Saturday, February 14, 2015

FBI Report: Crime Continues to Fall

Violent crime decreased by 4.6 percent, and property crime fell by 7.5 percent during the first six months of 2014, compared with the same six-month period in 2013, according to statistics released by the FBI in late January. Pew’s public safety performance project reported last year that the majority of states cut their imprisonment and crime rates simultaneously over a five-year period, and these latest findings from the FBI provide further evidence that states can reduce incarceration rates without compromising public safety.

In Pew’s analysis, the 10 states with the largest decreases in imprisonment rates between 2008 and 2013—the last year for which nationwide data are available—cut their crime rates more than the 10 states with the largest increases in imprisonment rates.


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