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The Complex Issues Behind a “Surge” in Violent Crime

Despite recent headlines announcing a surge in violent crime, the actual data shows a much more nuanced picture.

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Despite recent headlines announcing a surge in violent crime, the actual data shows a much more nuanced picture. Overall, crime decreased in 2020. The singular outlier was the rate of homicide, which rose about 26 percent. And even that statistic is still far below the peak numbers of the 1990s. Dr. Rashawn Ray is one of the nation’s leading experts on policing and criminal justice reform. Soledad talks with him about what needs to be a part of the discussion when talking about crime.