At the Inky, Will Bunch uses the recent shooting (gang fight?) in Sacramento as a starting point to consider whether self-proclaimed tough-on-crime prosecutors, who tend disproportionately to target minorities and the poor (remember New York City’s “broken windows” policy?), make a difference. After crunching the numbers, he argues that they do not, despite their preening posturing and pandering to the prejudiced.
Zoom out a little to focus on policy at state level and you’ll find that Republicans have failed so far to implement an agenda that results in safer streets. Indeed, a new report from the centrist think-tank Third Way found “the five states with the highest murder rates, all Trump-voting states, had rates at least 240% higher than New York’s murder rate and at least 150% higher than California’s.” Perhaps that’s not as surprising as it seems, since conservative states tend to have a more entrenched gun culture, and laws to support it.