Success in the Media

Archives for August 2010

Alcohol Use Stable Over Past 70 Years

Dear readers: Alcohol use is heavily connected to violent crime; more than any other substance. The connection is unremarkable noting the frequency of alcohol consumption; the more a substance is used, the more it will show up in crime statistics (this also applies to marijuana). Please note that crime statistics increase and decrease from year to year […]

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Marijuana: People Do Incredibly Stupid Things Under the Influence

Dear Readers: The commentary below was created for the Los Angeles Times and was not on the website of the Office of National Drug Control Policy at the time of this post, thus the article is offered as the Times ran it. The link to the Times article is http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-0825-kerlikowske-marijuana-20100825,0,5131241.story. The commentary takes on the proposed legalization […]

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Crime Scene Investigations: Everything You Want to Know But Were Afraid to Ask

Everything you wanted to know about crime scene investigations but were afraid to ask.  Our students are mesmerized with CSI Cleveland and all other television shows showing beautiful young people solving crimes using the latest technology. There are two things to keep in mind. The first is that the CSI series and its clones are […]

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Correctional Programs Reduce Crime: Crime in America.Net

Gentlereaders: Please see an update from our previous “What Works in Corrections” where we attempt to provide an overview of evidence-based corrections programs. This article summarizes data as to the effectiveness of correctional programs regarding reductions in recidivism (returns to the criminal justice system via arrest, prosecution or incarceration). Note that most states define recidivism […]

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Mental Health Courts Lower Recidivism

Gentlereaders:  The research continues the generally positive results from speciality courts focusing on an array of criminal justice issues like drugs, probation violations, prisoner reentry and mental health issues.  There is a point where the Department of Justice should take a harder look as to why so many court-related programs are claiming success. In all probability, […]

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The Drug-Crime Connection Remains Strong. Marijuana is the Prominent Drug

Whenever we post statistics about the marijuana-crime connection, we get a ton of e-mails from disbelievers who feel that any connection is completely overblown. The principal research for the marijuana-crime connection is the Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring (ADAM II) program (see below) which consistently states that, out of all illegal drugs, marijuana has the strongest […]

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Successful Prison-Based Substance Abuse Treatment

Dear readers: The study continues a long line of research stating that substance abuse treatment works to reduce recidivism. Unfortunately, it’s in the same unreadable style the academic community loves to create but it does contain a valuable overview of previous substance abuse literature. The results were modest but effective.  Crime in America.Net   The Minnesota […]

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Taking a Pig and calling it a Princess:American Justice and The Economist

Crime in America.Net The Economist is on a tear; it published endless examples in a series of articles of people going to prison for trafficking flowers or lobster tails and every conceivable innocuous act known to mankind.  Use the search engine of your choice and combine “Economist” with prisons or crime. Most views will require […]

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56 officers died in traffic-related events-the science of roadside safety

Dear readers: The issue of roadside safety is of immense importance to law enforcement and fire companies. Did you ever see the videos of police cars hit from behind by drivers going full speed but were distracted enough to plow into standing emergency vehicles? Those of us in the law enforcement community debate what it […]

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Bank Robberies Decrease-Nine Million Stolen-Three Percent Involve Violence

FBI Releases Bank Crime Statistics for First Quarter of 2010 During the first quarter of 2010, there were 1,183 reported violations of the Federal Bank Robbery and Incidental Crimes Statue, a decrease from the 1,521 reported violations in the same quarter of 2009.1 According to statistics released today by the FBI, there were 1,160 robberies, […]

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Five States Have the Highest Rates for Feeling Unsafe at School: Crime in America.Net

Information released by the Centers for Disease Control-High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey indicates the following: Nationally, 5.0 percent of students, “Did not go to school because they felt unsafe at school or on their way to or from school on at least 1 day” (during the 30 days before the survey). High School Youth […]

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Successful offender reentry program in San Diego

The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) recently released its third annual report on the San Diego Prisoner Reentry Program. The key program components are based on best practices and include conducting screenings and assessments and providing case management and services to meet identified needs. The report describes the program implementation, outlines the research methodology, […]

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Rural States Have Highest Rates for Teenage Rape: Crime in America.Net

Information released by the Centers for Disease Control-High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey indicates the following: Nationally, 10.5 percent of girls and 4.5 percent of boys state that they were “Ever forced to have sexual intercourse.” The five states with the highest percentages of female students raped include: 1. Arkansas: 18.5 2. Alaska: 17.9 3. […]

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