Violent Crime Up? New Federal Report

Overview Per “Criminal Victimization” from the Bureau of Justice Statistics for 2015 and 2016 (The National Crime Survey), violent crimes went from 5 million violent victimizations to 5.7 million violent victimizations. When examing the 2015 and 2016 rates from “Criminal Victimization,” the rate for violent crime was 18.7 in 2015 and the rate for 2016 was […]

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84 Percent of Young State Offenders Recidivate-New Federal Report

Overview A new federal report offers comparisons of recidivism as to age and a variety of additional factors. For offenders age 24 or younger at the time of release, 63.2 percent of federal prisoners were rearrested within five years compared to over four-fifths (84.1%) of state prisoners. Author Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of […]

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Are Cops Holding Back? National Arrests Decrease for Most Categories

Observations Many of us from the former director of the FBI to data from Pew to research institutions to national law enforcement organizations suggest that the increase in violent crime in 2015 and 2016 is linked to cops holding back; they are not being proactive due to harsh publicity. There is a considerable decrease in national arrests […]

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Dislike Cops? No Justice No Peace

Observation Is it time to consider that our approach to law enforcement has been dysfunctional to the point where cops have lost faith in the system? The bottom line is that many officers are stating that if there is no justice, there will be no peace. They will not risk their lives for an unappreciative […]

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Police Strategies Reduce Crime-New Study

Observations The focus of this study is proactive policing (self-initiated efforts to reduce crime) versus traditional tactics such as responding to calls and routine patrol. The data indicate that most proactive police efforts reduce crime in the short run. Author  Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of speaking for national and state criminal justice agencies. […]

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Texas Shooter: Number of Accurate Criminal Records Is Staggeringly Low

Observations “According to the Department of Justice, the number of these records that are actually uploaded is staggeringly low…” ”Even the FBI acknowledges that its NCIC database is limited, noting that it contains only about 50 to 55 percent of all available criminal records…” Devin Kelley’s violent past went undocumented. He’s not the only one. […]

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Personal Crime Flat Per Gallup

Observation If you are looking for a national summation of data, violent crime is up per the FBI, property crime is down in all three indexes, and Gallup states that personal crime dropped slightly. For a comprehensive overview of crime in America, see National Crime Rates. Author  Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of speaking for […]

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118 Law Enforcement Officers Killed-57,180 Officers Assaulted

Observations The number of officers killed as a result of criminal acts in 2016 increased by 25 when compared with the 41 officers who were feloniously killed in 2015. Author Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of speaking for national and state criminal justice agencies. Interviewed multiple times by every national news outlet. Former Senior […]

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Are Offender Rehabilitation Programs Dead? New DOJ Report

Observations Has “nothing works” been replaced by “nothing works well?” With new data from the Department of Justice regarding a signature program, it seems that rehabilitation or reentry programs for offenders are on life support. Are we misleading the American public about the impact of rehabilitation programs? Please see my follow-up article, “Saving Offender Rehabilitation […]

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Why Violent Crime Increased

Observations To the tens of thousands of victims of increasing violent crime, telling them that, statistically, they have never lived in safer times seems uncouth and disrespectful. Lacking social indicators as to poverty or jobs (unemployment is currently at an all-time low), the only explanation for the rise in violent crime is the morale of […]

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As Predicted, Violent Crime Increased in 2016

Observations Numerous newspaper editorials and many advocates disputed reports of rising crime, saying that we have never lived in safer times. But hundreds of articles cited increases in violent crime for their states and cities. See Crime in America for an updated overview of violent crime in recent years. Author Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of […]

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Crime, Pessimism, Baltimore And Past Lessons

Observations Do current events influence our ability to lead and to see things clearly? Success won’t come from the media or advocates or the criminological community; it will come from the women and men of the justice system. Author Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of speaking for national and state criminal justice agencies. Interviewed […]

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Why Do We Lie About Crime?

Observation Is dishonesty an inherent part of crime discussions? Author Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of speaking for national and state criminal justice agencies. Interviewed multiple times by every national news outlet. Former Senior Specialist for Crime Prevention for the Department of Justice’s clearinghouse. Former Director of Information Services, National Crime Prevention Council. Post-Masters’ […]

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Charlottesville Riots-The Mayor and Governor Should Resign

Observations Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer equally shared the responsibility for protecting protestors and counter-protestors. The next time, we must be ready. We cannot condone their actions; we must condemn their efforts, but America is bigger than thugs with shields. More demonstrations from hate groups are coming. The publicity gathered from […]

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Crime Victimization Increases for the Elderly-Women and Disabled. Why?

Subtitles Criminal victimization increases for older Americans, women and the disabled. Arrests for older Americans and women increase. Author Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of speaking for national and state criminal justice agencies. Interviewed multiple times by every national news outlet. Former Senior Specialist for Crime Prevention for the Department of Justice’s clearinghouse. Former […]

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