HispanicMarch 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 TankMarch 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 TankFebruary 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.

October 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 TankSeptember 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 TankAugust 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 TankAugust 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.

Fact TankAugust 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. PoliticsJuly 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. PoliticsJuly 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.”