School Crime Has Declined Sharply since the 1990s

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Butts, Jeffrey A. (2012). School Crime Has Declined Sharply since the 1990sResearch and Evaluation Data Bits [2012-04]. New York, NY: Research and Evaluation Center, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York.

After any horrific act of school violence, many parents, students, and community officials fear that schools are becoming increasingly dangerous. Yet, the most severe forms of violence remain very rare in the school environment. Even serious and violent crimes declined in recent years. Students in 2010 reported more than 91,000 serious and violent crimes either on school property or during student travels to and from school. This was down 72 percent compared with 1994, when students reported nearly 330,000 serious and violent victimizations.