Behind the Badge
Majorities of police officers say that recent high-profile encounters between black citizens and police have made their jobs riskier and left many officers reluctant to fully carry out some of their duties.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.