The New York Police Department has taken DNA samples from people convicted of crimes, as well as from people only arrested or questioned. The practice has exposed the Police Department to scrutiny over how the genetic material is collected and whether privacy rights are being violated.
The president is correct about Afghanistan, says the Baltimore Sun. The city’s homicide rate is actually seven times higher than Afghanistan’s, but that figure does not include the tens of thousands of deaths from the war in that country.
For the third year in a row, Missouri has the nation’s highest black homicide victimization rate, with a rate of 46.21 per 100,000, more than twice the national rate and nine times the national rate for overall homicide, says the Violence Policy Center.
After earning hundreds of thousands of dollars by moonlighting as a crime-data consultant, the LAPD veteran who pushed his department to the forefront of controversial data-driven crime-fighting tools is leaving to pursue his consulting career.
The decline parallels the drop in state and federal prison populations between 2007 and 2017, according to the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics. But about two-thirds of those confined to jail cells in 2017—roughly 425,000 people—hadn’t been convicted of any crime.
Both violent crime and property crime dropped in the first six months of 2018 from the same period in 2017, with the best improvement in both categories since at least 2014-15, preliminary FBI figures show.