Success in the Media

Archives for June 2010

Why are states abandoning drug treatment? Crime in America.Net

Newsweek offers a compelling article stating that “Treatment for drug addiction works better and costs less than imprisonment alone. So why are states abandoning it?” “Of the 2.3 million inmates in the U.S., more than half have a history of substance abuse and addiction. Not all those inmates are imprisoned on drug-related charges (although drug […]

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Car Stops and Violent Crime Control: Crime in America.Net

One of us was operating a government vehicle (a fancier version than most) in a high-crime area and was pulled over by the police. The officer explained that he had not come to a full stop at a stop sign; an exaggeration at best.The officer asked him to explain his presence in the neighborhood. He pulled […]

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High volume telephone calls mask fraud. Resources to fight fraud available.

Dear readers: Fraud continues to be one of our top inquiries as people struggle to defend themselves. It’s almost impossible to keep up with the array of computer, phone and e-mail based frauds. One of us was in the process of responding to an e-mail notification and he was ready to hit the send button […]

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Sources for Protecting yourself from Fraud and Identity Theft: Crime in America.Net

Dear readers: We were asked by a requestor to provide reliable sources of information regarding fraud, computer crimes and privacy theft. This is the list we came up with. Please feel free to add additional sources. Please see http://crimeinamerica.net/category/cybercrime/ for the latest data on these crimes. Crime in America.Net staff  http://www.privacyrights.org/fs/fs17-it.htm  Great and short overview of […]

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National State Prison Populations Decline for the First Time Since 1972

Dear readers: As predicted multiple times throughout Crime in America.Net, prison and county/city jail populations will continue to decline.  State prisons and jail systems simply do not have the money to continue the current rates of incarceration. State prison and local jail system will continue to shed population for the next five years until the recovery creates […]

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12.3 million adults and children in forced labor, bonded labor, and forced prostitution around the world

There are times when the day-to-day toll of crime seems almost too much for many communities throughout the country.  But in comparison (to the bondage numbers) there were 1,400,000 violent crimes in the United States in 2008.  Our collective national suffering from crime (as bad as it is) seems to take on an entirely new dimension when contrasted to […]

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We’re not enforcing marijuana laws? Is this a surprise to anyone? Crime in America.Net

National news networks, Sarah Palin and a small town mayor are questioning arrests for possession of small amounts of marijuana (see links below). We have endless conversations on this site and others about the legalization of marijuana. We have consistently said three things: People should not be arrested for possessing small amounts of marijuana-we have […]

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FBI 2009 Mortgage Fraud Report “Year in Review”

There are few events in the last 20 years with a more profound potential  impact on crime than mortgage fraud. There are cities and neighborhoods throughout the United States devastated by empty homes and the resulting connections with crime. There are some within the criminal justice community who feel that  the problems associated with  mortgage fraud are only […]

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Public Defense Reform–Is the Money Available?

Gentlereaders: There is a newspaper article today in Washington, D.C. addressing the fact that many individuals arrested on warrants are quickly released and returned to the streets. US Department of Justice data tells us that 60 percent of convicted felons are held for trial and the rest are returned to the community on monetary bail […]

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Most Dangerous Cities–City and State Crime Rates–Pleasing Everyone is Hard to Do

Updated with five new sources, November, 2010. We started Crime in America.Net for a variety of reasons from learning search engine marketing to providing material to our students. One of the lessons we’ve learned is that folks from the Internet do not read—they skim—and they want short and hopefully interesting/entertaining articles. Nowhere is this more […]

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Seven dollars for every dollar spent–So why don’t we support drug treatment? Crime in America.Net

The federal government has long claimed that there is a seven to one benefit ratio as to substance abuse treatment; for every dollar spent, we get seven dollars in benefits. If we were to tell you that you would get one dollar back for every dollar invested, would you buy that investment?  If General Motors […]

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Juvenile offenders responsible for six percent of violent felonies: Crime statistics from Crime in America.Net

Part three of an analysis of “Felony Defendants in Large Urban Counties” This is the final installment in a three-part series analyzing data of from “Felony Defendants in Large Urban Counties,” described in part one (below plus link). The research from the Bureau of Justice Statistics of the US Department of Justice is one of […]

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Jail-Based Treatment Programs Decline Significantly-Crime in America.Net

A reader wants to know of a recent example of budget cuts regarding programs for offenders.  There is no systematic analysis of budget cutting on any aspect of the criminal justice system yet newspaper articles are filled with examples, see http://crimeinamerica.net/category/budgetimpact/. He contacted us in reference to two recent Crime in America.Net articles, namely “Most States […]

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Older felons an increasing problem for the justice system– Crime is no longer a young man’s game—Crime in America.Net

Crime Statistics from Crime in America.Net Part two of an analysis of “Felony Defendants in Large Urban Counties” A significant tenant in criminology is that people commit less crime as they get older. In past years, people from 15 to 25 years of age had the highest number of arrests and those 25 to 39 […]

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Most States Cutting Budgets for Corrections—USA Today Warns That More Cuts May Harm National Crime Reductions

Crime in America.Net There are two prominent and recent items that address budget impacts on state criminal justice systems. One is “The Fiscal Survey of the States from the National Governors Association and the National Association of State Budget Officers” (summarized below) stating that only 12 states did not cut correctional budgets in Fiscal Year 2010 […]

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