Man, some people never learn! [Title courtesy of James Taranto]
Despite steeply declining violent crime rates, the percentage of Massachusetts residents behind bars has tripled since the early 1980s, as the Commonwealth has clung to tough-on-crime laws that many other states have abandoned as ineffective, according to a study being released this week.
How on earth can they say the laws are ineffective when they also describe the crime rates as declining steeply? Isn’t that what the laws are intended to accomplish?
Rewrite: “Because ‘the Commonwealth has clung to tough-on-crime laws that many other states have abandoned as ineffective,’ violent crime rates in Massachusetts have declined steeply.”
Isn’t that a better explanation of the facts? How ass-backward is your thinking to miss it?