A Florida GOP prosecutor’s hardline stance on crime has seen murder rates plunge in a year – while offenses continue to spiral in woke cities.
Melissa Nelson, a state attorney who prosecutes cases in-and-around Jacksonville, has been credited with a 30 per cent drop in murder rates, and 17 per cent drop in shootings. DailyMail.com has contacted Nelson’s office for further details on the data.
The prosecutor’s tactics have included seeking out felons filmed flaunting weapons illegally on social media videos, and hitting them with charges.
Nelson has also sought stiffer sentences for those convicted of gun crimes, and cracked down hard on gang members.
In addition, she has made it easier for prosecutors to obtain warrants, with that red-tape slashing credited with helping get dangerous repeat-offenders off the streets quickly.
And that has been met with warm approval from the National Police Association, who say the statistics show that Nelson’s policies are working.
Florida Prosecutor Melissa Nelson aggressive plan to crackdown on known violent criminals and seek stiffer penalties for the worst offenders, has significantly reduced crime in her city of Jacksonville, compared to Democratic led cities, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago
Spokeswoman Betsy Brantner Smith said: ‘When she decided last year that she was going to really be aggressive about gun crimes, she got mocked, and one of her detractors was going on and on about, this never works, putting people away and throwing away the key.
‘And now, look, since she’s been doing it, it’s been working.’
Brantner Smith added that Nelson’s focus on gun criminals has reaped dividends, because anyone bold enough to carry one will likely have committed previous crimes, but gotten away with them.
She explained: ‘Generally speaking, these are not legally held firearms.
‘When you’re dealing with people who are willing to use a firearm to commit a crime, you’re dealing with really serious offenders.’
Nelson’s crimefighting stands in marked contrast to Democrat-run cities including Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Portland.
In LA, woke DA George Gascon faces a recall after murders spiked by 53 per cent in two years, and shooting spiraled by 54 per cent over the same period.
He proposed limiting sentencing enhancements – which see judges banned from adding extra time to prison terms for crimes in addition to the most serious one they’ve been convicted of.
Over in LA, woke Democrat DA George Gascon’s soft-on-crime policies have been blamed for historic spikes in murders and shootings. Gascon is pictured above in December 2021
Gascon has now begun to row back on his policies as they’ve been blamed for emboldening criminals, and leading to brand new crimes such as terrifying ‘follow-home’ robberies, which have hit the cities wealthiest and most influential residents.
New York City’s new DA Alvin Bragg has faced similar fury, with New York state governor Kathy Hochul also hobbling woke bail reform laws blamed for a crime spike.
Portland has also been embarrassed with an all-time record murder rate in 2021, which it is already on course to beat in 2022.
A spokesman for the Fourth Circuit State Attorney’s Office, which Nelson heads, said: ‘In 2021, Jacksonville’s murders were down 30% and overall shootings down 17% from the year prior, according to [Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office] data for non-domestic shooting incidents.
‘Given last year’s downturn, our numbers to date aren’t far off the mark and thankfully have not spiked like other cities.
Chicago has experienced a slight decrease in the amount of homicides this year compared to last, despite other crimes are on the rise
A Republican Florida prosecutor’s aggressive plan to crackdown on known violent criminals and seek stiffer penalties for the worst offenders, has significantly reduced crime in her city of Jacksonville, compared to her Democratic led cities.
The figures are staggering in a city that has been dubbed the ‘gun-murder capitol.’
‘In 2021, Jacksonville’s murders were down 30% and overall shootings down 17% from the year prior, according to [Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office] data for non-domestic shooting incidents,’ David Chapman, a spokesperson for the Fourth Circuit State Attorney’s Office, told Fox News Digital. ‘Given last year’s downturn, our numbers to date aren’t far off the mark and thankfully have not spiked like other cities.’
The areas that show the biggest decline include Clay, Nassau and Duval counties in the city of Jacksonville led by Florida Attorney Melissa Nelson.
Nelson’s innovative approach has proved fruitful compared to other big cities, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, run by Democrat district attorney’s, who follow progressive criminal reforms and as a result are seeing skyrocketing crime rates.
An advocate for ‘Crime Gun Intelligence,’ that include catching shooters before they commit more crimes, additional strategies in her pursuit to reduce crime include: pursue firearm charges in connection with guns presented in music videos, seek known violent criminals, especially gang members and investigate those wrongfully convicted and get innocent people out of prison.
So far, this year has shown a continued drop in homicides, despite shootings, which have remained the same as last year’s at the start of the month, a report said.
Nelson told Fox News Digital that presently they remain ‘on par’ with last year’s numbers and added that improving public safety and fighting violent crimes remains a priority.
‘After experiencing a substantial downturn in violent gun crime in 2021, we continue to work together to combat violent crime and hope this trend continues,’ Nelson said.