In Connecticut, a formula helps make bail decisions

The state’s bail system aims to protect public safety and make sure people show up for court using the “least restrictive” manner possible, so understanding the risks posed by each defendant is a key part of that system. It turns out, there’s a formula to help with that.

A gentle introduction to APIs for data journalists

API data can provide a rich source for journalists and data scientists, and I think I’ve found the simplest API on the web to get you started. In this article, we’ll take a REST API run by the FAA to provide airport status information and write an API wrapper for it so we can access the data in future code. You should have some comfort writing code, and experience with Python if you want to follow along but the principles can be applied in any programming language. Python is pretty readable if you can write code in any language.

Religion mapped across America’s counties

December is a big month for religious followers. Evangelical Protestants outnumber other religious adherents in more than half the counties in the country, or about 1766. Catholics are second, with about 800 counties where they outnumber others. With the most followers in about 500 counties, Mainline Protestants is third.