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The Nation | IN BRIEF / WASHINGTON, D.C.

Homicide Victims Often Had Criminal Records

February 15, 2004|From Times Wire Reports

Nearly three of every four adult homicide victims in Washington last year had an arrest history, according to an analysis of court records that casts new light on why the city has one of the highest homicide rates in the country.

Although the total of 248 killings last year was a sharp drop from the homicide tolls of the late 1980s and early 1990s, there is a resilient "criminal subculture" in the city that is well-armed and entrenched, said Police Chief Charles Ramsey. "It's a huge problem."

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