Charles Fain Lehman, Manhattan Institute

Charles Fain Lehman

Manhattan Institute

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Recent articles by Charles:

Manhattan Institute Scholars React to 2022 Midterm Outcomes

Charles Fain Lehman reacts to the role public safety played in key races: "Though many results are still outstanding, the balance of last night's results suggest that voters' persistent fears about public safety—they routinely ranked it as a top concern in polls—played a significant role in... → Read More

Is Less Always More? The Unintended Consequences of New York State’s Parole Reform

On July 10, 2021, an unknown assailant barged into the boarding-house room where 47-year-old Heather Majors was sleeping and attacked her with a hatchet, slashing her more than 30 times. Rochester, New York, emergency responders were called to the scene, but Majors’s injuries proved too... → Read More

The Drug Crisis: Problems and Solutions for Local Policymakers

Between 2000 and 2021, the annual drug overdose (OD) death rate in the U.S. quadrupled, to roughly 107,000 deaths by the end of last year.[1] Drug overdose deaths now routinely exceed those from homicide, suicide, car crashes, and many medical causes.[2] By best estimates, the drug OD death rate... → Read More

MI Responds: Proposed Amendment to the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act

MI scholars comment on proposed amendment to the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act “American prosecutors are invested with great authority and responsibility. As with all elected officials, however, the public must not turn away from scrutinizing their performance and holding them... → Read More

The Broken Windows Election

San Francisco district attorney and George Soros darling Chesa Boudin went down in flames Tuesday evening, recalled by double-digits in ultra-liberal San Francisco, a far larger margin than the less than 2 percent of voters who carried him to victory three years ago. Tuesday’s outcome tracks months of polling showing San Franciscans’ opposition to Boudin, with […] → Read More

Fixing Drinking Problems: Evidence and Strategies for Alcohol Control as Crime Control

Every year, millions of crimes are committed by offenders under the influence of alcohol.[1] These offenses include typical alcohol-involved crimes like driving while intoxicated, but also public disorder, vandalism, theft, robbery, domestic violence, assault, rape, and murder. A remarkably... → Read More

Yes, the Media Bury the Race of Murderers—If They're Not White

Frank James, the man arrested for Tuesday's New York City subway shooting, is a black nationalist and outspoken racist who railed against whites, Jews, and Hispanics. A careful reader of the New York Times could be forgiven for overlooking that. In a nearly-2,000 word article on the attack, James's race is not mentioned. The same is true for the coverage offered up by ABC News and Reuters; the… → Read More

Crime-Fighting Lessons from Summer Youth Employment Programs

New York City’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) is the largest, and one of the most influential, such programs in the country. [1] Operating since 1963, it today employs some 75,000 New Yorkers aged 14–24, covering six weeks of $15-an-hour work for public, private, and nonprofit... → Read More

How to Hold Soros Prosecutors Accountable

Across the country, well-funded progressives are snapping up local public prosecutor jobs and using them to exercise dramatic power over the criminal justice system. A recent report offers a way to hold some of these little-attended candidates accountable: turn up the turnout in their races by aligning them with national elections. → Read More

Are Cops to Blame for the Crime Wave?

Examining the ‘legitimacy’ hypothesis. → Read More

Once We Were COVID Hawks

Review: 'The Premonition: A Pandemic Story'It is hard to remember, more than a year on, the peculiar and uneven way that COVID panic spread. In early 2020, there were two kinds of people: the doves, who insisted that the disease would fizzle out like swine flu and SARS before it, and the hawks,... → Read More

Once We Were COVID Hawks

It is hard to remember, more than a year on, the peculiar and uneven way that COVID panic spread. In early 2020, there were two kinds of people: the doves, who insisted that the disease would fizzle out like swine flu and SARS before it, and the hawks, who bought packs of N95 masks and shared snippets of information leaking out from Chinese twitter. → Read More

When Motive Matters—And When It Doesn't

Nearly a week after Robert Aaron Long opened fire at two Atlanta-area spas, killing eight people, including six Asian women, MSNBC's Jonathan Capehart offered a stirring sermon to his viewers on the attack, insisting it was yet another instance of "discrimination and violence" against Asian Americans. → Read More

Policing Without the Police? A Review of the Evidence

In the wake of the death of George Floyd and the summer of protests and riots that followed, police reform has once again caught the nation’s attention. But whereas past cycles of this debate have focused on changes to the police as an institution—antibias trainings, new use-of-force... → Read More

How 'Defund the Police' Killed Police Reform

In a little-remarked vote in early March, House Democrats passed—again—the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, their signature proposal to "reform" policing in the wake of last summer's widespread protests. → Read More

30 Years of Research Rebut Biden's Minimum-Wage Agenda

Democrats' plan to hike the minimum wage would cost American jobs, a new review of decades of studies finds. → Read More

Inside the 'Diversity Audit' Conducted at a Top U.S. Prep School

Teachers at one the nation's leading independent schools were pressed this past month to assess how their classes advanced students' commitments to social justice issues, including the "diversity of sexual identity." → Read More

Joe Biden Moves for Mass Amnesty in First Day as President

President Joe Biden on Wednesday sent legislation to Congress which would offer amnesty and a path to citizenship to the bulk of the 11 million illegal immigrants currently in the United States, teeing up a potentially momentous struggle with Congress. → Read More

How the Corporate Boycott of the GOP Could Backfire

A corporate attempt to punish irresponsible behavior could unintentionally induce more of it, as those left out in the cold turn to even more extreme supporters to prop them up. → Read More

Va. Gov. Plans Radical Changes to Criminal Justice System

Virginia governor Ralph Northam (D.) on Wednesday pushed his party to give voting rights to felons and make their state the first in the south to abolish the death penalty. → Read More