and a Fox News commentator. Follow him on Twitter here.

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