Key stats, graphs, and maps on economic and social policy
Pimps in Washington, DC, had average weekly cash incomes of $11,588 between 2005 and 2011
The estimated revenues of America’s underground sex economies range from $39.9 million in Denver to $290 million in Atlanta.
Cutting mandatory minimum sentences in half could save almost $2.5 billion in 10 years
Reducing mandatory minimums for drug offenders alone would reduce prison overcrowding to the lowest it has been in decade.
64% of Sierra Leoneans in 2008 believed their local council cared for their community’s needs
After a 10-year civil war, the nation’s people are more confident in government due to decentralization and peaceful elections.
15% of Americans were living in poverty in 2012, the highest rate in 50 years
The poverty rate was roughly as high as it has been in any year since 1965, but it lower than one might expect post-recession.
White-on-black homicide is 10 times as likely as black-on-white homicide to be ruled justified
Homicides with a white perpetrator and a black victim are more likely to be ruled justified than when the races are reversed.
The federal gas tax has held steady at 18.4 cents since 1995
Though the federal gas tax hasn’t changed, the average state gas tax has ranged from 21 to 29 cents per gallon since 2000.