One of the main findings of the latest revised FBI report is that hate crimes against people of Asian descent rose by 76 percent in 2020 — furthering the FBI’s finding that 60 percent of hate crimes were carried out on the basis of an individual’s race.
The increase in investigations, prosecutions and convictions was largely driven by firearms possession offenses, according to a study by the Urban Institute. The average length of a prison sentence declined over the same period.
According to Barry Latzer, a professor emeritus at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, statistics often used to support the idea that police act with a racial bias are flawed. A more comprehensive analysis suggests that “whites are significantly more likely to be killed by police than Blacks,” he argues.
Adding an additional note of urgency to reports about the homicide spike last year, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released data on Wednesday showing that the murder rate for the U.S. rose 30 percent between 2019 and 2020, the highest increase recorded in modern history.
According to a survey of 157 police agencies by the Police Executive Research Forum, the total number of homicides increased by 12 percent in the first seven months of 2021, compared to the same period in 2020. That represented more than half the increase recorded in a similar period between 2020 and 2019. Carjackings also increased and robberies continued to decline.
The rise in homicides last year, which became a focus of media narratives about a new post-pandemic crime wave, was an “outlier,” says a new report that explores crime rates in 22 states and the District of Columbia.
At least 11 states now have automatic record expungement laws, but stories of arrests and even mugshots last forever on the internet―unless media outlets and criminal justice advocates can agree on consistent policies.
Some 82 percent of people released from state prisons in 2008 across 24 states were arrested at least once during the 10 years following release. But according to data analyzed by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the annual recidivism rate has been declining.