Crime

California

Watch the latest Free Cities Center video

WATCH: Are Crime and Homelessness Shifting San Francisco Right?

Do recent election results show a rightward shift in San Francisco? Join Free Cities Center’s Steven Greenhut as he visits the City by the Bay and talks with two experts about what’s really going on in the City. They discuss whether things are really as bad as some media outlets ...
Blog

Will lawmakers hinder Prop. 47 reform?

Prop 47 – A Lethal Public Policy Cocktail

Not one of the ten bills pending in the state legislature even mentions dangerous drugs. The CDAA ballot initiative addresses the complexities of prosecuting serial and repeat thieves and refocuses on the root cause – increasing dangerous drug addiction and the systemic, pharmacological, and economically compulsive violence that contribute to ...
Blog

Will lawmakers take action to stop human trafficking in California?

The “Safer Streets for All Act” That Isn’t.

In 2022, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), sex worker groups, and Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) joined forces to pass Senate Bill 357, which effectively decriminalized loitering for the purposes of prostitution. Citing statistics from Los Angeles that showed over 50 percent of suspected prostitutes are black, the ACLU ...
Blog

Read the latest on the effects of Prop 47

Letter Carriers and Your Mail Became Theft Targets After Prop 47

There may be no more venerable American institution than the U.S. Postal Service.  Founded by the Continental Congress in 1775, Benjamin Franklin was appointed the first Postmaster General before there was even a United States. While e-mail and commercial package delivery has cut deeply into the Postal Services market share, ...
Blog

Read latest on out of control crime in Oakland

Fear and Loathing in Oakland – the Savage Journey of Pamela Price

Upon assuming office in January 2023, Price established the Public Accountability Unit and reopened cases involving police officers that her predecessor had investigated and declined prosecute – including the Mario Gonzalez case. The three Alameda PD officers (one now works for another agency) attempted to arrest Gonzalez, who had been ...
Blog

Read latest on corruption in local government

Corruption, crime, and cover-ups

The March 27 sentencing of Sam Bankman-Fried to 25 years in prison for his role in a multi-billion-dollar fraud scheme brings closure to years of high living off the backs of his investors in his online crypto trading platform FTX. Fraudsters like Bankman-Fried, Elizabeth Holmes of Theranos, Bernie Madoff, Jeff ...
Blog

Read latest on efforts to reform or repeal Prop. 47

Proposed Reforms Aim to Ensure Crime Doesn’t Pay on Retail Theft

California is in its tenth year of a noble but failed idea – Prop 47.   Despite the well-meaning and overwhelming number of voters who supported Prop 47 when it was passed in 2014 and who have twice resisted ballot initiatives to amend it, Prop 47 has not lived up ...
Blog

What do the California primary results mean?

Wake Us When It’s Over – A Few Takeaways from the California Primary

Legendary journalists Jules Witcover and the late Jack Germond, famous political columnists from an era past, wrote several terrific books chronicling presidential campaigns.  I was reminded of one of the titles of their books when thinking about this year’s California primary – wake us when it’s over! Despite hundreds of ...
Blog

Hamburger Politics

Making headlines around the country, California’s iconic In-N-Out recently announced closure of its Oakland California location due to high levels of crime in Oakland’s “crime triangle.” This marks the first ever closure of an In-N-Out location in the company’s 75-year history, which is being celebrated this year. But In-N-Out isn’t ...
Blog

When it Comes to Crime Statistics it’s Important to “Mind the Gap”

The Atlantic Monthly, using the work of crime statistician Jeff Asher, have been publishing articles recently putting forth the idea that 2023 homicide statistics indicate that the United States is experiencing the lowest crime rates in “50 years.” On January 19th, Rogé Karma boldly wrote in an article entitled “The ...
California

Watch the latest Free Cities Center video

WATCH: Are Crime and Homelessness Shifting San Francisco Right?

Do recent election results show a rightward shift in San Francisco? Join Free Cities Center’s Steven Greenhut as he visits the City by the Bay and talks with two experts about what’s really going on in the City. They discuss whether things are really as bad as some media outlets ...
Blog

Will lawmakers hinder Prop. 47 reform?

Prop 47 – A Lethal Public Policy Cocktail

Not one of the ten bills pending in the state legislature even mentions dangerous drugs. The CDAA ballot initiative addresses the complexities of prosecuting serial and repeat thieves and refocuses on the root cause – increasing dangerous drug addiction and the systemic, pharmacological, and economically compulsive violence that contribute to ...
Blog

Will lawmakers take action to stop human trafficking in California?

The “Safer Streets for All Act” That Isn’t.

In 2022, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), sex worker groups, and Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) joined forces to pass Senate Bill 357, which effectively decriminalized loitering for the purposes of prostitution. Citing statistics from Los Angeles that showed over 50 percent of suspected prostitutes are black, the ACLU ...
Blog

Read the latest on the effects of Prop 47

Letter Carriers and Your Mail Became Theft Targets After Prop 47

There may be no more venerable American institution than the U.S. Postal Service.  Founded by the Continental Congress in 1775, Benjamin Franklin was appointed the first Postmaster General before there was even a United States. While e-mail and commercial package delivery has cut deeply into the Postal Services market share, ...
Blog

Read latest on out of control crime in Oakland

Fear and Loathing in Oakland – the Savage Journey of Pamela Price

Upon assuming office in January 2023, Price established the Public Accountability Unit and reopened cases involving police officers that her predecessor had investigated and declined prosecute – including the Mario Gonzalez case. The three Alameda PD officers (one now works for another agency) attempted to arrest Gonzalez, who had been ...
Blog

Read latest on corruption in local government

Corruption, crime, and cover-ups

The March 27 sentencing of Sam Bankman-Fried to 25 years in prison for his role in a multi-billion-dollar fraud scheme brings closure to years of high living off the backs of his investors in his online crypto trading platform FTX. Fraudsters like Bankman-Fried, Elizabeth Holmes of Theranos, Bernie Madoff, Jeff ...
Blog

Read latest on efforts to reform or repeal Prop. 47

Proposed Reforms Aim to Ensure Crime Doesn’t Pay on Retail Theft

California is in its tenth year of a noble but failed idea – Prop 47.   Despite the well-meaning and overwhelming number of voters who supported Prop 47 when it was passed in 2014 and who have twice resisted ballot initiatives to amend it, Prop 47 has not lived up ...
Blog

What do the California primary results mean?

Wake Us When It’s Over – A Few Takeaways from the California Primary

Legendary journalists Jules Witcover and the late Jack Germond, famous political columnists from an era past, wrote several terrific books chronicling presidential campaigns.  I was reminded of one of the titles of their books when thinking about this year’s California primary – wake us when it’s over! Despite hundreds of ...
Blog

Hamburger Politics

Making headlines around the country, California’s iconic In-N-Out recently announced closure of its Oakland California location due to high levels of crime in Oakland’s “crime triangle.” This marks the first ever closure of an In-N-Out location in the company’s 75-year history, which is being celebrated this year. But In-N-Out isn’t ...
Blog

When it Comes to Crime Statistics it’s Important to “Mind the Gap”

The Atlantic Monthly, using the work of crime statistician Jeff Asher, have been publishing articles recently putting forth the idea that 2023 homicide statistics indicate that the United States is experiencing the lowest crime rates in “50 years.” On January 19th, Rogé Karma boldly wrote in an article entitled “The ...
Scroll to Top