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Commentary By Rafael A. Mangual

What George Soros Doesn’t Understand About Crime and True Justice

Public Safety Policing, Crime Control

A 'progressive' approach to law enforcement as championed by George Soros and others means victims of violent crime pay a high price

George Soros took to the Wall Street Journal this week to defend his financial support for "reform prosecutors." He began by asserting that "Americans desperately need a more thoughtful discussion about our response to crime." I couldn’t agree more. That’s why I wrote a book (out last week) on our ongoing national debate about crime and justice.

Sadly, Soros’s piece failed to deliver that thoughtful discussion. Instead, the philanthropist offered a shallow, essentially data-free collection of platitudes—"If people trust the justice system, it will work"—and incomplete observations.

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Rafael A. Mangual is a senior fellow and head of research for the Policing and Public Safety Initiative at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor of City Journal. Follow him on Twitter here. Adapted from City Journal

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