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THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary


For Immediate Release January 2, 1999

STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT

The Justice Department study on homicide trends released today shows that America's murder rate has fallen to its lowest level in thirty years, with much of the decline coming from the drop in youth gun homicides. Our cities are now the safest they have been in a generation. With the help of the '94 Crime Act, cities have replaced gang and gun violence with more police and tougher gun enforcement, and their efforts are paying off in dramatic decreases in homicides. A variety of studies show that crime, and especially homicide, should continue their decline into the new year, and that is good news for Americans in 1999. But we have more to do, and we must stick to our plan. We must finish the job of putting 100,000 more police on our streets, putting tougher laws on our books, and providing better opportunities for our young people.

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