GPS and Social Media Surveillance-Best Hope for Corrections?

Observations Electronic monitoring data on reductions of technical violations and returns to prison indicate the possibility of a more effective and humane way to supervise high-risk offenders. But the only efficient way for that to happen is to staff a real-time, 24-365 operation where there are experts to evaluate the data and to come to […]

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Race and Violent Crime

Police Van Observation Half (51 percent) of violent victimizations from 2012 to 2015 were intraracial. 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 […]

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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Observations Has “nothing works” been replaced by “nothing works well?”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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Virginia’s Record Low Recidivism-Nobel Worthy or Shell Game?

Subtitles Virginia claims to have the lowest rate of returns to prison in the country. Virginia maintains a re-incarceration rate of 23.4 percent after three years. This is after two major studies over the course of six years from the US Department of Justice that claimed a 50 percent return to prison. Author By Leonard […]

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77 Percent of Prisoners Arrested For Another Crime-Few Are Specialists

Subtitles 76.6% of state prisoners released in 30 states in were arrested for a new crime within 5 years of release. Compared to other inmates, a higher percentage of those incarcerated for a violent offense were arrested for another violent crime during the 5-year period. There are few criminal specialists. Released inmates were involved in […]

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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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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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Fewer Delinquency Cases Waived to Criminal Court

For every 1,000 petitioned delinquency cases, 4 were waived to criminal court In 2011, U.S. courts with juvenile jurisdiction handled more than 1.2 million delinquency cases. More than half (54%) of these cases were handled formally (i.e., a petition was filed requesting an adjudication or waiver hearing). Of the petitioned delinquency caseload, about 1% resulted in judicial waiver to adult […]

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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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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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Should we send offenders back to prison for technical violations?

Our little secret; Governors don’t want them back. Your opinions wanted. Crime in America.Net You can tell when it’s time for term papers in college; we get lots of questions from students. This one is the value of technical violations for crime control during community supervision. To answer the question we will use the report summarizing  the Harlem […]

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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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Why Are Some Female Correctional Officers Having Sexual Encounters With Male Inmates?

Crime in America.Net A reader asks why female prison staff members are over-represented as to sexually victimizing male inmates (see report below–69 percent of victimized male inmate’s claim sexual encounters with female staff). Please note that the percentages are rather small;  an estimated 2.9 percent of male prisoners and 2.1 percent of male jail inmates […]

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Violent offenders more likely to die in local jails

New data from the US Department of Justice provides some insight as to medical and psychological issues associated with criminal offenders. The reference to violent offenders is found on page 10 (link below). Observations: No reasons are provided for the association between violent offenders and mortality, but observers of crime and justice issues note that […]

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Juvenile offenders responsible for six percent of violent felonies: Crime statistics from Crime in America.Net

Part three of an analysis of “Felony Defendants in Large Urban Counties” This is the final installment in a three-part series analyzing data of from “Felony Defendants in Large Urban Counties,” described in part one (below plus link). The research from the Bureau of Justice Statistics of the US Department of Justice is one of […]

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