The Tennessee Conservative [By Jason Vaughn] –
Newly released FBI data places Tennessee as the third worst state in the nation for violent crimes and the worst in the South. This data comes from a study of 2021 crime numbers.
The violent crime rate rose nearly 13% in 2020. This category includes crimes such as aggravated assault, homicide, rape, and robbery.
According to their statistics, Tennessee’s violent crime rate is approximately 675 per 100,000 people. This is nearly double the national rate of 396 per 100,000 people.
While the country saw a decrease in the number of robberies that took place, there was an increase in the murder and rape counts. According to the report, “Murder and non-negligent manslaughter offenses increased 4.3% while revised rape offenses increased 3.4%.”
Revised rape offenses include the offenses of rape, sodomy, and sexual assault in the calculation of violent crimes.
Verna Wyatt, victims advocate and cofounder of Tennessee Voices for Victims, told WKRN, “We are also in the top ten states where men kill women and at one point, we were number four.”
Wyatt says that the common denominator for violent crime is “trauma, usually childhood trauma.”
Governor Lee recently announced a new plan to help deal with the increase in crimes in Tennessee. $100 million worth of grant money will be given to local law enforcement agencies to help fund programs that have been proven to help reduce crime.
Some individuals believe that money would be better spent by providing community organizations with funding to help provide children with a better path earlier on.
While Governor Lee did not discuss the allocation of any specific funding to community and faith-based programs, he did acknowledge their importance in an interview with Fox 17 News.
“I think you make a really great point that communities are a significant part of the answer,” Lee stated. “Government isn’t the answer to the greatest problems we have. We have an important role to play…so it’s incredibly important that we engage in our communities and our community organizations.”
About the Author: Jason Vaughn, Media Coordinator for The Tennessee Conservative ~ Jason previously worked for a legacy publishing company based in Crossville, TN in a variety of roles through his career. Most recently, he served as Deputy Director for their flagship publication. Prior, he was a freelance journalist writing articles that appeared in the Herald Citizen, the Crossville Chronicle and The Oracle among others. He graduated from Tennessee Technological University with a Bachelor’s in English-Journalism, with minors in Broadcast Journalism and History. Contact Jason at news@TennesseeConservativeNews.com