Americans' quest for "a more perfect union" starts with safe, healthy communities. Developing policies that are firmly grounded in facts and research is critical to building a vibrant civic life. Strong communities also require an understanding of our country’s history and immigration trends, participation in arts and culture, and concern for those who need a helping hand. These endeavors—all part of Pew’s mission—shape our national character, bring us together as a people, and help assure that our communities thrive.
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Most national studies of recidivism have focused on state-level inmates, who make up the bulk of the country’s incarcerated population, while overlooking the more than 54,000 offenders who leave federal prison each year. Read More
Americans overwhelmingly prioritize financial stability over economic mobility. However, recent Pew research suggests that such security is elusive: Even the most well-off households find their finances strained when they experience a financial shock—expenses or lost income they do not anticipate, such as a major car or home repair or a loss of income. Read More