Mobile and Birmingham were named the second and third most unsafe cities in the United States, according to a recent article from Forbes.
Though 2022 was Birmingham’s most violent year so far this century, the stark increase in homicides did not reach the unincorporated areas of Jefferson County. Rather, these areas experienced a decline in violent crime compared to 2021.
The Jefferson County Commission recently discussed a crime prevention plan that has already been implemented in major metropolitan areas like Compton, California, and Brooklyn, New York. The proposal, which would cost about $32 million over a period of four to five years, was presented by the Aspen Institute, a nonprofit organization for promoting social programs.