Jeff Sessions was sworn in as attorney general Thursday morning, one day after he was confirmed by the Senate in a contentious vote.
The 70-year-old is a former prosecutor and served the last 20 years as a senator from Alabama.
In the Oval Office, Sessions made a remark about crime that caught our attention.
“I wish the rise that we’re seeing in crime in America today were some sort of aberration or a blip. My best judgment, having been involved in criminal law enforcement for many years, is that this is a dangerous, permanent trend,” he said.
CBS News looked at whether violent crime is a rising permanent trend. The CBS News research department went to the source: the FBI uniform crime report.
Turns out, violent crime peaked in 1991 and was in a steady decline until a small uptick in 2006. Then the trend continued to drop.
There was a small rise in 2015, the last year for which the FBI has numbers.
The rate in 2015 was half what it was in 1991.
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