Pandemic, Social Unrest, and Crime in U.S. Cities: 2020 Year-End Update   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Introduction: "This report examines changes in crime rates during the coronavirus pandemic, with a special emphasis on homicide rates. It also updates previous studies on the same subjects with data through December 2020. In a June 2020 report published by Arnold Ventures, the authors first examined the relationship between the pandemic and homicide. In July, September, and November of 2020, in a series of reports released by the National Commission on COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] and Criminal Justice, Rosenfeld and Lopez examined the relationship between the pandemic and crime rates more broadly. The current study consists of three parts. The first examines crime rate changes for ten violent, property, and drug offenses in a sample of U.S. cities during the calendar year of 2020. The second looks closely at homicide rates, offering observations on how the pandemic and other factors may explain the increase. The third offers recommendations for reducing homicide and other violent offenses."

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