Strategies for Reducing Rising Crime in Georgia, Nationally

Strategies for Reducing Rising Crime in Georgia, Nationally

(Editor’s note: The is the first of a two-part series of excerpts from a recent speech to the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia at Jekyll Island.) As a former Senator, I have to say, Georgia is well-represented in the Senate by my good friends Johnny Isakson and David Perdue.  You’ve also got three fabulous U.S. Attorneys: Bobby Christine, BJay Pak, and Charlie Peeler.  They’re doing a terrific job. On behalf of President Donald Trump, I want to thank each of you for dedicating your lives to enforcing our laws and to keeping our communities safe. I was a federal prosecutor for 14 years, and there is nothing I am more proud of than that.  As a prosecutor, you have the honor of representing your state and community in court.  I will never forget the feeling of going before a judge and saying, “the United States is ready.”  I will never get over that feeling of knowing that I represented the greatest country in the history of the world.  I’m sure you feel the same way. And you can make a difference. And we’ve had a couple of rising crime years recently, before the start of this administration. From the early 1990s until 2014, the crime rate steadily came down across the country. But from 2014 to 2016, the trends reversed.  The violent crime rate went up by nearly seven percent.  Robberies went up.  Assaults went up nearly 10 percent.  Rape went up by nearly 11 percent.  Murder shot up by more than 20 percent! Here in the Peach State, violent crime went up nearly eight percent.  Aggravated assault went...