America’s overall crime rate in 2017 is on track to become the second-lowest since 1990, a preliminary analysis showed Wednesday.
The Brennan Center for Justice report, which collected data from police departments in 30 of the largest cities in the nation, found the overall 2017 rate projected to decrease by 1.8 percent.
“If this estimate holds, 2017 will have the second-lowest crime rate since 1990,” the Brennan Center’s Ames Grawert and James Cullen wrote.
Violent crime rate is projected to decrease by 0.6 percent, “essentially remaining stable,” they added, citing “stabilization” in crime in Chicago and declines in Washington, D.C.
Also, the murder rate for the year is projected to be 2.5 percent lower than 2016, with Detroit down 25.6 percent, Houston down 20.5 percent, and New York down by 19.1 percent.
Chicago’s murder rate is projected to fall by 2.4 percent. In 2016, 762 people were murdered there, compared