Crime rates in California have plummeted—especially among youth—over the last 35 years. At the same time, nonwhites have become the majority in the state. The Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice says the parallel trends refute arguments that immigration threatens public safety.
Chicago and Baltimore drove the increase in violent crime reports last year, says the Brennan Center for Justice. Its survey found that Chicago accounted for 55.1 percent of the big-city murder rate increase.
About 1,300 additional officers were deployed to patrol over this long weekend, compared with 880 in 2016. As of yesterday, about half as many people had been shot compared with Memorial Day weekend last year.
After a Memorial Day weekend last year in which 71 people were shot, six of them fatally, Chicago will put an extra 1,000 police officers on the street for the next three days. Crime trends in one violent district are good.
Illinois ranked in the top 10 states for the number of guns stolen from firearms dealers last year. Law enforcement officials say that gang members see gun stores as easy marks to supply themselves. Some see the guns as a way to make some easy money.
The nation’s leading academic group of criminologists says the administration has ignored “well-established science” in its tough-on-crime moves and crackdown on immigration. The statement by the American Society of Criminology board was the toughest criticism in recent memory of a sitting president.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions insists that “sanctuary cities” are havens for criminals, but “many of the cities with the biggest increase in crime are not sanctuary cities,” says an analyst from the Cato Institute.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions highlighted the San Diego suburb of Escondido to illustrate how jurisdictions that limit cooperation with immigration authorities jeopardize public safety. Sessions offered no evidence that “sanctuary jurisdictions” or immigrants are responsible, and Police Chief Craig Carter says there has been no crime increase.