Governor Falsely Claims Crime is Down in California

California has seen a rise in crime, but the governor who faces a recall election in September has seemed to deny the facts. Reports said the number of homicides in California rose 27 percent in 2020 from the year prior, joining a rise in shoplifting, car thefts and burglaries.

Critics have blamed Prop 47, which in 2014 reclassified some crimes like shoplifting to misdemeanors instead of felonies, resulting in lower penalties. However, Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.) claimed there’s actually a decline in crime in the state.

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