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USA: FBI CRIME REPORT SHOWS MURDER RATES STABLE IN 2017

September 26, 2018:

The FBI Uniform Crime Report for 2017, released by the U.S. Department of Justice, reports that murder rates stabilized across the United States in 2017, decreasing marginally compared to adjusted homicide figures from 2016 but remaining above the record lows recorded earlier in the decade. The initial FBI crime figures for 2017 report 17,284 murders across the United States in 2017, compared to 17,413 in 2016, dropping the nationwide murder rate from 5.4 murders per 100,000 people to 5.3. The homicide numbers are virtually identical to the initial FBI homicide figures included in the 2016 FBI Uniform Crime Report, which initially reported 17,250 murders and a murder rate of 5.3 murders per 100,000 people in 2016.
Once again, states with the death penalty tended to have higher murder rates than states without the death penalty, with Louisiana and Missouri topping the list at 12.4 and 9.8 murders per 100,000 population, respectively. Seven of the nine states with the highest murder rates (and sixteen of the twenty highest) are death-penalty states, while five of the eight states with the lowest murder rates (and nine of the lowest fifteen) do not have the death penalty. New Hampshire, which has the death penalty, and North Dakota and Maine, which do not, had the lowest murder rates at 1.0, 1.3, and 1.7 murders per 100,000 population, respectively.
The data also supports the idea that abolishing the death penalty does not make states more dangerous. Delaware, which ended the death penalty in 2016, saw a 7.8% decrease in its murder rate from 2016 to 2017. As in past years, regional data showed that more executions do not mean lower murder rates.
The South, which has performed far more executions than any other region, continued to have the highest murder rate (6.4 per 100,000 people), while the Northeast, which has carried out only four executions since 1976, had the lowest (3.5). FBI data shows that murder rates have fallen dramatically since the 1980s and 1990s, contributing to the nationwide decline in capital punishment. The current murder rate is 45.9% below 1991's murder rate of 9.8 per 100,000 people. However, the decline in new death sentences has been even greater, with the 39 death sentences imposed in 2017 87.5% below the 315 death sentences imposed in 1994 and 1996.
Of the 18,547 city, county, university and college, state, tribal, and federal agencies eligible to participate in the UCR Program, 16,655 agencies submitted data in 2017.

(Source: DPIC, 26/09/2018)

INDIA: TWO MAOISTS GET DEATH SENTENCE FOR KILLING SP
CHINA EXECUTES MAN WHO KILLED 9 STUDENTS IN SCHOOL STABBING
TEXAS: DANIEL ACKER EXECUTED
TEXAS: TROY CLARK EXECUTED
INDONESIA: TWO DRUG TRAFFICKERS SENTENCED TO DEATH
SRI LANKA: YOUTH SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR POSSESSION OF HEROIN
IRAN: MAN HANGED AT TONEKABON'S PRISON
SOMALIA: ISIL AND AL SHABAAB MEMBERS SENTENCED TO DEATH
SINGAPORE: WOMAN SENTENCED TO MANDATORY DEATH PENALTY FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING
THAILAND: PATTANI COURT SENTENCES DUO TO DEATH OVER BIG C BOMBING
IRAN: PRISONER EXECUTED ON DRUG CHARGES DESPITE CASE OBSCURITY
IRAN: MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR ALLEGED PDKI CONNECTIONS
EGYPT SENTENCES 20 TO DEATH, JAILS SCORES OVER POLICE KILLINGS
JORDAN: 3 EGYPTIANS GIVEN DEATH SENTENCE FOR KILLING COMPATRIOT
IRAQ: 2 SENTENCED TO DIE FOR 'TERROR ATTACK' IN ANBAR
EGYPT: 65 PEOPLE SENTENCED OVER 2013 VIOLENCE
MALAYSIA: DEATH SENTENCES COMMUTED FOR 3 MEXICAN BROTHERS
ARSONIST NANNY EXECUTED IN EAST CHINA
SOMALIA: MILITARY COURT IN BELEDWEYNE SENTENCES A SOLDIER TO DEATH
IRAN: NINE PRISONERS HANGED AT SHIRAZ PRISON
INDIA: TOP COURT PUTS DEATH SENTENCE OF MAN WHO RAPED, KILLED 4-YEAR-OLD ON HOLD
BANGLADESH: 5 SENTENCED TO DEATH OVER DOUBLE MURDER
INDIA: MAN GETS DEATH SENTENCE FOR RAPING 4-YR-OLD GIRL IN MP
MYANMAR: TWO MEN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR RAPE AND MURDER OF HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT
IRAQ: ISIL LEADER EXTRADITED FROM TURKEY CONDEMNED TO DEATH
IRAN: JUVENILE OFFENDER SENTENCED TO DEATH
PAKISTAN: SUPREME COURT SUSPENDS DEATH SENTENCE OF THREE MILITARY COURT CONVICTS
SAUDI ARABIA: THREE MUSLIM CLERICS MAY BE EXECUTED
BANGLADESH: 3 SENTENCED TO DEATH OVER HOUSEWIFE MURDER
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