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Crime Increase Sparks Criminal Justice Reform Debate in California

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Sarah Le has this article with the above title in the Epoch Times:

Crime has been going up in California, and some members of law enforcement and their support organizations are blaming a series of changes to California's criminal justice system in recent years.

Violent crime in California increased 10 percent and property crime increased 8.1 percent from 2014 to 2015, according to the California Office of the Attorney General. In Los Angeles, violent crime increased three years in a row, rising 69.5 percent since 2013, according to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).

"Our city has experienced a steady crime increase in almost all categories," said LAPD Sergeant Jerretta Sandoz, vice president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, in a press release.

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Michael Rushford, president of the nonprofit Criminal Justice Legal Foundation, said: "If you have a fire and you pour more gas on it, you get more fire. The gas in this case is the release of criminals into the communities and changes in laws that reduce the consequences for new crimes."

"Now we're leaving habitual felons in the counties, and they're evolving into violent criminals," he said.

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With a recidivism rate of more than three-quarters, more crime faster was the certain result of these "reforms."

Here's betting a hundred bucks the reforms' backers will say "it's too early to tell" whether their pro-criminal changes had any effect.

Sorry to be blunt, but there are people on the other side who are just flat-out liars.

https://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/press/rprts05p0510pr.cfm

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