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Recidivism Rates High Among Federal Offenders: Study

Nearly 64 percent of federal offenders who had been convicted of violent offenses and were released in 2005 were rearrested for a new crime or for a violation of their supervision conditions within the next eight years, the U.S. Sentencing Commission reports. That compared to a rearrest rate of 39.9 percent by nonviolent offenders.

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Do Perks for Doctors Fuel Opioid Deaths?

Drug companies’ multimillion-dollar-marketing campaigns have been held responsible for the substance-abuse associated with overprescribing of opiate painkillers. Now a new study links the promotions with higher levels of mortality, and calls for regulations curbing the use of perks like free meals.

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Alaska Leads Nation in Gun Deaths: Study

States with weak gun violence prevention laws and high rates of gun ownership experienced some of the highest per capita rates of gun deaths, says the Violence Policy Center based on newly released 2017 data. Hawaii has the nation’s lowest gun-death rate.

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Homicide and the Compassionate Cop

Responding to a shooting is a high-tension event for police. But it can also be a moment for building community trust—if survivors, eyewitnesses and family members of victims are treated with more empathy and respect, according to the Urban Institute.

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Undocumented Population from Mexico Declines, Report Says

While President Trump has focused attention on his proposed border wall, the number of undocumented residents from Mexico decreased by nearly 400,000 from 2016 to 2017, reports the Center for Migration Studies. From 2010 to 2017, the undocumented population from Mexico fell by what the center calls a remarkable 1.3 million.