Fact Tank Aug. 2, 2013

Chart of the week: The problem of prison overcrowding

Prison overcrowding is a problem for countries around the world, including the United States, where 30,000 California prison inmates initiated a hunger strike in July to protest solitary confinement policies at the state’s prisons. Now in its fourth week, nearly 500 inmates are still refusing meals. In May, the U.S. Supreme Court ordered the state to reduce […]

U.S. Politics Jul. 22, 2013

Big Racial Divide Over Zimmerman Verdict

Blacks are much more likely than whites to express dissatisfaction with the Zimmerman verdict and much more likely to say the case raises important issues about race. Younger Americans are also far more dissatisfied with the verdict than older Americans.

U.S. Politics Jul. 15, 2013

Wide Racial Gap on Who’s Following Zimmerman Trial

The final days of the George Zimmerman trial attracted modest public interest, with 26% following the news very closely. But blacks were twice as likely as whites to say they tracked the trial “very closely.”

Fact Tank Jun. 21, 2013

Sesame Street reaches out to 2.7 million American children with an incarcerated parent

Last week, Sesame Street added a new character — Alex, a child whose father is in prison. The new feature was meant to deal with the reality of a sharp increase in the number of incarcerated adults in the U.S.

U.S. Politics Jun. 12, 2013

Sexual Assault in the Military Widely Seen as Important Issue

While very important, few believe sexual assault is a bigger problem in the military than outside it, and most say it does not reflect underlying problems with military culture.

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May. 7, 2013

Data: Gun Homicide and Violent Crime

National rates of gun homicide, non-fatal gun crime and all non-fatal violent crimes have fallen since the mid-1990s. Explore the trends by age, race and gender in this interactive.

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May. 7, 2013

Slideshow: Gun Violence in America

Key findings from the report “Gun Homicide Rate Down 49% Since 1993 Peak; Public Unaware”

May. 7, 2013

Gun Homicide Rate Down 49% Since 1993 Peak; Public Unaware

Violence plunged through the 1990s, but has declined less dramatically since 2000. Despite the drop, 56% of Americans believe gun crime is higher today than 20 years ago.

Global Jun. 20, 2012

Mexicans Back Military Campaign Against Cartels

As Felipe Calderón’s term as Mexico’s president draws to a close, Mexicans continue to strongly back his policy of deploying the military to combat the country’s powerful drug cartels, despite public unease about the moral cost of the drug war.

U.S. Politics Mar. 30, 2012

Blacks’ Views of Law Enforcement, Racial Progress and News Coverage of Race

The Trayvon Martin case has highlighted issues relating to the treatment of blacks by local police departments, the state of race relations in the U.S. and press coverage of African Americans. Pew Research Center surveys in recent years have covered the opinions of African Americans on these and other issues.