As Predicted, Violent Crime Increased in 2015

Violent crime increased for all categories during the first six months of 2015 per the FBI. What follows is part editorial and part news. Editorial: The fact that violent crime would increase in 2015 was easily foreseen. This is what we wrote on this site after the FBI released their full report on crime in the […]

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New Data Provides Better Information on Crime Victims and Offenders

The FBI released details on more than 5.4 million criminal offenses reported via the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) in 2014 (latest data available). The information is an example of the kind of  better, more comprehensive and complete crime data that the FBI is compiling. NIBRS, 2014, provides a diverse range of information about victims, […]

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Top Ten Violent Crime Metro Areas in the United States

Top Ten Violent Crime Metro Areas in the United States Based on Department of Justice Victimization Data Violent Crime Rates-2010-2012. Published in December, 2015 Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville, CA—42.8 Denver-Aurora-Bloomfield County, CO—40.2 Pittsburg, PA—37.5 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA—36.2 Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR—34.9 Kansas City, MO/KS—33.9 St. Louis, MO/IL—33.5 Baltimore-Towson, MD—30.8 Oklahoma City, OK—30.7 Providence-New Bedford-Fall River, RI/MA—30.2 Editor’s Note: We previously published […]

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Top Ten Violent Crime Counties in the United States

Top Ten Violent Crime Counties in the United States Based on Department of Justice Victimization Data Violent Crime Rates-2010-2012. Published in December, 2015 Sacramento County, CA—44.1 Allegany County, PA—42.4 Philadelphia County, PA—41.4 Honolulu County, HI—39.4 Pima County, AZ—36.1 Dallas County, TX–35.9 Riverside County, CA—34.4 Alameda County, CA—33.5 Marion County, IN—30.6 Salt Lake County, UT—29.7 and […]

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Crime Rates for States, Metro Areas and Counties Compared for the First Time Using Victim Data

Editor’s Note: This is the first time that the Department of Justice, using the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), have offered comparison data of states, counties and metropolitan areas (not cities). The data within this report that will be of interest to most readers is contained on pages 44-47 where crime rates (2010-2012) are offered […]

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Hate Crimes Down-Race, Religion and Orientation Lead

Editor’s note: The 2016 release of the Hate Crimes Statistics report, which will contain 2015 data, will feature even more information—expanded bias types in the religion category and the added bias type of anti-Arab under the race/ethnicity/ancestry category. The collection of both types of data began in January 2015. According to the FBI’s latest report, […]

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1 in 52 adults on parole or probation. 4.7 million supervised

The one-percent decline in the number of adults supervised in the community on probation or parole between year-end 2013 and 2014 marked the seventh consecutive year of decline in the population, per the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS). In the past seven years, adults under community supervision declined between 0.5 percent and 2.6 percent annually, […]

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44 Million Annually Stoped by Police-1.6% Experienced Force-Blacks Three Times More Likely to Experience Force

In a study released  by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), an annual average of 44 million U.S. residents age 16 or older had one or more face-to-face contacts with police from 2002 to 2011, and an estimated 1.6 percent experienced the threat or use of nonfatal force during the most recent contact. About three-quarters […]

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Black men received roughly 5% to 10% longer prison sentences than white men

During an 8-year period between 2005 and 2012, black men received roughly 5% to 10% longer prison sentences than white men for similar crimes, after accounting for the facts surrounding the case per a US Department of Justice funded study. While there has been a trend toward more lenient sentences overall, white males have seen larger […]

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Are Cops Under Siege? FBI Director’s Remarks

There is a debate throughout the United States as to the reason(s) for rising crime, especially in select major sites, with some predicting an increase in violent crime for the first time in several years, see http://www.crimeinamerica.net/crime-rates-united-states/. Recent remarks from James B. Comey, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation at the University of Chicago Law School in Chicago, IL on October […]

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28% of deaths that occurred in the process of arrest not documented

After the passage of the Death in Custody Reporting Act (DICRA) of 2000, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) began collecting data on deaths that occurred in the process of arrest. Provisions in the 2000 DICRA called for collecting all deaths occurring within the process of arrest in any state, county, or local law enforcement […]

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Aggravated Assaults and Rape Increased in 2014-Violence Rate Declines 1 Percent

Will violent crime increase in 2015? Some suggest that it will. See http://www.crimeinamerica.net/crime-rates-united-states/ for a discussion.  The estimated number of violent crimes in the nation decreased 0.2 percent in 2014 when compared with 2013 data, according to FBI figures released today. Property crimes decreased by 4.3 percent, marking the 12th straight year the collective estimates for these […]

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Most State Prisoners In For Violent Crimes

U.S. state and federal prisons held an estimated 1,561,500 inmates on December 31, 2014, a decrease of 15,400 prisoners (one percent) since yearend 2013, the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announced. This decline reversed the increase observed between 2012 and 2013. Twenty-three states increased their prison populations. The federal prison population accounted for […]

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5.4 million violent victimizations in 2014-violent crime rate decreases

The violent crime rate did not change significantly in 2014 compared to 2013, per the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS). Violent crimes include rape or sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault and simple assault. Violent crime rates decreased from 2013 (23.2 victimizations per 1,000) to 2014 (20.1 per 1,000). The BJS report did not include homicides […]

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Kids Are Drinking Less-Alcohol Consumption Down Significantly

  A new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) shows a significant decline in the level of past month (current) underage alcohol consumption, as well as a drop in underage binge drinking. The report shows that level of current underage drinking among those aged 12 to 20 decreased from 28.8 […]

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