Juvenile Delinquency Cases Decline in the US

In 2011 (latest data) juvenile courts in the United States handled more than 1.2 million delinquency cases that involved juveniles charged with criminal law violations. From 1985 through 1997, the number of delinquency cases climbed steadily (62%) and then fell 34% from 1997 through 2011. Juvenile courts handled 7% more cases in 2011 than in 1985. This overall pattern of […]

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Crime in America Decreases in 2014

For a comprehensive overview of crime in the Unites States, see http://www.crimeinamerica.net/crime-rates-united-states/ For a comprehensive analysis of crime in cities and states, see http://www.crimeinamerica.net/city-crime-rates-top-ten-cities/ Preliminary figures indicate that law enforcement agencies throughout the nation showed an overall decrease of 4.6 percent in the number of violent crimes brought to their attention for the first 6 months of […]

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Violent Crime Declines 70 Percent. Crime Rates and Totals–United States–Crime in America

Updated, September, 2011 There are two primary sources for crime data in the United States. The first is crime reported to law enforcement agencies, processed at the state level and reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Many criminologists see this data as an index of serious crimes that are reported to police. The problem is […]

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Do declines in school dropout rates affect crime?

Crime in America The data presented below is from “Trends in High School Dropout and Completion Rates in the United States: 1972–2008” from the US Department of Education. The data provides different findings for different groups but in essence, dropout rates “…trended downward…from 1995 through 2008.” As for income, “In the last 13 years (1995–2008), […]

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Use of cell phones cuts crime

Crime in America Last January we credited the use of cell phones with reductions in crime. We said, “There are some within the crime prevention community who feel that increased use of personal cell phones coincides with national reductions in crime.” We do not believe our observation was unusual. Throughout criminological history there are those […]

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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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The Amazing Twenty-Year Drop in American Violent Crime Continues: December 2010 Update

Crime in America.Net staff. Dear Readers: The FBI today released data for the first six months of 2010. The numbers reveal a continuing decrease in all categories of violent and property crime. We’re not quite sure we can add anything to the discussion that’s not already on Crime in America.Net. It’s simply amazing when crime […]

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Crime in mid-size metropolitan areas rising faster than larger metro areas

Crime in America.Net Dear readers. We keep getting inquiries about city and state crime comparisons and we keep saying that it’s really difficult to make accurate assessments.  See http://crimeinamerica.net/city-crime-rates-top-ten-cities/ for a discussion. But what many are looking for is purely understandable; you’re seeking to information to keep you and your family safe or you’re looking […]

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Children killed down 80 percent in Baltimore

Crime in America.Net Dear readers: It’s rare to discover great news from local criminal agencies. While national crime statistics continue to drop, all you seem to hear from big-city systems are problems. We all understand that we cannot arrest and incarcerate ourselves out of the crime problem; as necessary as arrests and incarcerations are. But […]

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Is criminal history related to future criminality?

Crime in America.Net Dear readers: A student asks if recidivism (an offender’s return to prison or higher sanctions)  is connected to criminal history. She is asking whether a lengthy criminal history is a predictor of future criminality. Her second question is whether programs can have an impact on individuals with an extensive criminal history. Impact […]

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Violent crime in America–lowest levels since 1973. Americans in cities remain confused.

Dear readers: In a day of huge budget cuts to criminal justice agencies and overall economic doom and gloom, crime continues to do down throughout America. Generally speaking, its been going down for the last 20 years. But every time we post national crime data (see below) about decreasing crime we get calls and e-mails from […]

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What works in policing

Crime in America.Net One of the biggest complaints from the law enforcement community is the lack of authoritative documents distilling the best methods of crime control. If you contacted the Department of Justice’s clearinghouse and ask for such documents in the past you got a rambling bibliography. The National Institute of Justice of the US […]

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The Amazing Twenty Year Drop in American Violent Crime Continues—Crime in America.Net

Violent crime continues to drop in America according to the latest statistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Of the last 20 years, violent crime rose only during 1991, 2005 and 2006. See http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/cius2009/data/table_01.html. For those of us who lived and worked through the dramatic rises in crime in the 1960’s and 1970’s and the crack-cocaine […]

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Correctional Programs Reduce Crime: Crime in America.Net

Gentlereaders: Please see an 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 incarceration). Note that most states define recidivism […]

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Mental Health Courts Lower Recidivism

Gentlereaders:  The research continues the generally positive results from speciality courts focusing on an array of criminal justice issues like drugs, probation violations, prisoner reentry and mental health issues.  There is a point where the Department of Justice should take a harder look as to why so many court-related programs are claiming success. In all probability, […]

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