It is pretty obvious, when looking at the crime stats, that liberal policies have failed. DC is practically a Democrat's paradise with bloated government and severe restrictions on freedoms and they rank dead last. I think a strong case can also be made that illegal immigration has caused a massive crime problem in several states.
No doubt many state's rankings are affected by a single large democrat controlled city where freedom is rare and crime is common.
The answer to lowering the crime rate even more is less government and more freedom across the board. Many of the safest states to live in are also the freest.
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