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In the United States, what portion of aggravated assaults reported to police result in an alleged offender being identified and acted upon by the criminal justice system?

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Nationwide in 2019, law enforcement agencies reported that 52% of aggravated assaults, 31% of robberies, 33% of rapes, and 61% of murders that were reported to police resulted in an alleged offender being identified and acted upon by the criminal justice system. Many aggravated assaults and other violent crimes are not reported to police but are documented by the National Crime Victimization Survey. This shows that for every 2.6 aggravated assaults committed during 2019, one person was arrested for committing such a crime. In 2006 (latest available data), one person was sentenced to prison for every 15 aggravated assaults, robberies, sexual assaults, rapes, and murders committed that year.

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