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Troubling study finds rape incidents are far higher than reported by the U.S. Census Bureau

The incidence of sexual violence is likely sharply underreported in a closely-watched barometer of US crime because of the way it’s designed, an expert panel said Tuesday. The National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), conducted by the US Census Bureau for the Bureau of Justice Statistics, put the number of rapes…

‘U.S. Peace Index’ finds most violence in conservative southern states

Southern states are more violent than any region, according to a recently released crime index created with U.S. government statistics. The Institute for Economics and Peace said the index was their first U.S. Peace Index, and pulled from data compiled by compiled by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the FBI,…

ACLU: Mississippi’s drug enforcement tactics amount to a ‘reign of terror’

Harsh sentencing policies and the use of confidential informants has created a racially discriminatory criminal justice system in Mississippi that harms innocent individuals and erodes the rule of law, according to a report released Monday by the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Mississippi. Mississippi’s drug laws force…

‘Declining’ border violence ‘throws sand in the face of’ Arizona law backers

Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Jon Kyl (R-AZ) have defended their state’s controversial new immigration crackdown on grounds of spiraling crime in Arizona due to the lack of security along the US-Mexico border. But new studies finds that spillover violence from Mexico has been “declining,” bringing into question the timing…

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