Columbus Nears Homicide Record; Clearances Down

After three people were fatally shot in Columbus over the weekend in separate incidents, bringing the city closer to a record-breaking number of homicides, Police Chief Kim Jacobs issued a call for action and a call for peace. Within an hour of her statement, a man was shot and killed, bringing this year’s total to 130.

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The Rise of White Homicide: What Analysts Have Missed

White homicide victims increased by 22 percent between 2014-2016—not too far off the 29 percent increase in black victims. One possible reason: the opioid epidemic. New evidence reveals a spike in drug-related violence reminiscent of the crack cocaine era, says a leading criminologist.

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U.S. Crime Rate is Stable, Victimization Survey Says

The national crime rate last year remained about the same as the 2015 total, the U.S. Justice Department’s National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) reported Thursday. Residents aged 12 or older experienced 5.7 million violent victimizations, a rate of 21.1 per 1,000 persons in 2016.

Wide Disparities in CA Crime Trends After Justice Reform

Between 2010 and 2016, crime in Los Angeles County — including property and violent crime — rose by 5 percent even as overall crime in the rest of the state fell by the same rate. A series of state-wide criminal justice reform policies didn’t seem to have much of an impact, said criminologist Charis Kubrin, adding, “The action, if you will, is at the local level.”