Posted on March 15, 2024

Blue Cities Go Red With Conservative Policies on Crime

Erica Pandey and Russell Contreras, Axios, March 12, 2024

From coast to coast, American cities known for their liberal policies are taking more aggressive, conservative approaches to fighting crime.


  • The changes expose intense pressure on Democrats to adopt tougher anti-crime laws and policies they once ridiculed — and reflect rising fears about violent crime among voters on both ends of the political spectrum.

State of play: San Francisco voters approved two ballot measures to expand police surveillance and impose drug screenings for those receiving welfare benefits.

  • In New York City, Gov. Kathy Hochul recently ordered hundreds of National Guard troops to address crime in the city’s subways.
  • Oregon is recriminalizing possession of drugs such as heroin, cocaine and fentanyl, three years after becoming the first state to decriminalize possession and personal use of all drugs.
  • D.C. just passed a sweeping new crime bill that raises the penalties for thefts and gun crimes.


{snip} This rightward shift comes after many liberal cities and states limited police powers and cut law enforcement budgets in the aftermath of George Floyd’s killing.