Jacksonville is Murder Capital Once Again

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Duval County is taking over once again, but not in the way its citizens want to hear.

On Thursday, Nov. 1 The Florida Department of Law Enforcement released data stating that Duval County has the highest murder rate in the state among the high population counties, according to a Nov. 1 article on Jacksonville.com.

The Duval County average is 4.6 murders per 100,000 residents according to the same article. The next highest total is Miami-Dade at 3.8 murders.

This is most certainly not the first time Duval County has landed this undesirable top spot. According to statistics on Jacksonville.com, the county has been top ranked every year in the 21st century, except for two years ago when Miami took the lead for a year.

In 2011, Duval took back the number one spot with 37 murders in the first six months of the year. That number jumped to 40 during the same time period in 2012.

Although Duval County holds this title, the overall crime rate in Jacksonville has declined by 3.7 percent.

According to the Nov.1 article, State Attorney Angela Corey said the drop in these numbers was good. She continued to say that the area is seeing a decrease in the number of people who commit crimes after getting out of jail because prosecutors are seeking tougher sentences.

Even though the state attorney said she believes these numbers are good, she didn’t understand why the total numbers of murders increased.

“A lot of the murders have been murder-suicides this year,” Corey said, according to Jacksonville.com.

Corey continued to say that since the overall numbers are dropping, there is hope that Duval County will no longer bear this title.

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