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Why Homicides Rose in 2015

A new report from the National Institute of Justice explores why homicides rose so sharply in 2015 across 56 U.S. cities.
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When law enforcement leaders convened one October day, it was to draw attention to the alarming rise in violent crime in cities across the U.S. They announced a new report, “A Gathering Storm,” which warned that FBI crime stats had “confirmed our concerns and those of police chiefs that violent crime had dramatically risen,” and “that this trend was ... expanding into other parts of the country.”

However, this uptick in crime happened within only one year, which does not a trend make. The report notes this in its foreword: