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December 27, 2011 > Latest California homicide rate statistics

Latest California homicide rate statistics

Submitted By the California Department of Justice

The California Department of Justice has released the annual "Homicide in California 2010" report which shows a 7.8 percent fall in the homicide rate per 100,000 in population compared to 2009. The total number of homicides dropped from 1,970 in 2009 to 1,809 in 2010.

The homicide clearance rate, or percentage of reported crimes that have been solved, has increased for the fifth consecutive year. This year's rate of 63.8 percent is the highest since 2001.

The "Homicide in California 2010" report details information about the crime of homicide and its victims, demographic data on persons arrested for homicide and information about the response of the criminal justice system. Also included is information on the death penalty, the number of peace officers killed in the line of duty and justifiable homicides.

The report's highlights include: 80.3 percent of homicide victims were male and 19.7 percent female. 44.5 percent of homicide victims were Hispanic, 29.6 percent were black, 18.2 percent were white and 7.4 percent were categorized as "other." Females were more likely to be killed in their residence, while males were more likely to be killed on streets or sidewalks. When the victim-offender relationship was identified, 44.4 percent (the largest proportion) involved victims who were killed by friends or acquaintances. However a greater percentage of black victims were killed by strangers than were white or Hispanic victims (47.7 vs. 25.4 and 35.4 percent, respectively). Of homicides, where the weapon was identified, the majority (71.2 percent) involved a firearm. Of the homicides where the contributing circumstances were known, 36.1 percent were gang-related.

By the end of 2010, there were 709 persons under sentence of death in California. Of these, 34 were sentenced in 2010, 10 of which were in Los Angeles County.

Four California peace officers were feloniously killed in the line of duty in 2010.

The "Homicide in California 2010" report can be viewed at www.oag.ca.gov.

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