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Don’t Panic Over Homicide Rise In Many Big Cities, Washington Post Argues

The U.S. cut its national homicide rate from 9.8 per 100,000 in 1991 to 4.5 per 100,000 in 2014, which the Washington Post calls “a dramatic social accomplishment that saved not only tens of thousands of lives but probably billions of dollars, too.” There are troubling signs this achievement may be in peril. In the 50 largest U.S. cities in 2015, the number of homicides rose 17 percent, from 4,554 in 2014 to 5,321 in 2015, reflecting increases in homicides […]

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Civil-Rights Group Protests Colleges’ Asking Applicants About Arrests

Auburn University in Alabama is one of 17 universities in the South that include broad questions on their admissions applications about any contact with the legal system or the police that applicants might have had, even an arrest with no conviction, says the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, an advocacy group. The universities are the focus of an inquiry by the organization, which says such questions unfairly penalize minorities, who tend to face arrest more frequently and, as […]