The Bureau of Justice Statistics said the year-to-year increase in people reporting violent crimes last year was not “statistically significant.” But within the violent crime category, the number of Americans reporting they were victims of robberies and crimes involving firearms increased in 2017.
A new law that takes effect July 1 mandates reporting and consolidation of data from multiple agencies, including prisons, law enforcement agencies and courts. Lawmakers call it the gold standard in justice data reporting. The information will be available to the public on a government website.
In his inaugural address in January, President Trump vowed that “American carnage stops right here and stops right now.” But gun deaths and firearms injuries have increased so far in 2017, according to tallies by the nonprofit Gun Violence Archive.
The findings confirm a trend reported in a National Institute of Justice study. “The homicide increase in the nation’s large cities was real and nearly unprecedented,” wrote criminologist Richard Rosenfeld of the University of Missouri-St. Louis who looked at homicide data in 56 large cities.
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 […]