archive archive archive archive archive archive archive

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 […]


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 […]


Despite Crime Rise On NYC Subways, It Is One Of World’s Safest Systems

An elderly woman is in stable condition after she was slashed on the face while riding a subway train in Manhattan yesterday, reports the Christian Science Monitor. A southbound number 6 train was approaching Bleecker Street around 7:15 a.m., when a man sitting across from the woman got up and slashed the left side of her face with an unknown object, police said. The assailant fled. Though the incident shines a spotlight on a rise in subway violence, as well […]


Will A Rising Crime Rate Hamper Drive To Reduce Mass Incarceration?

The violent crime increase in the first half of 2015 reported by the FBI this week is a lot less worrisome when you remember that the nation’s violent crime rate is still roughly half what it was two decades ago, says NPR. Police Chief Robert Handy of Huntington Beach, Ca., tells NPR that people are used to the new normal of lower crime rates, something he believes was achieved with the “Broken Windows” approach to policing. Handy and some other […]