Worst jail break in US history – and Americans pay the price with skyrocketing crime rates

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In 2020, our nation’s state and federal prison populations plummeted 15% to the lowest levels since 1992 – at the same time, murders skyrocketed nearly 30% to the highest level since 1998. By the middle of last year, local jail populations similarly shrank by an astonishing 25%. 

In raw numbers, state and federal authorities reduced their prison populations by 214,000 in 2020 and local authorities reduced their jail populations by 185,000 compared to 2019. This is the worst jailbreak in American history and was committed in broad daylight. Our nation has paid the price.    

So-called “coronavirus protocols” caused most of these reductions. Last year, the federal government sent thousands of inmates home in response to the pandemic. Rikers Island in New York City released 1,500 criminals, and Chicago’s largest prison released a quarter of its inmates.

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Democrat-run states also released convicted murderers and an untold number of violent felons in the name of “public health.” In Virginia, an accused rapist murdered his accuser. In Florida, a documented gang member murdered a 28-year-old. In my home state of Arkansas, a career criminal murdered a police

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