Sunday, October 7, 2018

Homicide records for 2017 now available

The Murder Accountability Project (MAP) has posted records of more than 17,000 homicides committed in the United States during 2017, allowing users to access individual case files and to explore crime clearance trends for most police departments.

Most of these records were provided by the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services division in Clarksburg, West Virginia. But 1,232 homicide case files were obtained by MAP from police departments that do not report data to the federal Supplemental Homicide Report.

The FBI estimates that 61.6 percent of homicides committed last year were cleared through the arrest of the offender, a slight improvement from the previous year. The official estimate that 59.4 percent of homicides were cleared in 2016 was the lowest in U.S. history.

The assembled records from the Uniform Crime Report for the years 1965 through 2017 (available at the "Clearance Rate" tab) and the Supplemental Homicide Report for 1976 through 2017 (available at the "Search Cases" tab) can be downloaded in either SPSS or comma separated values (CSV) formats at this website's "Data & Docs" tab.