Crime

Washington Post exonerates Hillary by subordinate clause

Featured image Yesterday, the Washington Post’s editors weighed in on the new report from the State Department’s Inspector General regarding Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server. Their editorial is a classic example of a familiar genre — expressing disapproval of misconduct by politicians one likes, while dismissing without analysis the possibility that the behavior is criminal. The Post has even come up with the perfect phrase with which to pull »

Crime as an issue in 2016

Featured image Bill Otis wonders whether crime will be a significant issue in the 2016 presidential election. It could. Although the crime rate remains low compared to what it was in the days when crime policy was a major issue (and a winning one for Republicans), crime has spiked in many cities and drug addiction has soared. Moreover, the two presidential candidates set the issue up nicely. Donald Trump is a tough »

Nationwide crime wave confirms the Ferguson effect

Featured image Heather Mac Donald, writing in the Wall Street Journal, describes the crime wave that is sweeping the nation, and attributes much of it to the Ferguson effect. She notes that even some who initially denied the Ferguson effect now admit that the phenomenon is real. Mac Donald points to Richard Rosenfeld, a criminologist at the University of Missouri, St. Louis, who was an early and influential critic of the Ferguson »

Sen. Tom Cotton on Crime and Justice in America

Featured image Senator Tom Cotton delivered an important address today at the Hudson Institute on crime and justice in America. Cotton said he believes that the criminal-leniency bill in the Senate — which would, among other things, lead to the release of many thousands of federal drug felons from prison — is dead in this year’s Congress. What the Senator didn’t say is that he deserves much of the credit for rallying »

Financial analyst alleges Clinton Foundation fraud

Featured image The Clinton Foundation finds itself under new scrutiny, this time pertaining to its financial disclosures. Wall Street analyst Charles Ortel is uploading a series of reports showing what he alleges is fraudulent activities by the Foundation. Ortel says he has the documentation to demonstrate Clinton entities have broken state and federal law and have never undergone outside audits, as is required. Ortel’s conclusions are based on what he describes as »

Baltimore’s shrinking police department

Featured image The Baltimore Sun reports that in the year since the death of Freddy Gray, 271 sworn members have left Baltimore’s police department. Only 86 have been hired. The department currently has 284 vacant positions in a force of around 2,300. It’s not difficult to understand the mass resignations (about 3 every 4 days). Gray’s death was followed by riots in which police officers were told to stand down in the »

Fatal flaws remain in revised leniency legislation for drug offenders

Featured image Team Leniency for Drug Felons, the bipartisan group of Senators that wants, among other things, to let thousands of federal drug felons out of jail, held a press conference today to announce its revised leniency legislation. The changes to the Senate bill that stalled late last year do little to improve it. As Senator David Perdue, one of the Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee who stood tall against »

In new push for releasing drug felons, consider the sources

Featured image Team Leniency for Drug Felons, the bipartisan group of Senators that wants, among other things, to let thousands of federal drug felons out of jail, is making another run at its vision of “sentencing reform.” Senators Grassley, Durbin, Cornyn, Leahy, Lee, Whitehouse, Graham, Booker, Scott, and Schumer will hold a press conference tomorrow to announce new provisions to the legislation proposed last October. They will also showcase new cosponsors. Mark »

Euphemism of the Decade

Featured image Roger Clegg at The Corner spotted this one: I’m not sure, but I suspect that once upon a time “juvenile delinquent” was a liberal euphemism for “young criminal.” As often happens, however, eventually even the euphemism is thought to be too harsh, and so a better one has to be found. And so one has: This Obama-administration press release yesterday talked a lot about “justice-involved youth.” And so it does: »

Gov. McAuliffe wants murderers to feel good about themselves again

Featured image Yesterday, I wrote about Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s order removing the disqualification from voting for felons who have completed their time, both in custody and on parole or probation. His order will allow more than 200,000 ex-cons in Virginia to register to vote in the upcoming presidential election. In his order, McAuliffe explained the decision in standard liberalese: the ban on felon voting “disproportionately affects racial minorities and the economically disadvantaged;” »

Virginia governor permits 200,000 felons to vote in upcoming election [UPDATED]

Featured image Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has issued an order removing the disqualification from voting for felons who have completed their time, both in custody and on parole or probation. This order will allow more than 200,000 ex-cons in Virginia to register to vote in the upcoming presidential election. Everyone understands that the Democratic candidate, presumably Hillary Clinton (for whom McAuliffe has carried much water), will gobble up the overwhelming majority of »

With Obama, truth is stranger than fiction

Featured image Over the weekend, President Obama met at the White House with some rappers to get their ideas on the pressing criminal justice issues of the day. During the meeting, one of the deep thinkers had his ankle bracelet go off. It turns out that rapper Ricky Ross is on $2,000,000 bond for kidnapping and pistol whipping his house contractor. According to the New York Daily News: The ankle bracelet is »

The Obama Crime Wave Comes to Minnesota [Updated]

Featured image The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that so far in 2016, shootings in Minneapolis are up by an astounding 85% over 2015. Other violent crime is up as well: As of April 11, 74 people had been shot in the city, an 85 percent increase over the 40 shot during the same period last year. Eleven neighborhoods spanning the city saw violent crimes such as rape, robbery or arson showing increases »

The Ferguson effect in Chicago, a response to Prof. Rappaport

Featured image Mike Rappaport, a distinguished law professor at the University of San Diego and a leading exponent of originalism, takes issue with a post I wrote called “‘The Ferguson Effect’ Documented in Chicago.” Professor Rappaport says nice things about Power Line, which I appreciate, but calls my piece “really problematic” for two main reasons. First, he finds it outrageous to compare the situation in Chicago to that in Ferguson because in »

More evidence of our under-incarceration problem

Featured image I’ve argued that America has an under-incarceration problem. Criminals whose records clearly show they should be in jail have, instead, been released and are on the streets committing violent crimes, including some very bloody, high-profile ones. Here’s another example. Samuel Harviley, paroled from prison less than three months ago, is being held without bond for shooting an off-duty Chicago police officer outside his home earlier this week. In withholding bond, »

“Ferguson effect” documented in Chicago

Featured image Rob Arthur and Jeff Asher at FiveThrityEight show that arrests have declined and gun violence has spiked since the release of the video showing Laquan McDonald being shot and killed by the police. This is evidence of the “Ferguson effect.” Arthur and Asher explain: After some cities saw a rise in crime last year, police chiefs and even the head of the FBI suggested that the United States was experiencing »

Concern about crime soars; non-whites most concerned

Featured image A new Gallup poll finds that 53 percent of Americans worry “a great deal” about crime and violence. This figure represents a 15-year high. Two years ago, only 39 percent worried a great deal about these problems. Last year, 43 percent did. No wonder bipartisan legislation that would free thousands of federal criminals and reduce sentences for various drug crimes going forward has stalled. Speaking of illegal drugs, the Gallup »