Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) is facing a severe backlash online after he shared a CNN article on the rise of “significant crime,” alongside the tweet, “We have a major under-incarceration problem in America. And it’s only getting worse.”
We have a major under-incarceration problem in America.
And it’s only getting worse. https://t.co/guYdE7aHdb
— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) April 6, 2021
The CNN article, titled “The US saw significant crime rise across major cities in 2020. And it’s not letting up,” explores the rise in crime rates last year.
“Major American cities saw a 33% increase in homicides last year as a pandemic swept across the country, millions of people joined protests against racial injustice and police brutality, and the economy collapsed under the weight of the pandemic — a crime surge that has continued into the first quarter of this year,” the report reads.
“Sixty-three of the 66 largest police jurisdictions saw increases in at least one category of violent crimes in 2020, which include