What portion of murders committed in the U.S. result in a suspect being identified and acted upon by the criminal justice system?
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In 2014, 65% of murders committed in the U.S. resulted in a suspect being identified and acted upon by the criminal justice system. This rate has fallen from 92% in 1960. In some places like Chicago and Baltimore, this rate has recently been as low as 30%. Unsolved murders are more likely to occur in minority neighborhoods because of the nature and amount of these crimes and a lack of witness cooperation.
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