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Some Offenders Believe That Justice Reforms Are BS

Subtitles: Are we playing a game of meaningless gestures? Is Ban the Box pointless? Is voting a hollow gesture? Offenders, criminals or justice-involved individuals; are labels important? Author By Leonard A. Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of speaking for national and state criminal justice agencies. Former Senior Specialist for Crime Prevention for the Department of Justice’s […]

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What Works in Parole and Probation-Minnesota Comprehensive Offender Reentry Plan

  Subtitles Does parole and probation research show declines in arrests and reincarceration? What Works in Parole and Probation? Third in a series of articles on parole and probation research and practice. By Leonard A. Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of speaking for national and state criminal justice agencies. Former Senior Specialist for Crime Prevention for […]

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Advocates: Tell Us Who Belongs in Prison

Subtitles: Is the Door is Closing on the Criminal Justice Reform Movement? What Do Americans Want Regarding Prison Policy? What do Americans Want from Cops? Author Leonard A. Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of speaking for national and state criminal justice agencies. Former Senior Specialist for Crime Prevention for the Department of Justice’s clearinghouse. Graduate-Johns Hopkins […]

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What Do Cops Want from Parole and Probation?

  What Do Cops Want from Parole and Probation? By Leonard A. Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of speaking for national and state criminal justice agencies. Former Senior Specialist for Crime Prevention for the Department of Justice’s clearinghouse. Graduate-Johns Hopkins University. Subtitles Second in a series of articles on parole and probation research and practice Parole […]

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Do Prison Inmates Deserve Incarceration?

More Titles The American Prison Vote Project Are American prisons incarcerating the right people? Do violent or repeat offenders deserve prison? Article There are endless groups advocating for lessening or ending (at least by 50 percent) America’s reliance on prisons. “They are costly and inefficient,” many will say. “Americans have the shame of having the […]

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College Educations in Prison: Misleading the Public?-Updated/Corrected

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 […]

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Does Occupational Training for Offenders Reduce Crime?

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 […]

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Incarceration in the US Increases

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 […]

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6,000 federal inmates released– states affected

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 […]

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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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