50/50 whether homicides get solved

The national clearance rate for homicides has fallen to about 50%, the lowest in more than 50 years, according to this article. It was 83% in 1965. A few states do substantially better than others — Alabama and Nebraska were best at 83% over the period 2015-2020, while Rhode Island was lowest at 21% (a quarter of the states have had data problems making it impossible to calculate their clearance rates over the 5-year period). The data also indicate lower clearance rates for victims of color. The article provides examples from several cities, noting an unusually high proportion of exceptional clearances in Chicago, which had a 44% clearance rate in 2020, but half were exceptional clearances.

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One Response to “50/50 whether homicides get solved”

  1. Gunther Says:

    You wonder how the cops manage to get a clearance rate of 83% in 1965? Then again how many of those murderers were actually not the ones who committed murders and are still rotting in prison? It is amazing with all the forensic technology these days, you think that the cops would have a near 100% record of clearances?

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