Archives for August 2015

5.4 million violent victimizations in 2014-violent crime rate decreases

The violent crime rate did not change significantly in 2014 compared to 2013, per the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS). Violent crimes include rape or sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault and simple assault. Violent crime rates decreased from 2013 (23.2 victimizations per 1,000) to 2014 (20.1 per 1,000). The BJS report did not include homicides […]


Inmate Deaths Increase For Three Consecutive Years

For the third consecutive year, the number of inmates who died while in the custody of local jails or state prisons increased. A total of 4,446 inmates died in 2013, an increase of 131 deaths since 2012. The number of deaths in local jails and prison decreased an annual average of 2% between 2008 and […]


Police Foot Patrols Reduce Crime

Do police foot patrols work? The studies evaluated by the US Department of Justice (below) seem to say yes. Program Goals Late during the first decade of the 21st century, violent crime levels rose to epic proportions in Philadelphia, PA. As of 2008, there had been more than a hundred shootings recorded in the city […]