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April 30, 2024

Pew Research Center updates its accounting of "What the data says about crime in the U.S."

John Gramlich has updated this helpful overview article on US crime realities at the Pew Research Center under the headline "What the data says about crime in the U.S."  I recommend the full piece for all the data particulars, which includes data on perceptions of crime as well as reporting rates and clearance rates.  Here is how the discussion is set up at the start of the article:

A growing share of Americans say reducing crime should be a top priority for the president and Congress to address this year. Around six-in-ten U.S. adults (58%) hold that view today, up from 47% at the beginning of Joe Biden’s presidency in 2021.

With the issue likely to come up in this year’s presidential election, here’s what we know about crime in the United States, based on the latest available data from the federal government and other sources.

April 30, 2024 at 09:48 AM | Permalink


Laken Riley could not be reached for comment.

Posted by: federalist | Apr 30, 2024 10:07:57 AM

Laken Riley is dead so of course she can't comment. Conservatives are enamored with the Laken Riley case because it involves a white woman killed by a Latino suspect that is undocumented in the quaint city of Athens, GA. Nevermind that homicides didn't spike due to undocumented immigration and this is an anomaly. These folks ignore crime in their own cities to goggle over this particular case.

This also means that there is little crime in their own communities. I am more concerned with robberies and homicides near my residence than a homicide that occurs hundreds of miles away. These middle class exurbanites are bored and this homicide cured their racist itch.

Posted by: Anon | Apr 30, 2024 10:23:19 AM

What a wide and sweeping and wrong generalization . . . . have you always thought that glibness is a substitute for erudition or is this a recent discovery?

Posted by: federalist | Apr 30, 2024 12:29:12 PM

You brought her up, not me.

Posted by: Anon | Apr 30, 2024 3:25:39 PM

So what?

Posted by: federalist | Apr 30, 2024 4:41:15 PM


Bill's excellent article on Trump.

Actually Bill, I don't think you are right--Trump has every right to abuse the justice to go after those who have wronged him. There cannot be a system where the Dems get to do this, but the GOP does not. And let's not forget about people like Peter Navarro--guilty or not doesn't really matter--you had a completely overreaching Congressional subpoena from a bogus committee. It would have cost him a lot of money to comply. Power is getting abused--those who are doing it should pay. And let's not forget the Supreme Court in all this--the Court, particularly in the Census case, decided based on "Trump did it." Now we have unique sets of rules for Trump.

Posted by: federalist | Apr 30, 2024 4:49:32 PM

federalist --

Thanks. It's good to know you're a Ringside reader.

As a general matter, revenge is an unhealthy posture for someone who wields the power of a prosecutor to take. In specific cases, redressing a wrong through legal process has much to commend it, but a tit-for-tat, prosecution-for-prosecution would, I fear, start us down a path to a place we don't want to be, and which would be hard to get off of once embarked upon.

Posted by: Bill Otis | Apr 30, 2024 11:33:43 PM

Totally understandable, but how do you live in a society where the rules are different? Eventually, that stuff leads to violence. And I for one, if sitting on a jury, may choose to exercise my power to acquit. The case in New York is, on its face, an absolute lawless exercise. Why does society have the right to demand that Trump comply with this farce? It does not.

Posted by: federalist | May 1, 2024 10:27:15 AM


I'll wait for the prosecution.

Posted by: federalist | May 1, 2024 1:28:04 PM

Doug, here's something that may be of interest:


Posted by: federalist | May 1, 2024 2:54:01 PM

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