Denver Murder Rates

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Murder: Baltimore vs. Denver Murder is considered one of the worst crimes in the world today. It happens throughout the world and quite often within the United States. Some cities within the United States have more murders than others and are committed more frequently. Murder rates vary from city to city and state to state. This paper will compare two metropolitan cities, in two different states, that have large populations and compare their murder rates. Additionally, this paper will discuss factors that may explain the rates in each city. Baltimore, Maryland, is considered a working class city with a strong history. The 2012 population was estimated to be approximately 621,342 people. In 2012, there were 218 murders in the Baltimore…show more content…
According to the United States Census Bureau, in 2008-2012, Baltimore was estimated to have 23.4% of its population living below the poverty level, while the State of Maryland was estimated to be 9.4% below the poverty level. In the same time frame Denver was estimated to have 18.9% of people living below the poverty level while the State of Colorado was estimated to be 12.9% below the poverty level (State & County Quick Facts, n.d.). The Baltimore Sun (2012) website explains that one in four residents of Baltimore lives in poverty and that many more live just above the official poverty line which is believed to be outdated. According to The Baltimore Sun (2012), "One in four households receive food stamps, and 83 percent of children enrolled in the Baltimore City Public School system are so impoverished that they qualify for free or reduced-price meals.” (para. 4). Therefore, poverty levels may play a significant role in the murder rates of these two cities. The clear difference is that Baltimore has a higher percentage of people living in poverty and that many of the residents live just above the poverty line making Baltimore’s economy hard to live in considering the…show more content…
However, some experts believe the rates have declined because the baby boomer generations are aging, so the percentage of young adults has declined. Some believe that the tougher or harsher sentences for crimes are a cause and there is evidence of this based on the increased prison populations. According to "Where Have All The Burglars Gone?" (2013), "Could more criminals being locked up be the answer? The number of people behind bars has grown substantially in many countries over the past 20 years.” (para. 9). Better policing can also be attributed to the decline in crime rates as evidence of the growing prison population. According to Mitchell (2010), "In Denver, 30 of the 2009 murders — almost 80 percent — have been solved, according to Mary Dulacki, records coordinator for Denver police.” Per a Denver Police spokesperson, another factor in the reduction of murders is the improvements with emergency medical treatment and services. First responders are able to save more lives than in the past (Mitchell, 2010). There is no particular reason, but all these reasons combined clearly play a role in the overall decrease. Economically, if the United States can improve the poverty level then we truly would see a safer country with far less
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