Thefts and associated crimes rise after California voters approved reducing criminal sentences. I wonder what they thought was going to happen.
The hallmark of liberalism is that those who come down with this disease lose the ability to look to tomorrow and think beyond what they do today. At least not with any sense of reality. They cannot ask themselves a simple question: If we do this today, what will happen next?
Here is the latest example:
Larcenies increased about 9 percent by 2016, or about 135 more thefts per 100,000 residents than if tougher penalties had remained, according to results of a study by the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California released Tuesday.
Thefts from motor vehicles accounted for about three-quarters of the increase. San Francisco alone recorded more than 30,000 auto burglaries last year, which authorities largely blamed on gangs. Shoplifting may be leveling off, researchers found, but there is no sign of a decline in thefts from vehicles.
Proposition 47 lowered criminal sentences for drug possession, theft, shoplifting, identity theft, receiving stolen property, writing bad checks and check forgery from felonies that can bring prison terms to misdemeanors that often bring minimal jail sentences.
Liberals are always surprised by what happens next because they never bother to think about until it can no longer be ignored. Then they don’t make any changes to rectify anything. No, they seek to soften the reality of what they’ve done by coming force with improbable explanations and excuses.
While researchers can link the measure to more theft, they found it did not lead to the state’s increase in violent crime.
Violent crime spiked by about 13 percent after Proposition 47 passed, but researchers said the trend started earlier and was mainly because of unrelated changes in crime reporting by the FBI and the Los Angeles Police Department.
The FBI broadened its definition of sexual crimes in 2014, while the LAPD improved its crime reporting after previously underreporting violent crimes. If it weren’t for those changes, researchers found California’s violent crime rate would have increased 4.7 percent from 2014 to 2016.
Researchers compared California’s crime trends to those in other states with historically similar trends. They found the increase in California’s violent crime rate was less than that of comparison states, but larcenies jumped in California as they declined elsewhere.
California still has historically low crime rates despite recent changes in the criminal justice system aimed at reducing mass incarceration and increasing rehabilitation and treatment programs, said Lenore Anderson, executive director of Californians for Safety and Justice, who led the drive to pass Proposition 47.
“This report shows we are making progress,” she said in a statement calling for less spending on prisons and more on programs to help reduce the cycle of crime.
Morgan Hill Police Chief David Swing, president of the California Police Chiefs Association, said researchers’ findings “are consistent with what police chiefs across the state have seen since 2014” and show the need for a proposed initiative intended for the November ballot that would partly roll back the 2014 law.
It’s simple logic to know that if punishment is reduced for certain crimes, those crimes will increase. One facet of crime does not usually rise while otters decline except where one type of crime has lower penalties but nearly the same result can be had by the criminal. An example is the lowering of violent crimes and a corresponding increase in day time burglaries when states pass a law to enhance sentences accomplished by use of a firearm.