Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s policies have helped push crime in Florida to a 50-year low. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement recently released numbers for 2021, the most recent available.
Overall, the number of crimes was down 8.3% compared to 2020, and the crime rate dropped 9.5%.
Within that subset, murders fell 14.2%, robberies dropped by 17.5%, aggravated assaults dipped by 1.6%, and burglaries declined by 15.1%.
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Governor DeSantis’ commitment to law enforcement and protecting Floridians is paying off.
Last month, the Republican governor unveiled a legislative package to not only improve the lowest crime rate in a half-century but also distinguish Florida from crime-friendly blue states.
That proposal includes: the abolition of cash bail, a boost in penalties for drug-related crimes, more aggressive action against human smuggling, tougher punishment for child rapists, no early release for sex criminals, an effort to make the death penalty “more feasible,” and a pledge to rein in soft-on-crime judges and prosecutors.
DeSantis’ office also pointed to a bill he signed last year to recruit law enforcement officers from other states with a $5,000 moving bonus.
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“Other states endanger their citizens by making it easier to put criminals back on the street. Here in Florida, we will continue to support and enact policies to protect our communities and keep Floridians safe,” DeSantis said in a statement.
“Florida will remain the law and order state,” DeSantis said.
Last year, New York reported the most felonies its seen in more than 15 years and that violent criminals roam free because they are either not given bail or because of “bail reform.”
“Under Governor DeSantis’ leadership and amid Florida’s 50-year low in crime, Americans are coming to Florida in droves,” his office said in a statement. “For the first time since 1957, Florida was the fastest-growing state in the U.S. in 2022.”
By contrast, New York saw the steepest population decline in the last year.
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