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Archives for January 2011

Felony Sentences Increase During Years of Declining Crime. Why?

Crime in America In 2006 (latest numbers available) state courts sentenced (after finding a defendant guilty) an estimated 1,132,290 people for a felony conviction. That total represents a 37 percent increase from the number of felony offenders sentenced in 1990. See http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/content/pub/pdf/fssc06st.pdf This is somewhat remarkable considering that there has been an almost continuous decrease […]

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11 police officers shot in 24 hours: Please sign the pledge below.

Crime in America Gentlereaders: We recently speculated as to whether the recent rise in police officer facilities and shootings could be due to budget cuts. We read everyday about police officers being laid-off or cuts occurring within law enforcement and the entire criminal justice system. See http://crimeinamerica.net/2011/01/04/law-enforcement-fatalities-dramatically-increase-in-2010/. Recent deaths and injuries may have nothing to […]

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Half of arrestees have marijuana in their system. Drug use increases.

Crime in America We just posted another article yesterday about marijuana, see http://crimeinamerica.net/2011/01/24/marijuana-use-continues-to-increase-as-perceived-risk-decreases/. It’s always interesting to us that we could write on some of the most controversial topics imaginable yet there’s no topic that brings more e-mails and phone calls than this one. People are passionate about pot. There are plenty of people who […]

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Marijuana Use Continues to Increase as Perceived Risk Decreases

Crime in America Heavens, we were told by marijuana advocates that this wouldn’t happen; that the debate about the endless medical and recreational wonders of pot would not increase use in the general population. We were also told that marijuana use doesn’t affect the ability to drive a car and that there is no connection […]

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Police Science: Toward a New Paradigm

This National Institute of Justice publication examines the relationship between the fields of science and policing and discusses the merits of closer collaboration between them, including the implementation of more scientific, evidence-based policies and practices within the policing industry. (NCJ 228922) Full text of the report: PDF  

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Missing Persons: Volunteers Supporting Law Enforcement

This Bureau of Justice Assistance publication was developed by a focus group to reach those who manage law enforcement volunteer programs. This publication provides law enforcement volunteers with information on dealing with the media, types of missing person cases, available technology, partner organizations, and individual agency experiences with missing persons. (NCJ 233059)

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Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force Strategy and Operations e-Guide

This Office for Victims of Crime and Bureau of Justice Assistance e-Guide provides direction and promising practices on anti-human trafficking Task Force creation, structure, and enhancement and includes links to many tools, trainings, and resources for victim service providers, law enforcement agencies, and prosecutors. (NCJ 232972) Full text of the report: HTML  

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Training Available for Law Enforcement Officers

The National Institute of Justice Technology Institute for Law Enforcement will be held May 8-13, 2011, in Annapolis, Maryland. This institute provides officers an opportunity to learn about and discuss technology initiatives and issues affecting the law enforcement community. Attendance to this week-long institute is limited. Applications must be received by February 25, 2011.

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Crime Mapping Conference Registration Now Open

The Eleventh Crime Mapping Research Conference, hosted by the National Institute of Justice, will be held April 13-15, 2011, in Miami, Florida. This year’s conference will focus on solving problems with geography and technology. Workshops and plenary sessions will discuss foreclosures, geographic profiling, geographic information systems and policing, and geocoding crime data.

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Governing Science

This National Institute of Justice paper discusses the importance of understanding the particular and limited contributions that social science research methods can make to operational policing, and embracing a substantially broader range of investigative, analytic, inquiry, and intelligence techniques more generally suited to the operational demands of the profession. (NCJ 232179) Full text of the […]

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Apply for Drug Free Communities Grant

The Drug Free Communities (DFC) Request for Applications process is now open. Applicants should describe how the DFC funds will help their coalitions address substance use among youth in their communities. Live applicant workshops are available for assistance in applying for the grant. The application deadline is March 18, 2011.

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Microscopy Forensic Training Courses Available

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is sponsoring 16 new forensic microscopy training courses. The courses, offered by Hooke College of Applied Sciences, will be held in Westmont, Illinois. Courses are available to forensic trace evidence examiners employed in state or local crime laboratories. More information is available on NIJ’s Training Web Page.

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25 percent of US children have families with alcohol problems

Crime in America An estimated 25 percent of all children in the United States (about 27.8 million) are affected by or exposed to a family alcohol problem per the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. SAMSHA encourages all who share this experience to tell their stories, see the website for the National Association […]

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Juvenile Crime Prevention Programs that Save Tax Dollars

Crime in America We maintain that the best data on what works within adult and juvenile justice comes from the federal government and the Washington State Institute for Public Policy. The winner as to clarity and well written research documents goes to the state of Washington. Go to http://www.wsipp.wa.gov/ and get on their mailing list […]

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“Broke-American Justice on the Ropes”

Crime in America.Net I was called this morning and told to look at CNN. Their lead story was about Camden, New Jersey and the fact that they are in the process of laying off close to half their police department, see http://money.cnn.com/2011/01/17/news/economy/camden_police_layoffs/index.htm?hpt=Sbin. Firefighters were also being laid off. In the body of the article is […]

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