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Don’t Panic Over Homicide Rise In Many Big Cities, Washington Post Argues

The U.S. cut its national homicide rate from 9.8 per 100,000 in 1991 to 4.5 per 100,000 in 2014, which the Washington Post calls “a dramatic social accomplishment that saved not only tens of thousands of lives but probably billions of dollars, too.” There are troubling signs this achievement may be in peril. In the 50 largest U.S. cities in 2015, the number of homicides rose 17 percent, from 4,554 in 2014 to 5,321 in 2015, reflecting increases in homicides […]


Crime Rate Projected to Decrease Slightly from 2014

An updated analysis of crime data from the 30 largest U.S. cities shows overall crime in 2015 is projected to decrease by 5.5 percent from 2014, the Brennan Center for Justice said yesterday. Using statistics through Dec. 23, researchers reached the same conclusion as they did in the organization's November report entitled “Crime in 2015: A Preliminary Analysis”— that overall crime numbers remained about the same in 2015 as in 2014—but found slightly different percentages. As in the preliminary report, […]


BJS Issues State-By-State Victimization Estimates For The First Time

For decades, the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting program has issued reports on crimes reported to local police departments and the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) has reported on results of a survey of Americans that shows that many crimes are unreported. Last year, NCVS said that 54 percent of violent crimes were not reported to police. The nonreporting rate is higher with rape and sex crimes, about two-thirds of which are not reported. Until now, however, […]


The Criminal Justice Stories (& People) That Really Counted in 2015: You Choose

What were the most significant criminal justice stories and trends in the U.S. during 2015? Which person had the most significant impact? As the country heads into the 2016 presidential election campaign, criminal justice has carved out a prominent place in the national agenda for the first time in many election cycles. The news headlines have been dominated by the debate over American policing, and by terrorism at home and abroad. At the same time, lingering issues about prison overcrowding, […]


With Crime Up In New Orleans, City Needs More Police Officers

Three times this summer, armed robbers hit New Orleans restaurants or bars. For a city reliant on tourism, the idea that diners might get held up between the appetizer and entree was a big problem, says the Washington Post. The robberies highlighted an unsettling truth in the Big Easy: There are not enough cops. “It's open season on criminal opportunity,” said Peter Scharf, a Louisiana State University criminologist. The ranks of police in New Orleans have dwindled since Hurricane Katrina, […]