Homicide is a serious felony crime in New York. A homicide conviction can mean decades in prison. And, according to the New York Police Department, the number of homicides in New York City surged in 2020.
Homicides are on the rise
In 2020, 447 homicides were recorded in New York City. This is a 41% increase compared to 2019, and the highest total since 2011. Shootings specifically saw a 95% uptick in 2020 compared to 2019, at 1,480 incidents. This is almost a 14-year high.
Violent crime remains low
Despite the rise in homicides in 2020, violent crime as a whole remains low compared to the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. In fact, in 1990 alone 2,245 homicides took place in New York City.
What is behind the rise in homicides?
New York police say the rise in homicide is due in part to bail reform that was instituted in January, and in part due to the disbandment of plainclothes anti-crime units in June. However, criminologists suggest that the mental health and economic effects stemming from the current global health crisis and an increase in gang violence is behind the rise of homicides.
Seek assistance if you are accused of homicide
Those who are accused of homicide face serious consequences and must lodge a strong defense in their favor. It is important to remember that everyone in the U.S. is innocent until proven guilty and guilt must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. Our firm’s website may be a useful resource to those who want more information on homicide.