New projection from the Brennan Center for Justice suggests numbers may trend downwards again, despite Sessions’ concerns about a ‘dangerous trend’

America’s murder rate may fall slightly in 2017 with the violent crime rate and the overall crime rate, according to a new projection from the Brennan Center for Justice that contradicts assertions by Jeff Sessions that a sharp increase in murders seen in 2015 represents a “dangerous permanent trend”.

Donald Trump’s attorney general has used such claims to justify his rollback of Obama-era criminal justice reforms.

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