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Human trafficking cases in the U.S. increased slightly in 2017 to 1,220 reported offenses by law enforcement, the FBI said. Texas had the highest number of cases. […] Read More

Religious bias was behind 21 percent of single-bias crimes in the U.S. in 2016, according to the FBI’s 2016 Hate Crime Statistics released on Nov. 13. “A single-bias incident is defined as an incident in which one or more offense types are motivated by the same bias,” the FBI explained. “As of 2013, a multiple-bias […] Read More

Sixty-two percent of U.S. citizens expressed dissatisfaction with the nation’s current gun laws, according to a recent Gallup poll. This strong majority represents an 11 percent increase from 2015 and the highest level of discontent in the poll’s history. “At the close of the Clinton administration [2001], dissatisfaction with gun laws was also high, at […] Read More

People who regularly visit a place of worship are less likely to be involved in low-level crime and delinquency, according to new research. The project, led by University of Manchester doctoral student Mark Littler, involved the analysis of new survey data and in-depth interviews with young members of the United Kingdom’s major faiths. Mixing with […] Read More

Slightly more than half the members of the U.S. Supreme Court believe that the Second Amendment right to own a firearm in this country is inviolable. They have now made that clear in their 5-4 decision on McDonald v. City of Chicago, striking down Chicago’s 30-year-old handgun ban and extending to all the states the […] Read More

Whether or not Bill Bennett’s offhand comment that aborting black babies would reduce the crime rate was racist, it was wrong. “[Y]ou could abort every black baby in this country and your crime rate would go down,” Bennett said on his radio program “Bill Bennett’s Morning in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags” />America.”<?xml:namespace […] Read More

Former Reagan administration education secretary Bill Bennett refused to back down from comments widely criticized as racist. Bennett, a popular social commentator with the religious right, questioned accuracy of a study that suggested legal abortion had reduced the crime rate by reducing the number of unwanted children Wednesday on his <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns […] Read More

It was hardly a century ago that social activists launched a crusade to save children from the exploitation of industry. Children, some as young as 9 years old, were often forced to work 10 and 12 hour shifts in America’s factories and foundries. Even in rural areas many children were expected to work along side […] Read More