Marshall Project

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The different trends in American crime

Crime is up? Crime is down? It depends on who you ask and where. The Marshall Project analyzed violent crime trends over the past 40 years to show how things are moving across the country. In the process, we were struck by the wide variation from community to community. To paraphrase an aphorism about politics, all crime is local. Each city has its own trends that depend on the characteristics...

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Predictive policing

Crime and data have an old history together, but because there are new methods of collection and analysis these days, there are new decisions to make. The Marshall Project, in collaboration with the Verge, looks at the current state of predictive policing and the social issues that surround it. As predictive policing has spread, researchers and police officers have begun exploring how it might contribute to a version of policing...

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Human side of executions

There are ample records of executions in the United States, but looking at them through the data lens can feel disconnected and horribly robotic. In a more humanized view of the subject, The Next to Die by the Marshall Project provides context for those next scheduled for execution. On one side, a person is scheduled to die. On the other, the person did horrible things. It's complex and the project...

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Criminal sentencing with probabilities and uncertainty

Pennsylvania is considering the use of risk assessment — the chances that someone will commit a crime in the future — in criminal sentencing. Risk assessment is already used in every state to some regard, so why not extend the concept? FiveThirtyEight and The Marshall Project look at the WTF-ness of this question. It's worth reading the full feature, but two interactives that help understand the statistics is of special...

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