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Jackson’s murder rate per capita ranks highest in the U.S.

By: Anne Summerhays - January 3, 2022

Surge in Jackson homicides resulted in a 17% jump in violent crime, according to the city.

In 2021, Jackson, Mississippi experienced its deadliest year on record. The City reports 150 homicides were committed as of December 21. That number shatters its previous record of nearly 130 set last year.

The homicide rate for Jackson is 99.5 per 100,000 residents. WLBT reported last week that Jackson’s rate of killings per capita ranks highest in the country.

“Every homicide that occurs in Jackson is heart-breaking, and I mourn for those affected by these tragedies. We continue to work behind the scenes to tackle violent crime in Jackson,” a statement from Mayor Chockwe Antar Lumumba’s office stated.

“It is my prayer for 2022 that we learn to resolve our issues without violence and that we strengthen our love and bonds as families and communities to continue to build a stronger, safer and more prosperous Jackson for all,” the statement continued.

WLBT’s analysis calculated per capita rates of killings for cities with a population of at least 130,000 such as Chicago, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia, along with other cities that had previously high homicide rates, such as New Orleans and Baton Rouge.

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Anne Summerhays

Anne Summerhays is a recent graduate of Millsaps College where she majored in Political Science, with minors in Sociology and American Studies. In 2021, she joined Y’all Politics as a Capitol Correspondent. Prior to making that move, she interned for a congressional office in Washington, D.C. and a multi-state government relations and public affairs firm in Jackson, Mississippi. While at Millsaps, Summerhays received a Legislative Fellowship with the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi where she worked with an active member of the Mississippi Legislature for the length of session. She has quickly established trust in the Capitol as a fair, honest, and hardworking young reporter. Her background in political science helps her cut through the noise to find and explain the truth.