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Feds, States Denied 226,000 of 17 Million Gun Applications in 2015: BJS Study

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.

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Most Hate Crimes Not Reported to Police: BJS

U.S. residents experienced an average 250,000 hate crime victimizations annually between 2004 and 2015, the Bureau of Justice Statistics reported today. Between 2011-2015, some 54 percent of the cases were handled privately, through non-law enforcement, or were not considered important enough to report officially.

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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.

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Corrections Reform Isn't Just About Cutting Prison Populations

Population data just released by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) show a continued modest decline in the number of people supervised in U.S. correctional systems, averaging a 1 percent decrease annually from 2007 to 2014. This reduction is somewhat greater than the decline in the prison population for this period, and in large part it reflects changes in the number of people under probation supervision. While in recent years there has been an increasing focus on challenging mass incarceration, […]

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BJS Reports Slight Decrease in Correctional Population

The total U.S. correctional population—including people serving prison and jail sentences and those on probation and parole—decreased by 0.8 percent (52,200 people) from 2013 to 2014, according to a report released yesterday by the Bureau of Justice Statistics. Researchers attribute the slight drop to a decline in the number of people under community supervision, which has decreased by an average 1.2 percent per year since 2007. But the number of inmates in prisons and jails increased by about 1,900 in […]

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20% Of Inmates Spent Time In Restricted Housing

Almost 20 percent of inmates in federal prisons and 18 percent of inmates in local jails spent time in restrictive housing, such as solitary confinement, in 2011 and 2012, the Bureau of Justice Statistics announced today. A significant portion of the inmates who had been placed in restrictive housing within the last year (nearly 30 percent of the prison inmates and 22 percent of the jail inmates) had symptoms of serious psychological distress. Among inmates who spent time in restrictive […]

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U.S. Overall Prison Population Declines Slightly

The nation’s inmate count declined one percent last year, the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics said today. The federal prison system accounted for about one-third of the decrease, amid a drive to reduce the sentence lengths for some drug offenders. Overall, there were 1,561,500 prisoners at the end of 2014. With approximately 745,000 people also held in local jails as of midyear 2014, the national total behind bars is about 2.3 million—making the U.S. the world leader in incarceration. Many […]

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National Violent Crime Totals Steady Last Year, Survey Finds

The nation’s violent crime rate did not change significantly in 2014 compared with the previous year, the annual federal crime victimization survey found. Property crime, which includes burglary, theft, and motor vehicle theft, dropped from 131.4 victimizations per 1,000 households to 118.1 per 1,000, largely because of a decline in theft. The report is based on a survey of households and differs from compilations issued by the FBI, which are based on reports to police departments. Many big cities have […]