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  NCJ Number: NCJ 174433   Add to Shopping cart   Find in a Library
  Title: Homicide Trends in the United States
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  Agency Summary: Agency Summary 
  Author(s): J A Fox ; M W Zawitz
  Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
  Date Published: 1998
  Page Count: 56
  Annotation: This publication contains a series of charts that describe homicide patterns and trends in the United States since 1976.
  Abstract: Homicide is of interest not only because of its severity but also because it is a fairly reliable barometer of all violent crime. The data indicate homicide rates have recently declined, although the rise in youth involvement in homicide as both victims and offenders has been dramatic. Males are most often the victims and the perpetrators in homicides, and blacks are disproportionately represented among homicide victims and offenders. The number of homicides involving children under 5 years of age has increased over the past two decades but has declined recently. The number of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty has declined since the early 1970s, few homicides involve multiple offenders and even fewer involve multiple victims, the mix of circumstances surrounding homicides has changed over the past two decades, and homicides are most often committed by guns. Southern regions of the United States have had historically higher homicide rates than other regions. Changes in homicide trends have been driven by changes in homicide rates in the largest U.S. cities, and the percentage of homicides cleared by arrest has been declining. Tables and figures
  Main Term(s): Violent crime statistics
  Index Term(s): Black/African Americans ; Weapons Violations/Offenses ; Male offenders ; Violent offenders ; Crime Rate ; Crime patterns ; Crime analysis ; Violent juvenile offenders ; Homicide trends ; Firearm-crime relationships ; Victims of violence ; United States of America
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  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
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