Detroit has made marked improvements in solving homicides an in-depth Washington Post profile. But there’s still a lot of work to do. But still, why do half of Detroit’s murders go unsolved?

Since 2012, someone has been murdered nearly every 24 hours in Detroit, a city long plagued by violence. Despite sweeping changes to make the homicide division more efficient, police arrest suspects in fewer than half of all killings.

Russell said the explanation is simple: There are too many murders and too few detectives.

“The only way you can fix it is lower crime or to get more manpower,” Russell said.

Our Sven Gustafson speaks with Washington Post reporter Wes Lowery about the paper’s investigative report about overwhelmed homicide detectives in Detroit, and how they compare to the rest of the nation. His complete article is here:

Have a listen to the segment in the Daily Detroit podcast in the player above.

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