Sacramento Will Try Program That Pays ‘Shooters’

The city signs on to controversial gun-violence reduction program called Advance Peace, which critics say pays violent criminals not to shoot guns. Participants can receive $9,000 stipends during an 18-month period for reaching goals such as successfully completing substance abuse treatment or completing education.

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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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Federal Report: Gang Violence May Be on the Rise

Reports of gang-related violence increased during 2012, the most recent year for which national data is available, according to a brief released by the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). Researchers analyzed data from 3,100 local law enforcement agencies that participated in the annual National Gang Survey in 2012. There were 2,363 gang-related homicides reported, a 23 percent jump from 2011. Law enforcement agencies also reported a total of 30,700 local gangs, an increase of about 8 […]


Guns: The Leading Cause of Death in White Male Suicides and Black Male Homicides

It's a startling parallel: homicides account for about 89 percent of firearms-related deaths among black men ages 15 to 44, while suicides account for about 89 percent of firearms-related deaths among white men ages 35 to 64, according to a new study in the Annual Review of Public Health. Researchers at the University of California, Davis analyzed federal firearms mortality statistics from 2003 through 2012. They found that in 2006, homicide and suicide rates began going in different directions. “There […]


Can Homicide Be Predicted?

A new study aims to dispel some of the myths about what causes a youth to commit murder. The study, published in the journal Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice examined data from the longitudinal “Pathways to Desistance” study, which followed 1,354 youths charged with serious crimes. Of the sample of 1,354 youths, 18 had been charged with homicide. Researchers analyzed eight demographic characteristics and 35 risk factors associated with youth violence, to see whether any distinguished the homicide group. “Among […]


'Till Death Do Us Part'

More than 300 women were shot, stabbed, strangled, beaten, bludgeoned or burned to death over the past decade by men in South Carolina, dying at a rate of one every 12 days while the state does little to stem the carnage from domestic abuse. More than three times as many South Carolina women have died at the hands of current or former lovers than the number of Palmetto State soldiers killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars combined. It's a […]