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NCJ Number: 249895 Find in a Library
Title: Documenting and Explaining the 2015 Homicide Rise - Research Directions White Paper
Author(s): Richard Rosenfeld
Corporate Author: CSR Incorporated
United States of America
Date Published: June 2016
Page Count: 31
Sponsoring Agency: CSR Incorporated
Arlington, VA 22201
National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
Contract Number: 2010F_10097
Document: PDF
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper documents the scale of the 2015 homicide increase for a sample of 56 large U.S. cities.
Abstract: The debate over the size, scope and causes of the homicide increase in 2015 has been largely free of systematic evidence. This paper documents the scale of the homicide increase for a sample of 56 large U.S. cities; examines three plausible explanations of the homicide rise (an expansion of urban drug markets fueled by the heroin epidemic, reductions in incarceration resulting in a growing number of released prisoners in the nation’s cities, and a “Ferguson effect” resulting from widely publicized incidents of police use of deadly force against minority citizens); and concludes with a call for the more frequent and timely release of crime information to address crime problems as they arise.
Main Term(s): Homicide
Index Term(s): Crime Statistics; Firearm Homicide; Homicide causes; Homicide trends; Murder; National Institute of Justice (NIJ); NIJ grant-related documents; NIJ Resources
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