Homicide in Puerto Rico

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Sheila M. Kiger SOC-291 Sept. 2011 Homicide in Puerto Rico Table of Contents Abstract 3 History 4 Comparison of violent crime in Puerto Rico and the mainland 5 Comparison of Homicide Rates Between Puerto Rico and the Mainland 6 Figure 1 7 Lethality of Aggravated Assault in Puerto Rico and the Mainland…show more content…
For all these crimes, and for others not discussed here (e.g., youth violence; Vélez, 2003), Puerto Rico saw a decline after the early 1990s. Homicide. During 1980-2005, the mean annual rate of homicide in Puerto Rico always surpassed the mean annual rate of homicide on the mainland. During 1980-2005, the mainland had an average annual homicide rate of 8 victims/100,000 residents, whereas Puerto Rico had an annual homicide rate of 19 victims/100,000 residents. During 1980-2005, homicide on the mainland declined by an average of 2.36%/year, whereas homicide in Puerto Rico increased by an average of 1.32%/year. During 1990-2005, homicide on the mainland declined by 4.64%/year; in Puerto Rico the improvement was smaller (1.29%/year), started later (1995), was temporary, and rose again in 2000. Because homicide is “the most accurately measured and most serious crime” (Levitt, 2004, p. 165; Boyum et al., 1996), Puerto Rico’s high rate of homicide and its more modest improvement during 1990-2005 deserve further analysis Comparison of Homicide Rates Between Puerto Rico and the Mainland In Figure 1, which draws on FBI statistics, I compare mean annual rates of homicide/100,000 residents for Puerto Rico and for the states of Florida, Mississippi, and New York during 1999-2005. Figure 1 confirms the analysis presented earlier. Puerto Rico’s average annual

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