Violent crime rising faster in California than in U.S.
October 13, 2016
During a year in which violent crime rose in the United States, California more than doubled the nationwide increase, according to recently released FBI statistics.
Following two years of declines, the violent crime rate in the U.S. rose by 3.1 percent in 2015. In California, the violent crime rate increased by 7.6 percent.
An estimated total of 166,883 violent crimes took place in California last year. The total equates to 426.3 violent crimes per 100,000.
The murder rate in California increased by 8.5 percent in 2015, and the rape rate rose by 9.7 percent.
Among all 50 states, California had the 13th largest increase in its violent crime rate. Hawaii, which had a 24 percent jump in violent crimes, had the largest increase in the nation.
California’s increase in violent crimes has come as state lawmakers and voters have chosen to reduce punishments for certain crimes. This November, voters will decide on Proposition 57, an initiative backed by Gov. Jerry Brown, which would give felons convicted of non-violent crimes stronger chances of receiving parole. The measure would also give non-violent felons more opportunities to earn credits for good behavior.