U.S. Politics Apr. 2, 2014

America’s New Drug Policy Landscape

Two-thirds of Americans now say that the government should focus more on providing treatment for drug users, and 63% say states moving away from mandatory sentences for non-violent drug offenders is a good thing.

Fact Tank Apr. 2, 2014

Feds may be rethinking the drug war, but states have been leading the way

Faced with overcrowded prisons and soaring correctional costs, states are rethinking how to define and punish drug crimes.

Fact Tank Mar. 28, 2014

Lower support for death penalty tracks with falling crime rates, more exonerations

Over the past half-century, public support for the death penalty has generally tracked increases and declines in rates of violent crime.

Hispanic Mar. 18, 2014

Growth in Unlawful Reentry Cases Drives Rise in Federal Crimes

Between 1992 and 2012, the number of offenders sentenced in federal courts more than doubled, driven largely by a 28-fold increase in the number of unlawful reentry convictions.

Fact Tank Mar. 18, 2014

In 2013, 59% of deported immigrants convicted of a crime

President Obama ordered a review of immigration enforcement policies last week, following weeks of growing pressure from Democrats and Latino leaders, one of whom recently called him “deporter in chief.” As the number of unauthorized immigrants sent home nears two million under his administration, the president met with advocates late on Friday and acknowledged deportations […]

Fact Tank Feb. 21, 2014

More hate crimes motivated by victims’ ethnicity

In about half of the cases of reported hate crimes, victims believed their ethnic background motivated the offender.

Oct. 15, 2013

Crime rises among second-generation immigrants as they assimilate

Second-generation immigrants are just “catching up” with the rest of us, a new study says.

Fact Tank Sep. 6, 2013

Incarceration gap widens between whites and blacks

Black men were more than six times as likely as white men in 2010 to be incarcerated in federal and state prisons, and local jails.

Fact Tank Aug. 13, 2013

Americans skeptical of value of enforcing marijuana laws

Roughly three–in-four Americans say government efforts to enforce marijuana laws cost more than they are worth.

Fact Tank Aug. 5, 2013

Even in white collar crime, female crooks face a glass ceiling

A study finds that female white-collar crooks face the same glass ceiling as their law-abiding peers in the corporate world: they typically hold inferior positions to men, rarely are in charge and make significantly less money for their dirty deeds than their male accomplices.