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Pimps in Washington, DC, had average weekly cash incomes of $11,588 between 2005 and 2011

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.

Source: 2014, Estimating the Size and Structure of the Underground Commercial Sex Economy in Eight Major US Cities
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Cutting mandatory minimum sentences in half could save almost $2.5 billion in 10 years

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.

Source: 2013, Stemming the Tide: Strategies to Reduce the Growth and Cut the Cost of the Federal Prison System
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64% of Sierra Leoneans in 2008 believed their local council cared for their community’s needs     

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.

Source: 2014, Local Government Discretion and Accountability in Sierra Leone
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15% of Americans were living in poverty in 2012, the highest rate in 50 years

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.

Source: 2013, Poverty in the United States
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White-on-black homicide is 10 times as likely as black-on-white homicide to be ruled justified

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.

Source: 2013, Race, Justifiable Homicide, and Stand Your Ground Laws: Analysis of FBI Supplementary Homicide Report Data
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The federal gas tax has held steady at 18.4 cents since 1995

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.

Source: 2012, Gas Taxes, Gas Prices, and Fuel Economy
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