Over on Politics SE, we often have questions about law enforcement policies and crime statistics, especially when big events related to law enforcement occur (i.e, the last couple weeks in the US). The questions about policies are fully on-topic there, but questions purely about current or historical crime statistics are a bit iffy and it'd be great to point those questions towards a site where they would be a better fit.
So, are questions regarding crime statistics on-topic here on Law? For example, this question over on Politics is what prompted me to ask this question here. It is essentially asking for crime statistics for different demographics, and while the data certainly has political implications the question is only focused on the statistics themselves. Would that sort of question be accepted here?
I haven't looked at Law much before now, but judging by most of the existing questions this sort of thing likely wouldn't be on-topic, though it's not fully clear:
- According to the help page about what's on topic, Law seems to focus solely on questions regarding specific application of laws, how individuals interact with a legal system, references to decisions, and things along those lines, and most of the questions seem to stick to that.
- I wasn't able to find anything conclusive on Law Meta. This question implies that some politics-related questions could be on topic if the focus is on the legal aspects, and this question states that general questions regarding law are on-topic, but the example on-topic questions are about applications of laws (does X count as homicide in Y jurisdiction) rather the effects of laws (how many people have been arrested for X type of homicide in Y jurisdiction).
- However, I've found a few questions that are more focused on broad statistics or research: this question asking for research comparing certain legal system aspects, this question asking for historical incarceration statistics, and the reference-request tag which is "For requests to off-site resources, statistics, and other information.", so it seems like at least some statistics questions are on-topic.