Explaining the 2015 Homicide Rise
Over the past year, the increase in homicides in several American cities has captured the attention of the nation, but objective, scientific work to inform such conversations has been limited.
When media reports indicated an increase in the number of homicides across U.S. cities in 2015, NIJ commissioned a white paper by Dr. Richard Rosenfeld to examine the size and scope of the homicide increase based on data collected from police departments in 56 U.S. cities. The paper explores several possible explanations to this rise and identifies what further data and research is needed to confirm which explanations contributed to the increase in homicides.
Read a message from the NIJ Director about this paper.
Download the white paper (pdf, 31 pages)