Blacks have long outnumbered whites in U.S. prisons. But a significant decline in the number of black prisoners has narrowed the gap.
More than a third of the states that allow executions haven’t carried one out in at least 10 years or, in some cases, much longer.
St. Louis led the nation with 66.1 murders per 100,000 people in 2017. It was followed by Baltimore, Detroit, New Orleans and Baton Rouge.
Pope Francis has changed the Catholic Church’s teaching to fully oppose the death penalty. Read key facts about the death penalty in the U.S. and abroad.
As the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag turns 5 years old, a look at its evolution on Twitter and how Americans view social media's impact on political and civic engagement
Public support for the death penalty, which reached a four-decade low in 2016, has increased somewhat since then. Since 2016, opinions among Republicans and Democrats have changed little, but the share of independents favoring the death penalty has increased 8 percentage points.
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.
Immigrants with past criminal convictions accounted for 74% of all arrests made by ICE agents in fiscal 2017.
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.
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.