Police budget cuts-What will they do to adjust?

Crime in America.Net We have a student question; “With all the state and local and federal budget cuts, what will law enforcement agencies do to adjust?” Implied is a larger question; can they continue to offer the same levels of public safety services? Bigger question; am I safe? The driving issue in criminal justice today […]

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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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“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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Law Enforcement Fatalities Dramatically Increase in 2010

Crime in America.Net Are state and local budget cuts having an impact on police officer safety? Dear readers: There are two sources on law enforcement officer injuries and deaths, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (source at bottom of article). The Memorial Fund states, “Following a two […]

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First decline in parole and probation populations since 1980

Crime in America.Net A new report from the Department of Justice (Bureau of Justice Statistics) provides a new look at declining populations of people on state (rather than federal) community supervision.  While the differences in the percentages are not large and a core group of states account for much of the impact, the overall numbers […]

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Children killed down 80 percent in Baltimore

Crime in America.Net Dear readers: It’s rare to discover great news from local criminal agencies. While national crime statistics continue to drop, all you seem to hear from big-city systems are problems. We all understand that we cannot arrest and incarcerate ourselves out of the crime problem; as necessary as arrests and incarcerations are. But […]

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Should we send offenders back to prison for technical violations?

Our little secret; Governors don’t want them back. Your opinions wanted. Crime in America.Net You can tell when it’s time for term papers in college; we get lots of questions from students. This one is the value of technical violations for crime control during community supervision. To answer the question we will use the report summarizing  the Harlem […]

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Disbanding Police Departments-Selling Prisons-More on Criminal Justice Budget Cuts

Gentlereaders: It’s been a while since we did an update on the budget crisis and its impact on the criminal justice system. But we read daily articles from multiple news sources (see http://crimeinamerica.net/todays-crime-news-now/) regarding the problem. As previously stated on this site, budget cuts have been a reality for many jurisdictions and states for over a […]

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Is public defense in America collapsing from lack of funds?

Crime in America.Net Selected findings from a new Department of Justice study on public defender offices: One in four county-based public defender offices reported a sufficient number of attorneys to handle the incoming caseload. Nearly a quarter of all offices reported less than half the number of litigating attorneys required to meet professional caseload guidelines […]

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The Illinois Prison System: Dividing the Loaves and Fishes

Crime in America.Net The Chicago Tribune ran an article on the resignation of the director of the Illinois correctional system who instituted a series of good conduct credits to speed the release of prison inmates by 36 days. Some of the released inmates went on to commit additional crimes. Excerpts from the article: The state […]

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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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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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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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Are Violent Offenders Escaping the Criminal Justice System?

It always amazes us when people have inflated opinions about the capacities of the criminal justice system. Watch any evening television show about criminal investigation and you have a plethora of young, great looking people using the latest technology solving crimes and capturing bad guys.   They come up with more clever lines in 30 […]

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