The Federal Bureau of Investigation released the 2016 edition of its Crime in the United States (CIUS) report, which is a part of the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports (UCR). Covering January-December 2016, the FBI report "reaffirms that the worrying violent crime increase that began in 2015 after many years of decline was not an isolated incident." A release from the Department of Justice continued, declaring: "The violent crime rate increased by 3.4 percent nationwide in 2016, the largest single-year increase in 25 years. The nationwide homicide rate increased by 7.9 percent, for a total increase of more than 20 percent in the nationwide homicide rate since 2014."

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has already taken a tough stance concerning illegal aliens and criminal gangs, said of the report, “For the sake of all Americans, we must confront and turn back the rising tide of violent crime. And we must do it together.” Sessions said, "The Department of Justice is committed to working with our state, local, and tribal partners across the country to deter violent crime, dismantle criminal organizations and gangs, stop the scourge of drug trafficking, and send a strong message to criminals that we will not surrender our communities to lawlessness and violence.” 
 
The FBI report adjusts and corrects numbers released for 2015 during the Obama administration. The report shows that the violent crime rate actually increased by 3.3 percent (as opposed to 3.1 percent, as previously reported) in 2015. The violent crime rate increases in 2015 and 2016 each represented the largest single-year increases in the violent crime rate since 1991.

These increases were nationwide, with the average violent crime rate increasing in cities over 250,000 in population, in cities under 10,000 in population, in suburban areas, and in every size in-between. In addition to the 7.9 percent homicide rate increase in 2016, the corrected numbers show the homicide rate increased by 11.4 percent in 2015, for a total increase of more than 20 percent from 2014-2016. Rapes, robberies, and aggravated assaults also each continued to increase nationwide in 2016.

The FBI report showed that black Americans are more frequently the victims of murder than whites or Hispanics. Of the 16,964 murder victims registered, 6576 victims were white, 7881 were black, and 2367 were identified as Hispanic in ethnicity. As for offenders, there were a total 16,914. Of these offenders, 5004 were indentified as white, 6095 were black; of unknown race there were 5574, other races were 291, while those of Hispanic ethnicity totaled 1553.



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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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