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 people associate the word “felony” with serious crimes, such as murder and assault. But in 12 states, a person can be charged with a felony for stealing an $800 bicycle because these states have felony theft thresholds—the dollar value of stolen money or goods that can result in a felony charge rather than a misdemeanor—of $750 or less. Read More
Mississippi is bolstering its successful 2014 criminal justice reforms by enacting a new law that will retroactively expand parole eligibility for certain nonviolent offenders, promote successful re-entry into their communities for those who were incarcerated, and ensure that people are not locked up because they are too poor to pay fines. Read More
Many small-business owners and managers don’t have a good feel for how much they or their employees pay in fees to their retirement plans, according to a survey conducted by The Pew Charitable Trusts. Read More