Washington DC Council Overrides Mayoral Veto & Reduces Sentences for Car Theft, Robberies, & Gun Crimes 

On January 17, 2023, the Washington D,C, City Council overrode Democratic Muriel Bowsers’ veto of an update to the city’s criminal code which relaxes sentences, carjackings, gun-related felonies, and robberies.  

The city council, made up entirely of Democrats, voted 12-1 against Bowser. A report by the Washington Free Beacon noted that described this reform as “a complete overhaul of our criminal code” that would make DC less safe for its residents. The update code reduced several sentences for gun crimes to less than five years. Councilmember Trayon White was the sole member who upheld the mayor’s vote.

Crime has been rising in DC in the last few years. In 2021, DC’s murder rate hit its highest point in over 18 years, with 226 killings on record. 

In a letter that she published on January 4, Bowser announced her veto. She called attention to how convicted violent felons who commit other crimes with guns face a maximum sentence of only 4 years, as opposed to the 15 year-sentence they previously faced. On top of that, armed robbers no longer receive sentence enhancements for felony gun possession. The mayor also called on council members to stiffen penalties that had been relaxed for individuals committing burglaries and carjackings.

The criminal code updates will then be sent to Congress for examination. Should Congress approve the plan in the next 60 days, it will arrive on President Joe Biden’s desk to receive his signature. 

October 2025 would be the earliest period that the code could go into effect.  DC is a progressive bastion so it makes sense it would implement a soft-on-crime criminal justice policy. Such jurisdictions have been engulfed with woke mindsets, thereby making them receptive to some of the looniest policy ideas imaginable. 

Measures such as ones that let criminals go off easily are just one of many insane policies that are being promoted by elites in these jurisdictions. Taking a hard line against crime is of the essence for the Right if it wants to restore order in America and save its once prestigious cities. 

 

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