College Educations in Prison: Misleading the Public?-Updated/Corrected We strongly support programs in prison that offer a chance to end the monstrously high rate of return to the criminal justice system either through arrest or reincarceration. According to US Department of Justice data, two-thirds (sixty-seven percent) of offenders were arrested for “serious” crimes. Fifty-two percent of […]
Prison Work Program Rated “No Effects” Minnesota’s Affordable Homes Program is a prison work program designed to increase the availability of affordable low-income housing while training inmates in the construction industry. The program is rated “No Effects” through the US Department of Justice’s Crime Solutions database. While the program did show some significant effects on […]
Incarceration: Despite a decade of debate over the use (or overuse) of jails and prisons in the United States, incarceration (based on raw numbers of adults in prisons and jails) in 2014 increased slightly (up 1,900). 2014 is the latest available data. There are an endless number of organizations calling for less incarceration; some advocate […]
The US Sentencing Commission modified its guidelines affecting 46,000 federal inmates with drug distribution charges to be released (after judicial review) approximately two years early with 6,000 being released now throughout the country. The breakdown of the 6,000 by state of release is below. Approximately 25 percent of those released are not US citizens and will be […]
An estimated 40 percent of state and federal prisoners and jail inmates reported having a current chronic medical condition in the 2011–12 per the National Inmate Survey from the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS). Chronic conditions involve persistent health problems that have long-lasting effects and include noninfectious medical problems, such as cancer, high blood pressure, […]
The female jail population has been the fastest growing correctional population. The number of persons under adult correctional supervision fell by 41,500 persons during 2013, dropping to 6.89 million by yearend per the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS). The decline in the correctional population (down 0.6 percent) was less than 1 percent for the second […]
Crime in America.Net Updated in November of 2014. Update of a 2010 article. We have a reader request; she asks about recidivism of people released from prison (arrests, convictions, returns to prison). The report below summarizes the four principle studies: April, 2014 study from the Bureau of Justice Statistics Following Prison Releases for Three and […]
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, […]
Correctional administrators reported 8,763 allegations of sexual victimization in prisons, jails and other adult correctional facilities in 2011, More than half (54 percent) of all substantiated incidents of staff sexual misconduct and a quarter (26 percent) of all incidents of staff sexual harassment were committed by female staff.
In 2012, the number of admissions to state and federal prison in the United States was 609,800 offenders, the lowest number since 1999.
The total U.S. correctional population (on probation, parole, in prison or jail) decreased for the fourth consecutive year during 2012 (down 51,000 offenders or 0.7 percent), the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announced today. This was the smallest decrease in the population since 2009.
Crime in America.Net Updated spring of 2011. Gentlereaders: Please see another 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 […]
Crime in America There are a variety of items on this site addressing the relationship between employment and crime and most criminologists will tell you that jobs are big factors in keeping people out of prison. See http://crimeinamerica.net/2010/05/12/jobs-for-offenders-works-to-reduce-crime-crime-in-america-net/. There is massive discrimination regarding people who have served time in prison. Quite frankly, the public does […]
Crime in America We have praised research from the Washington State Institute for Public Policy in the past as being user friendly and to-the-point. The Institute may be the most influential source of criminal justice data beyond the US Department of Justice. The summary below provides an overview of recidivism rates (in this case, convictions […]
Crime in America In 2006 (latest available data) an estimated 69 percent of persons sentenced (after conviction) in state court of a felony were sentenced to a period of confinement; 41 percent went to state prison and 28 percent went to local jails. State prisons generally hold those sentenced to a year or longer. Jails […]