The White House declined to join in criticism of prosecutors some are blaming for the recent crime wave.
Top White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki reiterated that the Biden administration is sending money to police departments across the country to hire more officers but stopped short of calling for increased action among prosecutors.
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"I'm not going to attribute the reasoning [for recent crime] from here," Psaki said. "What I'll tell you is we have seen an increase in crime over the course of the pandemic. There are a range of reasons for that, and our focus is on what we can do to address it."
What the White House can do, she continued, is to provide funding for police departments.
But in some cases, repeat offenders are released back into the streets soon after committing crimes.
A phenomenon of smash-and-grab looting sprees has been on the rise in recent months, with flash mob-style robberies striking retail stores across the nation. In one incident, $2 million in watches was stolen from a luxury car dealership in Chicago.
Joe Perillo, who owns the dealership, said that city officials need to take action to stop rampant crime or businesses will begin to flee the city.
"The mayor and Kim Foxx have to take a firm stand. It is wrong for someone to break into a place — if they get caught, they get let out!" he said, according to the Daily Mail. "If they get arrested, they get let go. So, how do you intend to ever solve that problem?"
Calls are coming from across the country for prosecutors to be more aggressive in enforcing the law, which Psaki was pressed about on Monday.
"What good does it do if we’re going to give police departments extra money if they arrest bad guys, they bring them to jail, and then they’re not prosecuted, they’re just right back out on the streets?" asked Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy.
Psaki responded that the White House is focused on equipping local leaders with assistance and funding and that the president is concerned about the issue.
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"For specific cases, I'd point you to the local police departments or the Department of Justice," she said.