- In 2015, there were 53 homicides in Savannah, the city's most violent year in a quarter-century
- A new citywide initiative to end the violence has done little to curb the shootings
- The mayor says 100-plus new officers will make a dent in reducing the crime
Savannah, Georgia (CNN)Shoppers happily stroll the sidewalks of Savannah's open-air City Market. The sweet smell of freshly made pralines provides an inviting aroma across the historic district, and horse-drawn carriages amble down streets carrying tourists to antebellum homes and manicured gardens.
Calling in the parolees
With a population of about 236,000, Savannah-Chatham County saw 22.4 killings per 100,000 residents in 2015.
That would have been the 10th highest murder rate among cities over 200,000 using 2014 figures, the last year for which national data is available -- higher than the 2014 rates for Oakland, California; Miami; Cleveland; Washington; and Chicago.
The number of killings in Savannah this year is 23: nearly double the 13 as of this time last year and the same as for all of 2012.