Experts dispute Jeff Sessions claim that crime rise is 'permanent trend'

Despite a recent uptick, US murder and violent crime rates remain near historic lows, raising concerns about the attorney general’s approach to the issue

Minutes after he was sworn in as attorney general, Jeff Sessions said he believed the recent uptick in crime in America was a “dangerous permanent trend”. But criminologists said he had “no evidence” to support this contention.

“Jeff Sessions is the first person who suggested this is a permanent trend,” said Jerry Ratcliffe, a member of the justice department’s Science Advisory Board and the director of Temple University’s Center for Security and Crime Science. “I don’t think anyone from a data perspective would agree with it.”

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Source: Experts dispute Jeff Sessions claim that crime rise is 'permanent trend' | US news | The Guardian

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