JPI Statement on the Crime Statistics and Trends

Policymakers should prioritize effective investments in crime prevention

Today new crime statistics were released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Crime in the United States program. In light of the findings, national corrections and crime experts urged policymakers to prioritize effective investments in violence prevention.

 “While crime is at 20-year lows, the increases in reported violent crime, particularly in some of our most distressed communities, are a matter of concern,” said Marc Schindler, Executive Director of the Justice Policy Institute. “To deal with this public safety challenge, we urge policymakers to increase their investments in holistic violence prevention approaches that address the causes of crime and target resources to places that are most impacted by violent crime.”

 Some of the places hit hardest by upticks in crime face challenges prioritizing holistic approaches:

For more information, including in depth analysis of the crime trends within the Metropolitan Washington region and nationally, and detailed information how cities could respond to increases in crime, please contact JPI Communications Director Elizabeth Deal (917.620.9540).