The article points to an increasing percentage of murder victims with criminal histories -- but I wonder how much of this might be that dropping murder rates the last decade or two means that violence is increasing criminal-on-criminal, as opposed to criminal-on-decent person.Police increasingly explore criminal pasts of homicide victims as well as suspects as they search for sources of the violence, which has risen the past two years after a decade of decline, according to the FBI's annual measures of U.S. crime.Understanding victims' pasts is critical to driving crime back down, police and crime analysts say. "If you are trying to look at prevention, you need to look at the lives of the people involved," says Mallory O'Brien, director of the Homicide Review Commission in Milwaukee.In Baltimore, about 91% of murder victims this year had criminal records, up from 74% a decade ago, police reported.In many cases, says Frederick Bealefeld III, Baltimore's interim police commissioner, victims' rap sheets provide critical links to potential suspects in botched drug deals or violent territorial disputes.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Murder Victims In The U.S.
It has long been known that many murder victims are not exactly upstanding citizens. This August 31, 2007 USA Today article points out something that is one of the reasons while the high murder rates in the U.S. are distressing, not every murder victim is an equal loss to society: