The Recent Homicide Rise in the United States
The number of homicides in big U.S. cities increased by 10.8 percent between 2015 and 2016. These increases were much larger than was typical of yearly homicide fluctuations over the past several decades.
A new NIJ-funded paper considers two explanations of the homicide rise as guides for future research: (1) expansion in illicit drug markets brought about by the heroin and synthetic opioid epidemic and (2) widely referenced “Ferguson effects” resulting in de-policing, compromised police legitimacy, or both.
Read the report to learn more (pdf, 46 pages).