Urban Voters Are Tired of Crime and Disorder. Will Progressive DAs Listen?
For all of the effects that November's midterm elections will have on the balance of power in Washington, local races will feature prominently when the history of this year is written. As dysfunction has increasingly come to define everyday life in American cities, efforts to halt progressive prosecution have taken center stage. Over 55 percent of San Franciscans voted to remove Chesa Boudin, whose prosecutorial tenure coincided with a conspicuous rise in property crime and public disorder. Those voters' voices are no doubt reverberating in progressive DAs' offices across the country, particularly those of Los Angeles district attorney George Gascón, who will likely meet a recall election come November, and his counterpart in Philadelphia, Larry Krasner, who now faces a Republican-led impeachment effort.
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John Ketcham is a fellow at the Manhattan Institute.
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