Measures for Justice: ‘America, How Are We Doing?’

A free data portal to be launched next week will provide the first–ever window into how justice is done (or not done) at the county level. Founder Amy Bach tells TCR how it can be used by anyone who intersects with the criminal justice system, from prosecutors and journalists to ordinary Americans.

Police Vehicle Chases Killed One a Day Over 20 Years

Federal highway data shows more than 7,000 deaths resulting from police vehicle pursuits between 1996 and 2015. A Bureau of Justice Statistics analysis shows that fatalities peaked in 2006 and 2007, but USA Today has reported that the data likely understate the death toll because some police reports don’t disclose chases.

Needed: Better National, Local Data on Shootings

President Trump yesterday ordered an evaluation of the “availability and adequacy of crime-related data,” and ways to improve data collection that “will aid in the understanding of crime trends and in the reduction of crime.” Better data would be a welcome development, says crime statistics analyst Jeff Asher.

Trump Was Wrong on Philadelphia, Chicago Murders

Mayor Jim Kenney called President Trump a purveyor of “fake facts” when Trump said murders in Philadelphia were “terribly increasing.” In fact, the city had 277 homicides last year compared with 280 the year before, and the total used to be much higher. The President also falsely stated that two people were murdered while then-President Obama gave his farewell speech in Chicago.