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KC No Violence Alliance's cost of violence study


Cost of Violence 

A single murder can cost $8.9 million

May 10, 2013

A new study compiled by the KC No Violence Alliance's research partners at the University of Missouri-Kansas City's Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology sets the costs of violent crime, including homicide.

Prosecutor presents to KC Council
Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker and Capt. Joe McHale, KC NoVA project manager, present May 9 to KC Council's business session.
A single murder costs $1.3 million in tangible costs, including medical expenses, lost earnings, as well as police, prosecution and corrections costs. When you add in intangible costs, the pain, suffering and other costs associated with injuries, about $8.4 million, the total is $8.98 million.

This means that reducing homicide in Kansas City could have a significant financial impact. A 10 percent reduction represents a savings of $95.5 million, while a 30 percent reduction means $286.5 million in savings.

Capt. Joe McHale, KC NoVA project manager, along with NoVA governing board members updated the Kansas City Council on KC NoVA's recent efforts. They also released the new study results.

KC NoVA's governing board includes Police Chief Darryl Forte, UMKC Chancellor Leo Morton, U.S. Attorney Tammy Dickinson, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker, ATF Special-Agent-In-Charge Marino Vidoli and Mayor Sly James.



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