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Commentary By Hannah E. Meyers

Do Black Victims Matter?

Public Safety Policing, Crime Control

So-called criminal-justice reform takes horrifying toll on Black victims

On Monday afternoon, a 17-year-old girl was shot near her Brooklyn public school. She is just one of the many Black kids victimized since 2017’s Raise the Age legislation prevented violent youth in New York from being held responsible for hurting people, leading to 204% increase in teen shooting victims.

Last year, 78 more teens were shot than had been five years prior. Even worse, by 2021, the number of murdered Black kids in NYC nearly quadrupled, with 42 victims that year, or 80%, being Black (including Black Hispanic). That’s 25 more Black youths killed than in 2017.

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Hannah Meyers is director of the policing and public safety initiative at the Manhattan Institute. Adapted from City Journal.

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