Democrats Pay a Political Price for Going Easy on Crime
But they’re slow to learn. Illinois is about to adopt some of the same policies that failed elsewhere.
One reason Republicans were projected to make big gains on Election Day is that GOP candidates have highlighted crime, which has risen nationally in recent years and in some big cities has hit elevations not seen since the early 1990s. For anyone paying attention, however, the writing has been on the wall for some time now.
Earlier this year, voters recalled San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin for his lax attitude toward prosecuting criminals. Marilyn Mosby, the top prosecutor in Baltimore—where homicides have topped 300 for each of the past seven years—lost her bid for re-election in July for similar reasons.
Philadelphia is on pace to surpass last year’s record number of murders, and state lawmakers have filed articles of impeachment against District Attorney Larry Krasner over his soft-on-crime policies. In addition, 2021 saw the election of mayors in Atlanta, New York and Seattle who all ran on public-safety platforms.
This piece originally appeared in The Wall Street Journal