Progressives have been calling for radical change to the way criminals are handled. However, rising crime rates are causing a backlash against such ridiculous policies — even in a place like San Francisco.
San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin was recalled Tuesday, The Hill reported. Boudin was voted in on a progressive agenda that has failed to make a dent in the city’s crime problem.
This recall is considered a referendum on such progressive policies around the nation that have chipped away at law enforcement protections. Boudin took office in 2020, promising reforms like stopping adult sentencing for minors, exchanging prison sentences for stints at rehab, and dispensing with cash bail programs.
Now voters have spoken and ousted the Boudin from his post. Mayor London Breed will be charged with finding a replacement and will likely choose a more moderate public servant.
Though crime rates have been steady in San Francisco, Boudin’s ouster is indicative of a shift in public opinion. Following the 2020 riots, progressives swept office in left-leaning cities on the promises of a kinder, gentler penal system.
However, those policies have fallen out of favor as reality catches up with the fantasy, including in San Francisco. The Golden City is still struggling with problems such as public drug use, burglaries, and out-of-control homelessness.
Boudin has tried to brush off his critics as “Trumpian,” citing businessman and recall advocate William Oberndorf’s conservative bent. “This is not a recall campaign interested in safety or in truth or in justice or in solutions, it’s interested in division, in fear and spreading hate and undermining policies … that make our communities safer,” Boudin reportedly said at a recent campaign rally.
The idea that easing up on criminal penalties will do anything positive in stopping street crime is absurd. Though progressives have often won on these types of ridiculous policies, reality eventually catches up with them — even in a place like San Francisco.