DOJ Official Didn’t Suggest Crime Was Falling

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A U.S. Justice Department official did not suggest on Monday that U.S. crime rates are falling, DOJ says. Based on prepared remarks to a Public Safety Partnership Symposium in Memphis, The Crime Report reported Tuesday that Jon Adler, director of DOJ’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, told the session that the U.S. had “turned the corner” on crime. The prepared remarks were posted on the DOJ website a day before the department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics released a report indicating that violent crime in the nation was rising, based on interviews with Americans on whether they had been victimized.

After the victimization survey was issued, the Justice Department said that Adler did not actually utter the remarks in Memphis that were attributed to him on the DOJ website.

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