Violent crime reports were down five percent last year. Because the population has shrunk since 1979, the violent crime rate has actually increased, from 849 violent crimes per 100,000 residents in 1979, to about 981 violent crimes per 100,000 residents in 2016.
Beachwood Place mall near Cleveland joins at least 100 other shopping centers that have placed restrictions on entry by teenagers on weekends. A December 26 melee at Beachwood Place reportedly involved hundreds of people.
The Obama Justice Department warned that local laws criminalizing homelessness could violate the Constitution’s protections against cruel and unusual punishment. Advocates for the homeless worry that the administration of Donald Trump could drop that view.
No single cause can be found for the city’s 57% increase in homicides. Police plan a new crackdown on criminals with guns and giving commanders in two troubled districts new powers to make quick, strategic anticrime decisions.
Crime increases reversed a trend of declines since the early 1990s. Still, last year’s murder total was far lower than the 1,094 recorded in 1992. Property crime also went up, driven by a rash of car-related thefts.
The national inmate total fell in 2015–the largest single year drop since the incarcerated population began declining in 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, which also reported the lowest rate of U.S. adults (1 in 37) under correctional supervision since the high-crime era of 1994.