Pennsylvania led the five states which recorded the largest number of denials, according to a Bureau of Justice Statistics study of national data on firearms background checks released this week. The data showed the overall 1.4 percent denial rate in 2015 has stayed roughly the same over the two decades since passage of the Brady Act.
FiveThirtyEight noticed that the FBI’s 2016 Uniform Crime Report, the first released under the Trump administration, was missing 70 percent of the data tables that were included in past editions. The feds fired back, alleging a “false narrative” and claiming that plans to “streamline” the report date to 2010. FiveThirtyEight’s data sleuths are not convinced.
In response to charges by a police captain that Los Angeles police is underreporting violent crime, Police Chief Charlie Beck says, “If I’m cooking the books, I’m not doing a good job,” pointing to a 4 percent increase in reported violent crime this year. The lawyer for the captain makeing the charge says she has “absolute proof” of “false crime statistics.”
The firearm death rate rose to 12 deaths per 100,000 people last year, up from 11 per 100,000 in 2015, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Before that, the rate had hovered just above 10.
Twenty-two percent of Americans say a crime was committed against their household in the previous year, the lowest total since 2001. Over the past decade, the percentage reporting their household was victimized by any of seven different crimes averaged 26 percent and never dropped below 24 percent, says the Gallup polling organization.
According to a joint report released by the Prison Policy Initiative and the ACLU, 60% of women in jail have not been convicted of a crime and are awaiting trial. Incarcerated women have lower incomes than incarcerated men, and have a harder time affording cash bail, say the report’s authors.
The Columbus Dispatch finds three different agencies with murder statistics for the city ranging from 91 to 106 last year. “I would hope I never go under the knife with a surgeon who is as accurate as your murder numbers,” said Thomas Hargrove of the Murder Accountability Project.
A new quantitative study of felony populations between 1948 and 2010, issued by the Population Association of America, represents the first attempt to offer a comprehensive view of states-level criminal punishment in the United States, across both demographic and geographic lines.