Fact TankJanuary 11, 2017

Q&A: How Pew Research Center surveyed nearly 8,000 police officers

Read an interview with Senior Editor Rich Morin and Senior Research Methodologist Andrew Mercer, who were involved in our groundbreaking police officer survey.

Fact TankJanuary 5, 2017

Federal prison population fell during Obama’s term, reversing recent trend

Obama is on pace to become the first president since Carter to leave the White House with a smaller federal prison population than when he took office.

Fact TankDecember 28, 2016

U.S. ends year with fewest executions since 1991

Just five states – Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Missouri and Texas – accounted for all 20 executions in the U.S. in 2016.

Fact TankNovember 21, 2016

Anti-Muslim assaults reach 9/11-era levels, FBI data show

There were 91 reported aggravated or simple assaults motivated by anti-Muslim bias in 2015, just two shy of the 93 reported in 2001.

Fact TankNovember 16, 2016

Voters’ perceptions of crime continue to conflict with reality

Despite double-digit decreases in U.S. violent and property crime rates since 2008, most voters say crime has gotten worse during that span.

September 29, 2016

The Racial Confidence Gap in Police Performance

Blacks and whites in the U.S. disagree over police performance and differ on the causes of fatal encounters between blacks and police.

Fact TankApril 22, 2015

America’s death row population is shrinking

While most Americans continue to favor the death penalty for murder convictions, far fewer people are receiving death sentences than in years past.

Fact TankAugust 12, 2014

Vast majority of blacks view the criminal justice system as unfair

Seven-in-ten blacks said that blacks in their community were treated less fairly than whites in dealings with the police, according to a 2013 Pew Research Center survey.

Fact TankJuly 14, 2014

Despite recent shootings, Chicago nowhere near U.S. ‘murder capital’

The biggest cities, such as Chicago, tend to have the most murders, but when population is factored in smaller cities tend to have the highest murder rates.

Fact TankJune 17, 2014

Why timely, reliable data on mass killings is hard to find

Several government agencies and nonprofit groups gather and publish data on school shootings and other public mass killings. But because of data lags and differing definitions, getting a clear read on overall trends is surprisingly hard.