There were 24% more homicides during the first half of 2023 than the first half of 2019. Across the nation crimes against persons and property occur almost daily, among them gang smash and grab attacks on retailers, car vandalism in urban and suburban areas, and shoplifting. Retail chains, like Walmart and Target, have closed outlets in certain areas when victimized by incessant thievery, causing them to lose money and be exposed to huge liability risks. Rates of recidivism in the U.S. are the highest in the world. Some 76% of felons are re-arrested within five years of their release from prison. The FBI annual crime report reveals an increase of 20% in the number of rapes committed annually since 2014.
In Fairfax County alone, crimes against persons increased by 10.5% from 2021 to 2022 and crimes against property increased by 19.1% during that same period. The 2022 Crimes in Virginia Report reveals a 4.9% increase in violent crimes statewide.
The anti-prosecution and anti-incarceration agendas of Soros-backed prosecutors along with the defund the police and cash bail elimination movements have substantially increased the crime burden carried by the public, causing repeat offenders to remain on the streets.
The efforts at destroying the criminal justice system are emboldening criminals, including career offenders, leading them to engage in crimes of greater magnitude and injury, turning virtually every American city into a place of unremitting victimization, murder, rape, assault, and theft.
Soros backed political action committees, including those oxymoronically entitled “Justice and Public Safety” PACs, have financed the campaigns of anti-incarceration and anti-prosecution candidates in urban areas across the United States, winning in races in virtually every major urban area, among them Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Fairfax County, Loudoun County, Los Angeles, Manhattan, Orlando, Philadelphia, Portland, Orlando, San Francisco, and St. Louis. The Soros money has caused anti-incarceration and anti-prosecution candidates to receive enormous financial support vastly superior to their opponents, sometimes in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Legislative solutions are sorely needed to stop these abuses that are destroying the criminal justice system and keeping offenders on the streets.
Pre-election agreements of candidates not to prosecute and not to incarcerate are criminal in nature because they flout the oaths and essential legal responsibilities of the offices they seek. The federal Hobbs Act should be amended to require federal prosecution of candidates who engage in this kind of quid-pro-quo. Under the Hobbs Act, when a public official trades official action for money a felony is committed. President Biden is being investigated for Hobbs Act violations. That law needs to be amended to reach those who seek state office and agree to a bribe (receipt of money or thing of value) in exchange for their willingness to avoid executing oaths of office or fulfilling the duties of that office.
In addition to amending the Hobbs Act, the federal Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act needs to be amended to permit prosecution of interstate enterprises, like the Soros-backed Open Society and Justice and Public Safety PACs, in instances where they conspire to consummate anti-prosecution and anti-incarceration agreements with candidates as a condition precedent to the provision of campaign donations, thus inducing violations of their oaths of office and legal duties.
Moreover, state law needs to be changed to require DAs and Commonwealth’s Attorneys before they proceed with charging, prosecuting, or dismissing charges to report all facts and circumstances of alleged crimes to state Attorneys General and Sheriffs offices along with DA and Commonwealth’s Attorney’s recommended actions. The law ought to then allow the Attorney General or the Sheriff to accept or reject the DAs and Commonwealth’s Attorneys recommended action and proceed independently of the DA or Commonwealth’s Attorney in charging and prosecuting alleged offenders.
Finally, every state should adopt fulsome new impeachment provisions that will allow for the state impeachment of those elected to the position of DA or Commonwealth’s Attorney if they engage in a pattern of failing to charge and prosecute those who commit crimes against persons and property.
These are among actions sorely needed to prevent Soros-backed DAs and prosecutors from continuing to victimize the public by failing to prosecute and lock up criminals and by according criminals leniency even in the most heinous of circumstances.