Archives for September 2014

Inmates Increase in US Prisons

U.S. state and federal prisons held an estimated 1,574,700 inmates on December 31, 2013, an increase of 4,300 prisoners over yearend 2012, the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announced. This was the first increase in the state prison population reported since 2009. While the state prison population increased by about 6,300 during 2013, […]

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Six Million Violent Crimes in 2013-Crime Down

46 percent of violent crimes reported to police. The overall violent crime rate declined slightly from 26.1 to 23.2 victimizations per 1,000 U.S. residents from 2012 to 2013, per the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS). The violent crime rate had declined for nearly two decades before increasing in 2011 and 2012. The 2013 […]

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25 Million Americans Are Monthly Drug Users

From Crime in America.Net: A new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides insight into the nature and scope of substance use and mental illness issues affecting America. The report shows that 24.6 million Americans aged 12 or older were current (past month) illicit drug users – 9.4 percent of […]

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When the Criminal Justice System Screws Up

New NIJ Special Report: Mending Justice: Sentinel Event Reviews Errors in our criminal justice system inflict specific harm—an individual is wrongfully convicted, a criminal goes free, and people lose trust in the justice system. Errors are potential “sentinel events” that can signal complicated, interconnected flaws in the system. Drawing on lessons from medicine and aviation, […]

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How the United States Measures Homicides

The Nation’s Two Measures of Homicide The United States uses two national data collection systems to track detailed information on homicides: the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Supplementary Homicide Reports and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Fatal Injury Reports. Both measures were developed as part of a federal effort to improve national statistical systems […]

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56 Percent Increase in Police Officer Firearm-Related Deaths

67 law enforcement officers have been killed in the line of duty during the first half of 2014. This is a 31 percent increase over the same period in 2013 (51 officers killed).

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HISPANICS IN NEW HISPANIC AREAS EXPERIENCED HIGHER RATES OF VIOLENT VICTIMIZATION

Young Hispanics accounted for the higher rates of violent victimization in new Hispanic areas

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