Rising share of U.S. primary schools have sworn officers on the premises
An estimated 36% of U.S. public primary schools had sworn officers on site at least once a week in the 2015-16 school year, up from 21% a decade earlier.
America’s incarceration rate is at a two-decade low
At the end of 2016, there were about 2.2 million people behind bars in the U.S., amounting to an incarceration rate of 860 inmates for every 100,000 adults.
Most immigrants arrested by ICE have prior criminal convictions, a big change from 2009
Immigrants with past criminal convictions accounted for 74% of all arrests made by ICE agents in fiscal 2017.
ICE arrests went up in 2017, with biggest increases in Florida, northern Texas, Oklahoma
After years of decline, the number of arrests made by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement climbed to a three-year high in fiscal 2017.
Deep racial, partisan divisions in Americans’ views of police officers
While a large majority of Americans rate police officers positively on a 0-to-100 “feeling thermometer,” whites and blacks differ widely in their views.
Partisans Differ Widely in Views of Police Officers, College Professors
Jury duty is rare, but most Americans see it as part of good citizenship
The chances of serving on a jury in any given year are small, but most Americans still see it as part of being a good citizen.
U.S. private prison population has declined in recent years
In 2015, about 126,000 prisoners were held in privately operated facilities under the jurisdiction of 29 states and the federal Bureau of Prisons.
Immigration offenses make up a growing share of federal arrests
Federal law enforcement agencies are making more arrests for immigration-related offenses and fewer arrests for other types of offenses – including drug, property and gun crimes – than they were a decade ago.
Federal criminal prosecutions fall to lowest level in nearly two decades
Federal prosecutors filed criminal charges against 77,152 defendants in fiscal year 2016. That’s a decline of 25% since fiscal 2011.
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