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Josh Crawford, Covid Becomes an Excuse for Crime. The focus on comparing 2019 and 2022 rates obscures how bad policy has worsened violence. | The Steve Gruber Show

Josh Crawford serves as the Director of Criminal Justice Initiatives at the Georgia Center for Opportunity, leading efforts in public safety and re-entry programs. In his work, he addresses the impact of bad policy on violence, cautioning against solely comparing crime rates between 2019 and 2022 as it may overlook the role of policy decisions in exacerbating the issue, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Crawford contends that the pandemic should not be used as a blanket excuse for rising crime rates, emphasizing the need to critically examine and address underlying policy issues contributing to the problem.

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