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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 America.” “That would be an impossible, ridiculous and […] 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 Salem broadcast radio program. Bennett […] 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