The End of A Record-Breaking Year in Homicides for Baltimore

With a homicide rate well above that seen during the crack-cocaine epidemic -- and the ensuing drug war -- 2015 is going down in the record books for the number of homicides in Baltimore. With well over 50 homicides per 100,000 residents this year, Baltimore is now among the 20 most violent cities in the world, and will likely reign as the most violent city in the United States, ahead of Detroit, St. Louis, and New Orleans.

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Baltimore Is On Pace to End 2015 With About 345 Homicides

As 2015 closes, the homicide rate in Baltimore is about to break a record. The homicide rate has not been this high in recorded history, and it is higher than the rate seen in the 1980's and 1990's, when Baltimore saw the worst of the crack cocaine epidemic.