Commonwealth Policy Center

Louisville has been troubled by unrest this summer and the latest crisis is a spike in carjackings. Carjacking is a federal crime punishable by a $250,000 fine and imprisonment of up to 15 years but that hasn’t deterred several random carjackings in Kentucky’s biggest city. Now the FBI is working with local police to put an end to it. U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman warned potential carjackers. He said “Put Louisville families at risk through carjacking, then be prepared to go to federal prison. We will respond to this increasing threat to neighborhoods across our city and pledge closer collaboration with our state & local partners to reverse the disturbing trend.” Coleman’s words boost public confidence and are the first step to restoring order and safety in a community that desperately needs it.