In a 2020 article, the Heritage Foundation claims that "rogue prosecutors" (described in the article as prosecutors who are part of the "so-called progressive prosecutor movement") are partly responsible for increasing crime (my highlight):

There is nothing progressive about the rogue prosecutor movement. It is dangerous and fundamentally flawed for four reasons:

  • It usurps the constitutional role of the legislative branch;

  • It abuses and misunderstands the role of the county prosecutor;

  • Violent crime increases in cities where rogue prosecutors have been elected;

  • and Victims are forgotten and public safety overall suffers.

While less specific as to who they consider "rogue prosecutors", the Heritage Foundation reiterates the claim in a 2022 article (my highlight):

The very nature of criminal justice—to protect the innocent and increase public safety—is today undermined by a group of district attorneys (DAs) in America’s big, mostly Democratic-run cities.

These rogue prosecutors, and those who fund them, dress up their schemes with poll-tested feel-good language like “re-imagining prosecution,” and argue that “data and science” back their pro-criminal, anti-victim approach.

But that’s just nonsense when you see the actual results of their pro-criminal policies—urban disorder, mass shoplifting, open prostitution, and drug markets, and, in many cases, record numbers of shootings and murders.

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    I note the first claim might be noting a correlation, but I think the second claim is claiming causation, which is easier to debunk and harder to confirm.
    – Oddthinking
    Aug 14, 2023 at 14:28
  • This may be a tricky question to answer. This claim was the response I got when I asked someone (in real life!) about how crime could possibly be increasing like they said if the official stats showed it decreasing.
    – Laurel
    Aug 14, 2023 at 14:31
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    We'd have to start with an objective definition of "rogue" in order to avoid goalpost-moving and true-Scotsman issues. Aug 14, 2023 at 15:26
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    Any answer is complicated by the high subjectivity of crime reporting -- whether victims report crimes (since some communities don't) and whether local law enforcement counts them on a consistent basis. Bodies stack up, so it's harder to miscount murders, but rape and domestic violence often don't get reliably reported. Aug 14, 2023 at 17:27
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    We don't want to hear the OP's definition of the term. We want to hear the claimant's definition. In the first article they make it clear they are referring to the "progressive prosecutor movement", which appears to be a term of art - e.g. A Public Defender Definition of Progressive Prosecution.
    – Oddthinking
    Aug 15, 2023 at 3:31


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