Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Philly is # 1!

The WaPo reports:

"Violent crime in the United States rose more than previously believed in 2006, continuing the most significant increase in more than a decade, according to an FBI report released yesterday.

. . . In June, the FBI's initial report showed that Philadelphia's 406 murders last year represented a 7.7 percent increase over 2005. Among the top 10 cities, Philadelphia reported the highest violent-crime rate last year, up 5.9 percent." [Inquirer]

It's nice to be number 1 in something, I guess.

The WaPo reports further that the DoJ during the Alberto Gonzales era was really taking the bull by the horns:

"[DoJ spokesperson Brian] Roehrkasse said the Justice Department has introduced or strengthened several anti-crime initiatives this year and is seeking $200 million to help support violent-crime task forces for fiscal 2008.

Gonzales unveiled an anti-crime package in June that would set new minimum sentences, establish stronger penalties for firearms violations. . ."

Yes, enforce the laws on the books already, don't take the guns off the streets, just fill up the prisons with another million Americans with those very effective minimum sentences. That'll work!


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