The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s latest Uniform Crime Report found that the overall crime rate fell for the 15th year in a row in 2016. It also found the national murder rate increased, due in part to upticks in cities like Chicago.
Civil rights and voting rights groups filed a motion asking for the full Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to review the merits of Texas’ appeal from a lower court ruling that the state’s voter ID law was passed with the intent to discriminate.
Brennan Center findings dismantle a key resource that Trump’s “Election Integrity” Commission relies on to justify baseless claims — by President Trump and some of the panel’s members — of rampant voter fraud.
This analysis from the Brennan Center estimates that the overall crime rate and the violent crime rate will be at their second-lowest levels since 1990. These findings directly undercut any claim of a national crime wave.
With Gov. Bruce Rauner's signature, 80 million Americans — one in four — now live in a state where the reform has been approved. In Illinois, the legislation had passed by a unanimous vote in both chambers earlier this summer.