I’m sure many of my readers will have read or heard that Governor Jerry Brown of California boasted last week that crime in that state was way down. Well, it all depends what you call a crime, doesn’t it?
In his state of the state address yesterday, Governor Jerry Brown boasted that last year the number of reported felonies was actually lower than in 1970.
He must [have] forgotten that in 2014, Proposition 47, which he supported, converted all theft, fraud, and receiving stolen property felonies of less than $950 and most drug possession crimes to misdemeanors. That’s thousands [of] crimes per year that are no longer felonies. Of course reported felonies are down.
What he did not tell us is that, under his inmate release and rehabilitation policies violent crime in California has increased for three years in a row. This is the first time that has happened since 1992. This includes murder, robbery, rape and aggravated assault. Auto thefts have gone up for eight straight years. And the millions in promised savings of state prison costs by leaving criminals in the counties never happened. Since 2011, when the Governor signed AB 109, his first big sentencing reform, state prison costs have climbed by $1.7 billion, according to the Governor’s own budget office.
What’s worse, the just released preliminary numbers for big California cities over the first six months of 2017 show another increase in violent crime in 56% of the state’s 73 largest cities. This is very similar to increases reported for the first six months of 2016.
There’s more at the link.
I’m not blaming Governor Brown as a Democrat for this, of course. Republicans are more than willing to pull similar shenanigans, every chance they get. It’s the curse of politicians in general. Once they get into office, they lie, either deliberately, or by fudging the statistics (for example, the official rate of inflation, which is far below the real rate, as we’ve discussed in these pages on numerous occasions).
How do you know when a politician is lying? Whenever their lips are moving.