Public Safety Policing, Crime Control
August 3rd, 2022 1 Minute Read Testimony by Rafael A. Mangual

Statement to the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary

The Case for Serious Violent Crime as an Issue Worthy of an Urgent Federal Response

Chairman Durbin, Ranking Member Grassley, and members of the Committee:

I’d like to begin by thanking you for the invitation to address this distinguished body. I’m going to focus my testimony today on what I believe to be an incredibly important issue that warrants a robust federal response: That issue, is the recent rise of serious violent crime.

After peaking in the early 1990s, serious violent crimes like murder, aggravated assault, and robbery declined sharply—gains that held at the national level through the mid-2010s.1 As I’ve written elsewhere, what has become known as the Great Crime Decline represents one of the greatest achievements in urban-American history. The decline absolutely transformed my home city of New York into one of the safest, most dynamic, urban centers in the world. Many cities across America saw similar transformations.

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Rafael Mangual is the Nick Ohnell Fellow and head of research for the Policing and Public Safety Initiative at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor of City Journal. He is also the author of Criminal (In)Justice: What the Push for Decarceration and Depolicing Gets Wrong and Who It Hurts Most.


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