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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Return to Prison (Recidivism) Rates for the UK-America-California

Gentlereaders: We recently posted rates of recidivism for the state of California and attached them to an existing page displaying national recidivism for the United States.  As a result of this article, a gracious reader sent this article (below)  regarding recidivism in the United Kingdom. Recidivism is measured differently by jurisdictions and usually refers to people on parole […]

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San Francisco has highest recidivism rate in California—78 percent go back to prison.

The report below comes from KALW news, a public radio station serving the San Francisco and Oakland areas. It’s really great to see a radio station retake the mantle of news reporting. The summary is extracted from their report. See http://informant.kalwnews.org/2010/11/whos-going-back-to-prison-again-and-again/#more-3193. National prisoner recidivism data is offered below. Crime in America.Net KALW report: San Francisco […]

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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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