Despite Perception, Crime Remains Steady, Violent Crime Near 30-Year Low
A report released by the Brennan Center of Justice at the NYU School of Law found that crime in America has remained relatively flat. The report is based on an analysis of 30 of the largest U.S. cities.
While overall crime is projected to rise just 1.3 percent in 2016, 12 cities are expected to see a drop in crime, while these drops are offset by increases on Chicago and Charlotte.
Violent crime, according to the report, is near a 30-year low in the U.S., although it is expected to see a 5.5 percent increase. Half of this increase is due to spikes in Chicago and Los Angeles alone.
The murder rate is expected to rise 13.1 percent, with, again, nearly half that increase attributable to Chicago alone, which is expected to jump from 234 murders to 496 murders. Notably, several other cities, including Washington, D.C., and Baltimore are expected to see declining murder rates.
To read the entire report, including theories about the spike of murders in some cities, visit https://www.brennancenter.org/press-release/new-analysis-overall-crime-rate-holds-steady-2016.