In 1981, there were 1,841 homicides in New York City. The rate proceeded to escalate to a record high of 2,245 in 1991. In 2013, there were 333 people murdered in New York City, a remarkable drop even from the 417 deaths of the previous year.
The lawlessness of New York in 1981 is the subject of Participant Media's Company With a Conscience, year-end release of A Most Violent Year, as well as one man's effort to find a way past the violence that threatens to ruin him, his family, and his life's work.
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