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Police stand behind a crime scene tape near the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub on in Orlando, Florida on June 12, 2016. The murder rate in the U.S. rose 10.8 percent last year, according to new data from the FBI. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)MoreCloseclosemore
Police stand behind a crime scene tape near the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub on in Orlando, Florida on June 12, 2016. The murder rate in the U.S. rose 10.8 percent last year, according to new data from the FBI. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

The murder rate in the U.S. rose 10.8 percent last year, according to new data from the FBI. That's the biggest single-year increase in nearly 50 years.

Here & Now's Robin Young talks to Inimai Chettiar of the Brennan Center for Justice about what's behind the jump in the murder rate and where it fits into multi-year crime trends.

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Inimai Chettiar, director of the Justice Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law. She tweets @inimai.

This segment aired on September 27, 2016.

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