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Crime and Police / Government Watch / Politics

Crime Surges as Democrats Push Return of Criminals to Streets

AMAC Exclusive – By Katie Sullivan


While most Democrats have now nominally abandoned their prior support for the “Defund the Police” movement as a crime wave sweeps the nation, they nonetheless continue to support other radical aspects of the left-wing agenda to dismantle the criminal justice system. Of the many Democrat policies wreaking havoc on American communities, getting rid of cash bail has been perhaps the most destructive. But with voters demanding change to address the violence in their neighborhoods, Democrats who paved the way for the release of criminals back onto the street under the banner of so-called “bail reform” may once again find themselves at odds with voters this fall.

In wake of riots that gripped the country in the summer of 2020, left-wing politicians and activists began demanding that states and localities dramatically weaken or do away entirely with their bail laws – the system that allows most suspects arrested for a criminal offense to be freed pending trial in exchange for the defendant putting up cash collateral or a bail bond. If the defendant shows up for all the court dates, the cash is returned. If the defendant fails to appear, the cash is forfeited to the court.

The practical result of Democrat efforts to lower or eliminate cash bail requirements has been that in many jurisdictions, criminal suspects are now released soon after they are arrested and sent back into the community with little or no financial incentive to show up in court as well as little or no financial disincentive to commit more crimes.

In many jurisdictions where elected leaders have so far refused to change their laws, groups like the Minnesota Freedom Fund – which enjoys the support of Vice President Kamala Harris – began posting bail for those held pre-trial regardless of the crimes they committed.

The result of weakening and doing away with the defendant’s obligation to post cash bail has been an unsurprising spike in both overall crime rates and crimes committed by repeat offenders. In New York, for example, which ended cash bail for most offenses in 2019, there has been a 36% increase in crime over the past two years, following a 76% reduction in crime from 1997-2020. Under the 2019 law, arson, robbery, burglary, and, ironically, bail jumping were among the crimes deemed “nonviolent” and required the immediate release of those charged with these crimes.

In one of the most high-profile consequences of this policy, earlier this year New York Republican gubernatorial nominee Lee Zeldin was attacked on stage at a rally while speaking in Perinton, New York. Just hours later, Zeldin’s attacker was released without bail. Dozens of other criminals in New York have also been allowed to continue terrorizing law-abiding citizens. Incredibly, many of them even openly cite the state’s lax bail laws as a motivation for continuing their crime sprees.

New York state is unique in that, according to the law, judges cannot consider public safety when issuing rulings on bail and must release any offender “on the least restrictive alternative and condition or conditions that will reasonably assure the principal’s return to court”. In Nassau County, New York, this policy meant that 87.5% of all those arrested in a 3-month period between April and June 2022 – almost 3,000 criminals – were back on the street shortly after their arrest, many with multiple felony charges.

There are growing signs, however, that Democrats’ embrace of this radical “reform” agenda is beginning to crack their support even in deep blue states like New York. According to a poll released by the Trafalgar Group earlier this month, Republican Attorney General nominee Michael Henry – who has pledged to reverse course on bond “reform” – is leading far-left incumbent Democrat Letitia James 44%-43%. If Henry manages to pull off this stunning upset, it will no doubt be in large part to New Yorkers’ disdain for left-wing criminal justice policies.

In California – no bastion of conservatism – voters already rejected a bill effectively abolishing cash bail which passed in 2018. In the vote on California Proposition 25 in 2020, 56% of voters chose to repeal Senate Bill 10, thus keeping in place the use of cash bail for detained suspects. However, Democrats in the state legislature are openly defying the will of the people, and have introduced another “zero bail” bill that would effectively reverse the outcome of a statewide vote against the policy.

According to the District Attorney in Yolo County, California, while the state-imposed zero bail policy was in place, there were 595 people released who otherwise would have been held on bail. Of those 595 people, 420 were arrested again, 123 of them for violent crimes ranging from murder to kidnapping, armed robbery, and domestic violence. In cities such as Los Angeles, where radical prosecutors like George Gascon not only refuse to hold most criminals on bail, but also refuse to prosecute them, individuals who should be behind bars have gone on to murder police officers, rape teenage girls, and rob stores.

Just up the coast in San Francisco, voter backlash to similar policies has already ousted far-left prosecutor Chesa Boudin. Though Gascon survived his own recall attempt, others are sure to follow, and voters are similarly pursuing recalls against dozens of other left-wing prosecutors throughout the country.

According to a recent ABC News/Washington Post poll, 69% of Americans rate crime as “highly important” to them in making their midterm decision. Of that percentage, Republicans have a 14-point advantage in voter trust. While their support for the “Defund the Police” movement dragged down Democrats in 2020, their embrace of releasing criminal suspects without requiring bail may prove even more costly this time around.

Katharine “Katie” Sullivan was as an Acting Assistant Attorney General and a senior advisor to the White House Domestic Policy Council under President Trump. She previously served 11 years as a state trial court judge in Colorado.

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Cubie Maddox
1 month ago

When Trump is Arrested for his Crimes, then I’ll beveived in Justice For ALL…

Mario Capparuccini
2 months ago

Democratic rule=failure. If people are stupid enough to vote for Democrats then they deserve what they get. Forrest Gump was right. Stupid is as stupid does.

2 months ago

Still hard to believe, but the Soros-backed Philadelphia prosecutor this morning brushed off the horrendous murder rate in Philly, arroagantly declaring that “the biggest increases in crimes are in the MAGA states; Republicans are just habitual liars.” I kid you not.

Harry Loped
2 months ago

Gee Whizz Walley we going to need a National????️Police ????️Force????️

2 months ago

Instead of fixing the real problem caused by overcharged bail, instead allowing judges to decide whether the individual person being accused is a public safety based on the single offense being charged at that moment despite the fact that they are repeating the same offense over and over, like cries for help to stop me ( for the liberal minds). Nothing is being done to address the prison settings abuse which only creates more criminality. There are no real mental health facilities to supervise and guide anyone with issues with leading normal lives, plus normalcy is fluid in today’s interpretations. Those who commit crimes today are given better rights than those who are victimized as if the victim caused the crime to occur by being present.

2 months ago

Liberal insanity……when are people going to wake up?

2 months ago

All I know is I will NEVER vote for another democrat as long as I live.

2 months ago

Democrats plan to destabilize this country with out of control crime and then implement a national police force controlled from Washington

Henry D
2 months ago

I am frankly surprised that the LAWYERS are not objecting to this lawlessness, won’t this put them and their high priced fees out of business???

2 months ago
Reply to  Henry D

Q: What do you call a bunch of lawyers at the bottom of the lake?

A: A start ????


2 months ago

One aspect I’ve yet to see in these reports of a laughable “justice system” is that it’s deliberate. Combine the attack on our law enforcement with the non-existent “justice” system, deliberate and with malice weakening of the criminal justice system and the end result is a total deletion of our police and the introduction of a literal gestapo. It happened in Waco with the ATF (see jack booted thugs) military, law enforcement, etc. at the behest of comrade Wm. Jefferson Clinton. If you look at nations under dictatorial regimes, the enforcement is anything but citizen friendly. It happened in Germany, China, North Korea, Venezuela…and all through history.
By and large our present police answered a calling. I’ve seen on news, cops running to burning cars to rescue the driver, risk their own lives to stop car thieves, run to the line of fire….what we’re no doubt going to see in this country is more and more aggressive thugs disguised as “law” who will, without caring about any situation, beat down all involved in any perceived situation.

2 months ago
Reply to  Denise

History shows mankind that tyranny and madness begin with societal breakdown, false narratives made to sound somewhat plausible, familial breakdown, lawlessness, and chaos purposefully orchestrated by power grabbing Marxists who tout illogical and often outlandish absurdities while being pre-occupied with destroying any truth tellers who interrupt them. That is what the Dems are up to today…..Vote them out or shake hands with the devil.

2 months ago

Sadly, this chaos promoted by dimwitcrats will take a long time and a huge effort to reverse. Meanwhile, innocent American citizens will be injured, maimed, and/or murdered… YET, the left don’t care… THE IDIOTS WHO VOTED FOR THIS CHAOS SHOULD BE HELD TO ANSWER AND HELD MONETARILY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DAMAGE!

anna hubert
2 months ago

As long as brain dead are allowed to vote and Spartacus does not organize plantation not much will change

2 months ago


2 months ago
Reply to  jocko

The most frequent victims of violent crime are the poor who live in monolilthic liberal-controlled enclaves and have no way to escape the “Democrat Plantation”.

2 months ago

I guess they have the cheat in for the mid term elections because no one in their right mind would vote for a democrat.

2 months ago

No real news here. The Democrats supported policies that weaken law enforcement and coddled criminals. So naturally crime rates spiked in any area where Democrats are in charge. Now the Democrats want the voters to ignore the problems that the Democrats themselves created and pretend some unexplainable situation led to this situation. The Democrat solution is of course throw more money at the problem and steer all the money to various Democrat favored causes, which will do NOTHING to address the probem that the Democrats themselves created for political gain. Just another day in the world of Democrat politics.

2 months ago

I just wish these criminals would search out the friends and families of those who support this. Perhaps it would help them understand why so many of us are against this situation.

Patriot Will
2 months ago

The ignorant people who support little to no prison for violent criminals and no cash bail laws for brutal criminals, are living in a dangerous fantasy land of neglect and weakness. These disgustingly irresponsible misanthropes are sacrificing honest and decent humans at the altar of deception and chaos. These so-called bleeding hearts have actually been brainwashed to care more for those who are bad than those who are good. They, often unknowingly, are accomplices to needless pain and suffering.

2 months ago
Reply to  Patriot Will

remember evil comes in many forms.

2 months ago

Putting criminals back on the streets, and now committing more crimes. Hmmm, who would have thought?

J. Farley
2 months ago

The Criminals the left are putting back on the streets, are the lefts New Army, and when the time is right, they will be instructed to open up a reign of tear in Americas streets and no one will be safe, you will be imprisoned in your own home, but you won’t even be safe there, this all has an end game.
Arm yourself, and stockpile all the Ammunition you can afford, if we can’t stop this in D.C., we will have to stop them at our front doors.
Vote Republican like your life depends on it Because it does.

2 months ago

I hope each and every Democrat that voted for or supported this plague receives their just reward.

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