Fact TankJune 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. PoliticsJune 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.

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.

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.

GlobalJune 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. PoliticsMarch 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.

ReligionMarch 22, 2012

Video: Religion in Prisons: Event Webcast

Watch a live webcast from 12:30-1:30 p.m. highlighting the key findings of a new Pew Forum survey of professional prison chaplains. The webcast will feature a presentation by the report’s lead researchers as well as additional insights from experts who have worked with the correctional system.

ReligionMarch 22, 2012

Religion in Prisons

Professional prison chaplains see America’s state penitentiaries as places bustling with religious activity, ranging from efforts by inmates to proselytize or convert other inmates to religious switching by prisoners, according to a survey of chaplains in all 50 states.

GlobalAugust 31, 2011

Crime and Drug Cartels Top Concerns in Mexico

Less than half of Mexicans believe that their government is making progress in its campaign against the nation’s drug cartels, according to a new survey. But a big majority still supports the government’s use of the army to fight drug traffickers.