[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] announced Thursday that the national rate of violent crime decreased by 13 percent [press release] during 2010. The announcement stemmed from statistics in the annual National Crime Victimization Survey [text, PDF], which consists of self-reported information and is complied by the Bureau of Justice Statistics [official website] to estimate the rates and level of criminal victimization including violent victimization, property victimization and personal theft. According to the report, this decrease is…