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Why Crime Is Out Of Control in San Francisco, by Michael Shellenberger

There’s a weird theory, now completely discredited by the woke contingent, that if you don’t punish crime you get more crime. From Michael Shellenberger at michaelshellenberger.substack.com:

This oped was originally published in The Wall Street Journal on November 28, 2021.

When Chesa Boudin ran for San Francisco district attorney in 2019, he said crime was caused by poverty, wealth inequality and inadequate government spending on social programs. He called prostitution, open drug use and drug dealing “victimless crimes” and promised not to prosecute them. The result has been an increase in crime so sharp that San Francisco’s liberal residents are now paying for private security guards, taking self-defense classes, and supporting a recall of Mr. Boudin, with a vote set for June 2022. Retailers like Walgreens and Target are closing stores in the city, citing rampant shoplifting. Last week, a shockingly organized mob of looters ransacked a downtown Louis Vuitton store.

Mr. Boudin and his defenders say crime in San Francisco has actually declined under his watch. The store closings had little to do with shoplifting, they insist; Walgreens announced in 2019 it would close stores as a cost-saving measure. And after the Louis Vuitton looting, Mr. Boudin talked tough on Twitter : “Standby for felony charges. Indeed, some crimes did decline, but for Covid-related reasons, while many other offenses increased. The pandemic crimped tourism, which meant fewer car break-ins and less shoplifting, but both are now on the rise. Car break-ins were 75% higher in May 2021 than in 2019, before the pandemic.

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Judge Hands Down Probation In Capitol Case, Questions Prosecutors’ “Credibility” Over Leniency Toward BLM, by Tyler Durden

Remember the maxim, “the punishment should fit the crime.” Politics has thrown that out the window. Politically favored cause: no punishment. Politically disfavored cause: Siberia. From Tyler Durden at zerohedge.com:

An Oklahoma judge has just reminded Americans that there’s at least one judge in on the US District Court in Washington (which is handling the bulk of the Jan. 6 cases) who isn’t a Democrat.

Judge Trevor McFadden admonished prosecutors this week after handing down a more-lenient-than-expected sentence to Danielle Doyle, 37, who was given two months of probation on Friday for her involvement in the Jan. 6 demonstrations. Prosecutors had asked the judge to sentence Doyle to home confinement.

Doyle pleaded guilty in July to illegally demonstrating inside the Capitol, which she admitted to entering through a broken window.

She spent a total of 24 minutes in the building and there’s no evidence she committed any acts of violence or property damage.

In his statement, the judge openly questioned the prosecution’s “credibility,” wondering aloud why the DoJ hasn’t indicted any more of those arrested during the riots in Washington during the Black Lives Matter-inspired protests from last summer.

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