Until we have legislators and a demanding society with the guts to insist on criminal justice reform, crime will continue to increase at the expense of the law-abiding citizens.
Legislators do not vote for reform because crime spawns larger government, grows that big business base, and allows the politicians to grandstand their own self-righteousness.
They can show their indignation over crime, sympathize with the victims (voters), and promise to clean up crime to make the fearful public feel safer.
The government grows because more and more prisons, police and other personnel are required. Big business flourishes as they build and maintain these jails and prisons, manufacture security hardware, and supply the multitude behind bars with the necessities of life. Innumerable jobs are created. Crime manages to keep all the media busy, plus the courts, the lawyers, the record keepers, psychiatrists and psychologists, ad infinitum. Until legislators take a realistic stand to support criminal justice reform with logical and effective methods of reducing recidivism with less regard to their advantages as listed and more regard for the taxpayer, crime will continue to be pervasive.