Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 1997

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Author: William J. Clinton  | Date: October 3, 1997

Statement on Crime Statistics,
October 3, 1997

Today the Federal Bureau of Investigation released its final crime statistics for 1996, and the results are good news for all Americans. We are finally—and decisively—tipping the scales of justice in favor of law-abiding Americans. Overall crime is down for the fifth year in a row, with the biggest reductions coming in violent crime (6 percent)—and especially murders (9 percent). Reported rapes, robberies, assaults, and all types of property crimes are down from the previous year. Even the arrest rate for violent juveniles, which had skyrocketed for 7 years, has now gone down for 2 years in a row.

For 5 years, my administration has worked with police, prosecutors, school principals, and community leaders on a tough, smart crime strategy to attack violent crime. Together, we have fought for more police in our communities, fewer guns on our streets, tougher punishment for violent offenders, and better opportunities for our kids. Today’s crime statistics show that, armed with these tools, we are moving in the right direction.

Note: This statement was made available by the Office of the Press Secretary on October 3 but was embargoed for release until 9 a.m., October 4.

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Chicago: William J. Clinton, "Statement on Crime Statistics, October 3, 1997," Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 1997 in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, October 10, 1997 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1997), 33:2108 Original Sources, accessed July 25, 2024, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=5SJKNFCUTDRR96Q.

MLA: Clinton, William J. "Statement on Crime Statistics, October 3, 1997." Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 1997, in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, October 10, 1997 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1997), 33:2108, Original Sources. 25 Jul. 2024. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=5SJKNFCUTDRR96Q.

Harvard: Clinton, WJ, 'Statement on Crime Statistics, October 3, 1997' in Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 1997. cited in , United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, October 10, 1997 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1997), 33:2108. Original Sources, retrieved 25 July 2024, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=5SJKNFCUTDRR96Q.