Jeff Sessions said he believed the recent increase in crime in America was a “dangerous permanent trend” that is putting Americans at grave risk just moments after he was sworn in as the new U.S. attorney general, but experts say there is “no evidence” to support this conjecture, reports Lois Beckett.
“Jeff Sessions is the first person who suggested this is a permanent trend,” a member of the DOJ’s Science Advisory Board and director of Temple University’s Center for Security and Crime Science told the Guardian. “I don’t think anyone from a data perspective would agree with it.”
President Trump and members of his administration seem only too willing to reinforce Trump’s inflammatory vision of “American carnage,” says Beckett, caused by terrorism and rising crime rates. But several leading experts say the data supports the opposite, pointing out that Sessions’s judgment is not consistent with anyone else in criminal justice right now.