5 facts about crime in the U.S.

BY JOHN GRAMLICH from Fact Tank Donald Trump made crime-fighting an important focus of his campaign for president, and he cited it again during his inaugural address in January. With the White House and Justice Department announcing steps to address violence in American communities, here are five facts about crime in the United States. 1Violent…

Does Your School Arrest Students?

by Cory Turner from NPR Niya Kenny pulled out her cell phone and began recording. It happened in 2015, after a classmate had refused to hand over her own cell phone during class and was being pulled from her chair by a police officer based at their school, Spring Valley High School in Columbia, S.C.…

Chicago’s Murder Rate Is Rising, But It Isn’t Unprecedented

By Rob Arthur from FiveThirtyEight Donald Trump sent a tweet last night decrying Chicago’s murder rate and threatening to “send in the Feds” unless it goes down. Chicago’s murder rate is high, and it has risen significantly in the last two years. But the recent rate of killings is not unprecedented: During the mid-1990s, Chicago…

Reducing Prejudice, One Sitcom at a Time

By Tom Jacobs from Pacific Standard Meryl Streep’s public upbraiding of Donald Trump at Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards was another reminder that the entertainment industry has little love for the president-elect. Eloquent statements aside, however, is there anything Hollywood can do to negate the damage done by Trump’s prejudice-fueled campaign? In fact, there is: Create…