Esquire: Just As Every Cop Is A Criminal

His Life Matters “Just as every cop is a criminal, and all the sinner’s saints,” The Rolling Stones: Beggars Banquet. Author Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of speaking for national and state criminal justice agencies. Interviewed multiple times by every national news outlet. Former Senior Specialist for Crime Prevention for the Department of Justice’s clearinghouse. Former […]

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Honesty, School And Mass Shootings

“..our best built certainties are but sand-houses and subject to damage from any wind of doubt that blows.” – “The Great Dark.” Mark Twain. Author Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of speaking for national and state criminal justice agencies. Interviewed multiple times by every national news outlet. Former Senior Specialist for Crime Prevention for […]

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Is Probation Set Up To Fail?

DC Court House Observations Is probation merely an instrument to inexpensively process millions of offenders? Within 3 years, 46 percent of felony probationers had been sent to prison or jail or had absconded. Felony cases went from 50 percent of the probation population in 2005 to 57 percent in 2015 Author Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. […]

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High Crime Residents Want More Cops-Gallup

Observations A majority of fragile-community residents (54%) say they would like the police to spend more time in their community, while just 5% say they would like the police to spend less time there. As to moving, three-fourths cite crime as a major reason (51%) or minor reason (25%) for wanting to do so. But […]

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56 Percent Say Reducing Crime Is A Top Priority

Observations 56 percent of Americans believe that crime needs to be reduced. 68 percent of Americans believe that crime is increasing. Author Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of speaking for national and state criminal justice agencies. Interviewed multiple times by every national news outlet. Former Senior Specialist for Crime Prevention for the Department of […]

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The Dubious Track Record of Offender Rehabilitation

Observations Is an honest discussion about offender rehabilitation programs possible? The collective data indicate that programs for offenders either don’t work, or make things worse, or have very limited results. If we support offender rehabilitation, we need to question current results. We need to demand better answers. If we don’t, nothing will change. Author Leonard […]

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Violent Crime Reduction Needs Context

Observations A small reduction in violent crime for the first six months of 2017 is good news, and we all hope it continues, but declaring that violent crime is declining or will decline for all of 2017 is a stretch at best. When compared to twenty years of crime data, the 2017 numbers are mushy and somewhat […]

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Prison Population Declines Need Explanation

Observations Prison populations fell considerably. Why? What are the impacts for crime and criminal justice policy? Author  Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of speaking for national and state criminal justice agencies. Interviewed multiple times by every national news outlet. Former Senior Specialist for Crime Prevention for the Department of Justice’s clearinghouse. Former Director of […]

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Your Spokesperson Can Save Your Butt

Photo of Leonard Sipes Observations To defend an agency, you have to be honest. You have to be helpful. You have to be knowledgeable. You have to available. But beyond all of this, you have to talk, explain, defend and admit errors when warranted. We are mostly good people doing honorable jobs. Why isn’t that […]

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Community Leader-Bring Back The Cops!

Police Officers Observations Will cops return to proactive policing? Is community support really there? Can trust be rebuilt? Why aren’t communities taking responsibility for their own safety? Stop asking cops to do the impossible. Author  Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of speaking for national and state criminal justice agencies. Interviewed multiple times by every […]

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Assaults On Police Officers Increase Dramatically

Observations The number of assaults on officers increased to 50,991 in 2015 and then exploded to 57,180 for 2016. The percent of officers injured increased. 554,658 police officers were assaulted from 2007 to 2016. Author  Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of speaking for national and state criminal justice agencies. Interviewed multiple times by every […]

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Crimes Americans Worry About Most

Secret Service Police Vehicle Overview When you have 20 to 40 percent of Americans worried about street crime, and 65 percent concerned about cybercrime, it explains a lot as to our crime policies and our views of criminality and criminal justice policy. Author  Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of speaking for national and state criminal […]

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Police Officer Deaths Decrease-Why?

Summary Are there fewer deaths of police officers due to cops being less aggressive? Officer deaths dropped to its lowest level in four years. Author Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of speaking for national and state criminal justice agencies. Interviewed multiple times by every national news outlet. Former Senior Specialist for Crime Prevention for […]

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68 Percent Say Crime is Increasing in the US

Overview This article provides an overview of two recent documents from Gallup, one dealing with national and local perceptions of crime (is crime increasing?) and a second focusing on fear of walking alone at night. There is no difference between Republicans and Democrats– 66% of each say there is more crime nationally. Concern that crime nationally is […]

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Violent Crime Up? New Federal Report

Overview Per “Criminal Victimization” from the Bureau of Justice Statistics for 2015 and 2016 (The National Crime Survey), violent crimes went from 5 million violent victimizations to 5.7 million violent victimizations. When examing the 2015 and 2016 rates from “Criminal Victimization,” the rate for violent crime was 18.7 in 2015 and the rate for 2016 was […]

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