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Baltimore homicide closure rate near 50 percent, but figure is complicated

Baltimore homicide closure rate near 50 percent, but figure is complicated

The Baltimore police rate of closed homicides stands at about 49 percent for the year — but that doesn't mean half of this year's killings have been solved.

About a quarter of this year's killings have resulted in handcuffs and charges against a suspect. The rest of the closed cases are killings that occurred in previous years and for which a suspect was only arrested this year. The total even includes cases in which no one was arrested at all.

Here's how it works.

FBI crime reporting guidelines call for police departments to count all cases "closed" by police in a given year — regardless of the year the killings occurred — in that year's rate of closed...

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