The Washington Post has created a series of data visualizations showing that homicides with white victims are more likely to lead to an arrest than homicides with minority victims. For example, charts show that 44 of 47 examined cities arrested suspects more often if the victim was white. These cities included Oakland, where an arrest was nearly twice as likely if the victim was white instead of black. In addition, the Washington Post used maps to show how the arrest rate varies across cities. For example, 70 percent of homicides in Richmond led to an arrest, but less than 30 percent of homicides in Chicago resulted in an arrest.
Mapping Homicides and Arrest Rates in the United States
Michael McLaughlin is a research assistant at the Center for Data Innovation. He previously worked at Oracle and held internships at USA TODAY and in local government. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, Michael graduated from Wake Forest University, where he majored in Communication with Minors in Politics and International Affairs and Journalism. He is currently pursuing his Master’s in Communication at Stanford University, specializing in Data Journalism.
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