At the end of the annus horribilis of 2020, NPR talked to New Orleans-based data consultant Jeff Asher, who works with crime statistics, about the rise in murder rates the country saw last year.
“We’re going to see historically the largest one-year rise in murder nationally that we’ve ever seen,” Asher told the outlet.
Data he assembled showed murder was up 36.7 percent across 57 agencies. Fifty-one of the agencies reported a rise in murder, 37 of them showed murder up by more than 30 percent.
Final national murder update of 2020:
Murder up 36.7% in 57 agencies with data through at least September (though most have data through November). Murder up in 51 of 57, 37 of 58 agencies reporting murder up more than 30%.
— Jeff Asher (@Crimealytics) December 29, 2020