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Murder, violent crimes dipped in 2017, FBI says

A man is taken into custody by the FBI agents in Los Angeles in May of 2017.

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The number of murders and violent crimes dipped slightly last year, according to new crime statistics released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Monday.

The number of cases of manslaughter and murder decreased 0.7 percent in 2017 from the previous year, the data show. And while rapes increased by 3 percent and aggravated assault increased by 1 percent, the overall violent crime decreased 0.2 percent — numbers that suggest that the increase of crime in recent years is at an end.

“The crime decreased nationwide in the past year, in accordance with our previous analyses of 2017 data in the nation’s 30 largest cities,” Ames Grawert, senior counsel for the Justice Program at the Brennan Center for Justice in New York, said in a statement. “That’s the good news. The bad news is that, even while the crime rate drops, the number of Americans remains locked up in near-record numbers. Now is the time to address the problem.”

The Brennan Center has analyzed preliminary data from the police departments in the 30 largest cities in the U.S., and suggests that the overall murder and crime are the projected reduction in 2018 — pushing the murder rate down to the 2015 review, and near the historic lows of the 1990s.

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