The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s latest Uniform Crime Report found that the overall crime rate fell for the 15th year in a row in 2016. It also found the national murder rate increased, due in part to upticks in cities like Chicago.
This analysis from the Brennan Center estimates that the overall crime rate and the violent crime rate will be at their second-lowest levels since 1990. These findings directly undercut any claim of a national crime wave.
Chicago accounted for more than 55 percent of the murder increase last year, according to a new analysis of crime data. The overall national crime rate remained stable. Americans are safer today than at almost any time in the past 25 years.
The move reverses an Obama-era order that aimed to reduce over-charging, and reinstates more aggressive practices of the past that put people behind bars unnecessarily, wasted government resources, and had little public safety benefit.