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2015 Was One Of The Safest Years In The Past 2 Decades, According To FBI Stats

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 09.26.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― The national homicide rate rose slightly in 2015, according to FBI crime statistics released Monday. But the report also indicates that...

Crime Will Likely Stay At Near-Historic Lows In 2016, Despite What Donald Trump Says

The Huffington Post | Julia Craven | Posted 09.22.2016 | Politics

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump claims that crime is “out of control.” As with most of what Trump says, the evidence isn’t really t...

Donald Trump Is Wrong About 'Inner-City Crime'

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 08.30.2016 | Politics

Donald Trump on Monday continued his clumsy efforts to appeal to black voters, tweeting a false claim about “inner-city” crime nearing record high...

Most Americans (Incorrectly) Believe Crime Is Up. That's Great News For Donald Trump.

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 08.09.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― The majority of Americans believe ― incorrectly ― that crime is up in the United States over the past decade, and only a small frac...

Where America Went Wrong With the Prison System

Charlene Haparimwi | Posted 08.15.2016 | Crime
Charlene Haparimwi

What if I were to tell you that individual criminals, "thugs," low-lives, drug addicts, welfare hoarders or whatever name they have been called are actually just reactionary results to a prison industrial complex and racialized system that dooms them to repeat offenses, prison visits and failure to rise above their circumstances?

Fox News Hypes Imaginary Boost In Violence Against Police

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 09.08.2015 | Politics

Fox News dedicated an entire segment Sunday to what host Chris Wallace described as a recent increase in violence against police. Milwaukee Police Chi...

The 'Ferguson Effect' Isn't Real, And The New York Times Shouldn't Act Like It Might Be

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 09.05.2015 | Politics

On Monday, The New York Times published an article on murder rates that was misleading at best, and fearmongering at worst. "Murder Rates Rising Sharp...

America's Faulty Perception of Crime Rates

Lauren-Brooke Eisen | Posted 05.16.2015 | Crime
Lauren-Brooke Eisen

One would think that with the dramatic drop in crime, America's communities would be reveling in the streets as though it were Mardi Gras, or at least talking about how much safer they feel walking around their neighborhoods as adults than they felt walking the streets as teenagers. But decades of Gallup polls indicate otherwise.

The Gun Violence Stats the NRA Doesn't Want You to Consider

Mike Weisser | Posted 03.22.2015 | Politics
Mike Weisser

If we define gun violence as using a gun to end a human life, the FBI is telling us that less than 10 percent of those fatalities would be eliminated if we got rid of all violent crime.

Murder Rate for Hispanics Is Twice the Murder Rate for Whites

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 07.12.2014 | Latino Voices
Josh Sugarmann

While no American is immune from the risks of gun violence, the sad fact is that this crisis has a disproportionate impact on people who identify as Hispanic.

Uncle Sam (Should) Want You!: National Service vs. Mass Incarceration

Steven Conn | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
Steven Conn

If we are going to end the Era of Mass Incarceration, we need to begin a new era of providing opportunities for boys to grow into men.

Sports: A Way to Promote Peace in Pakistan?

Mariam Khan | Posted 06.03.2014 | World
Mariam Khan

No one could have imagined that cricket, an Englishman's game would rule over the hearts and minds of those residing in the sub-continent. Eleven men...

What Lessons Can Business Teach Criminal Justice? Invest in Research

Aubrey Fox | Posted 08.31.2013 | Crime
Aubrey Fox

After two decades of sustained crime reduction, violent crime rates increased in 2012. If we hope to reverse this trend, we can't simply replicate yesterday's strategies -- we must continue to innovate.

Americans Don't Know About A Major Shift In Gun Crimes

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 08.15.2014 | Politics

The U.S. gun homicide rate has dropped sharply in the past 20 years, but few Americans are aware of the decline, according to a Pew poll released this...

And The Happiest State Is...

24/7 Wall St. | Michael B. Sauter, Alexander E. M. Hess and Samuel Weigley | Posted 08.01.2015 | Healthy Living

24/7 Wall St.: According to a Gallup poll released today, the United States has shown almost no improvement in well-being in the past five years, ...

Technology Helps Continued Fight to Bring Down American Crime Rates

Drew Hendricks | Posted 04.23.2013 | Crime
Drew Hendricks

Lowering crime rates using next century's technology has been an effort put forth by both public and private entities. Here are three examples of commonplace place items that have become excellent detectives.

Broad New Reform Effort Could Provide Opening For Conservatives

Washington Monthly | Posted 01.13.2013 | Politics

American streets are much safer today than they were thirty years ago, and until recently most conservatives had a simple explanation: more prison bed...

Don't Believe the Violent Crime Hype

Inimai Chettiar | Posted 12.30.2012 | Politics
Inimai Chettiar

It's that time of year again. No, not carving pumpkins, watching college football, or biting nails over the Presidential election. This month is when the government releases the two most widely cited annual reports about crime.

The Most Dangerous City In America Is...

Forbes | Daniel Fisher | Posted 10.19.2012 | Business

At a community meeting in a Lutheran church earlier this year, Detroit Mayor Dave Bing got an earful about his city’s distressingly high crime rate....

Best States for Retirement 2011

Richard Barrington | Posted 12.05.2011 | Business
Richard Barrington

Your best place to retire depends on highly personal factors. You care about proximity of friends and family, cultural and natural attractions or maybe the presence of a favorite professional sports team.

Death from Cluelessness: State Killing Machines and the Penalty of Indifference

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Carl Sagan famously said that extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. The claim that killing prisoners acts as a deterrent or keeps police safe is indeed extraordinary.