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Colorado Report on Crime Spike Stirs Political Debate

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A new report on crime in Colorado for the first half of 2022 shows crime has increased in seven major categories, including robbery, arson and vehicle theft along with buying stolen property, vandalism, prostitution and drug possession and sales, reports Austen Erblat for CBS News.  But according to FBI crime data, Colorado’s violent crime rate is 4.2 per 1,000 people, whereas the national average is 4.0.

Leanne Wheeler, board chair of the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition, says that the publicity around the numbers is due to the election season as people politicize public safety in order to increase budgets for mass incarceration. The property crime rate in Colorado is 28.3, while the national average is 19.6. However, murder, rape, other sexual assault, and assault all went down. Wheeler argues that the numbers have more to do with Colorado’s ranking as among the lowest in the country for mental health care and access to care, rather than entrenched criminality.

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