By C.S. Boddie
The Common Sense Institute (CSI), a think-tank local to Colorado, reported at the beginning of October 2022 that the state’s cities have some of the highest crime rates in the nation.
“Crime in Colorado in 2022: The Data on Colorado’s Increasing Crime Problem” was authored by George Brauchler, Mitch Morrissey, and Steven Byers, Ph.D.
“It is very difficult to comprehend Colorado, the Colorado I grew up in … hosting four cities in the top ten for all these crime rates,” said Brauchler at a related news conference, according to The Denver Gazette. Brauchler is the former district attorney for Colorado’s 18th Judicial District.
As a fourth-generation Coloradoan, I am also shocked by the findings and by how far our cities have fallen under Democrat governance.
The first paragraph of the first section of the report, “Introduction and Key Findings,” gives a reason for the rise in crime. “Advocates for criminal justice reform have made significant inroads in the past few years. Measures have been enacted to decriminalize a range of crimes, reduce the punishments for committing crimes, and pursue decarceration through various means. The results of these actions have had a serious and lasting impact on Colorado communities, resulting in increased crime and a decrease in public safety.” more