In the Oval Office, Sessions made a remark about crime that caught our attention.
“I wish the rise that we’re seeing in crime in America today were some sort of aberration or a blip. My best judgment, having been involved in criminal law enforcement for many years, is that this is a dangerous, permanent trend,” he said.
CBS News looked at whether violent crime is a rising permanent trend. The CBS News research department went to the source: the FBI uniform crime report.
Turns out, violent crime peaked in 1991 and was in a steady decline until a small uptick in 2006. Then the trend continued to drop.
There was a small rise in 2015, the last year for which the FBI has numbers.
The rate in 2015 was half what it was in 1991.
And yes, that is the same CBS that has given a contract to Milo Whatshisname for a book on the alt-right and all that.