Two-thirds of female inmates have chronic medical conditions

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, […]

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1 in 35 adults in the US under correctional supervision

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 […]

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Released Prisoners Arrested or Returned to Incarceration

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 […]

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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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Sex Assaults in Prison-54 Percent of Staff Related Incidents Involved Female Employees

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.

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Lowest Number of US Prison Admissions Since 1999

In 2012, the number of admissions to state and federal prison in the United States was 609,800 offenders, the lowest number since 1999.

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Seven Million People in US Adult Corrections

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.

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What Works in Corrections

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 […]

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Employment After Prison Cuts Crime

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 […]

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Prison Programs Can Reduce Crime

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 […]

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Most convicted of felonies do not get time in prison

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 […]

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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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Violent Offenders Account for 60 Percent of Prison Growth Since 2000

Crime in America.Net For years, political and correctional systems throughout the country have been criticized for putting too many drug offenders in prison. The thought was that drug offenders had medical problems best addressed through treatment, not prison. Proponents argued that prison beds should be reserved for violent offenders. The counter argument was that many […]

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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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Correctional Programs Reduce Crime-Update-Two New Programs Offered

Crime in America.Net Hello there! If you are new here, you might want to subscribe to the RSS feed for updates on this topic. Powered by WP Greet Box WordPress Plugin Updated late December, 2010. Gentlereaders: Please see another update from our previous “What Works in Corrections” where we attempt to provide an overview of […]

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