Thursday, June 9, 2022

Does 'tough-on-crime' lower crime rates?

 A new study by the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice shows that “tough-on-crime” policies failed to lower crime rates in Sacramento, reports 48hills. The study found that violent crimes have fallen 29 percent in San Francisco since 2014 under the last two progressive District Attorney’s, while in Sacramento a conservative prosecutors’ policies have resulted in a 9 percent increase, reported The Crime Report.

Sacramento prosecutor Anne Marie Schubert, who is now running for attorney general, advocates for longer prison sentences and more aggressive prosecution of all types of crime and blames progressive politics for failing to protect public safety. 

However, the study found that during the 2014-2021 period bracketing Schubert’s term, rates of homicide, other violent crimes, and property crimes, fell faster in San Francisco than in Sacramento even as San Francisco reduced its incarceration rate (-38 percent) much faster than did Sacramento (-24 percent). Today, the City of Sacramento has higher rates of violent crime, including for homicide, rape and aggravated assault, while San Francisco’s violent crime rate has plunged to record-low levels.

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