Why Don’t Crime Statistics Add Up?

The Columbus Dispatch finds three different agencies with murder statistics for the city ranging from 91 to 106 last year.  “I would hope I never go under the knife with a surgeon who is as accurate as your murder numbers,” said Thomas Hargrove of the Murder Accountability Project.

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Six Decades of Felonies in America

A new quantitative study of felony populations between 1948 and 2010, issued by the Population Association of America, represents the first attempt to offer a comprehensive view of states-level criminal punishment in the United States, across both demographic and geographic lines.

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Medicaid Expansion Tied to Reduction in Crime

States which exercised the option under Obamacare to expand Medicaid eligibility experienced a 3% decrease in the annual rate of reported crimes compared to non-expansive states, according to a University of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign paper. The decline saved taxpayers an estimated $400 million annually.

FBI Reports Violent Crime Surge, But What Does It Mean?

The FBI says overall reports of violent crime increased by 8.6 percent in 2016, and homicides were up 4.1 percent. One analyst called the increases “ominous,” following similar upticks in 2015. Others point out that crime in the U.S. is still at modern historical lows. “What’s going on?” asked another expert. “No one really knows.”