Sunday, November 22, 2015

The media hyped up a nationwide crime wave. A new report proves it's bunk.

Over the past few months, media outlets have warned about a supposed nationwide crime wave. The New York Times published a front-page story that claimed "murder rates [are] rising sharply in many US cities." CNN, USA Today, and NPR ran similar stories.

A new report from the Brennan Center for Justice pushes back against these claims. Some cities are expected to see a dramatic increase in 2015 compared with 2014 — Baltimore's murder count is projected to go up by 51.7 percent this year. But many cities have seen decreases — Boston, for one, is expected to have a 32.1 percent drop in murders. And the increases in murders don't necessarily translate to overall rises in crime — New York City, for one, can expect a 7.2 percent uptick in murders this year but a 1.6 percent drop in overall crime rates. So the picture is much more mixed than claims of a nationwide trend suggest.


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