“They Can’t Touch the Criminals. They Know They’re Untouchable.” Public Opinion and Crime

If offenders really believe that they are beyond the control of society and the justice system, and if we refuse to send clear messages, we are in deep trouble. Author Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of speaking for national and state criminal justice agencies. Former Senior Specialist for Crime Prevention for the Department of […]

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Science, Evidence-Based Principles, Donald Trump And Crime Control

Observations Does everyone in the criminological community religiously adhere to scientific, evidence-based principals before suggesting or implementing policy? What we want and what we can prove are two different things. That applies to Donald Trump. It also applies to the rest of us. Just as every cop is a criminal, and all the sinners saints-The […]

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Violent Crimes Are Not A Federal Priority

Observations Violent crime is not a major focus of federal law enforcement or prosecution. A small percentage of federal crimes are violent. It’s reasonable to conclude that it may be time for a new federal focus on violent crime. Author Leonard A. Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of speaking for national and state criminal justice agencies. […]

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Noncitizens, Immigrants and Crime

Observations With 65,000 non-citizens incarcerated (it was 103,000 in 2012) and 178,000 undocumented immigrants deported last year who were convicted criminals, crime and illegal immigration are connected. The Department of Homeland Security has estimated that 1.9 million noncitizens have been convicted of criminal offenses and could be deported. The unanswered question is the degree of […]

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What is Jeff Sessions’ Project Exile? Is it Effective?

Observations Is Project Exile Donald Trump’s and Jeff Sessions’ primary anti-violence effort? Launched in 1997 by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, homicides in Richmond exhibited a 22 percent yearly decline, compared with the average reduction of about 10 percent per year for other large U.S. cities. Author Leonard A. Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of speaking for […]

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President Trump, Your Base Wants Marijuana Legalized

Subtitles Trump, Jeff Sessions, Marijuana and Crime in America Mr. President, your base wants legal pot. They also want the government out of their lives. 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. Former Director […]

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Economic Criminology-Trump’s Crime Address To Congress

Observations An examination of Trump’s speech to Congress focusing on crime and justice issues. For those insisting that violent crime is not increasing, you risk being left behind in a national conversation. The rest of us have moved on to solutions. Trump understands that violent crime profoundly affects everything, including the economy and jobs. But […]

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National News Bashing Trump About New Police Report Omits Relationship

Observations There is a new organization of police executives, Law Enforcement Leaders. They submitted a report that many news sources suggest is critical of President Donald Trump and his criminal justice policies. The progressive agenda of the Brennan Center and Law Enforcement Leadership is legit; not stating the connection at the beginning of news articles […]

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Donald Trump And Crime-A Briefing Paper

Subtitles: A briefing paper on crime related topics for President-elect Trump, and everyone else. Author By Leonard A. Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of supervising public affairs for national and state criminal justice agencies. Former Senior Specialist for Crime Prevention for the Department of Justice’s clearinghouse. Former Director of Information Management for the National Crime Prevention Council. […]

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The President’s Office of Peace Officer Service

Subtitles  The President and Police Officer Deaths To police officers and others in the system, it means that their work is worthy of respect.  Author By Leonard A. Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of supervising public affairs for national and state criminal justice agencies. Former Senior Specialist for Crime Prevention for the Department of Justice’s clearinghouse. Former […]

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Is the Media Correctly Covering Crime and Fear?

Editor ‘s note: A version of this article was sent as a letter to reporters and editors who cover crime. My principle question is whether media is dismissive of crime and citizen fear of crime? Has the crime discussion been corrupted by politics to the point where it’s impossible to candidly report crime topics? Author […]

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Are Americans Wrong on Crime?

Subtitles Who gets to define the reality of crime-criminologists or the American public? Are American’s delusional as to fear? Gallup-Americans’ direct experience with crime is at a 16-year high. Author By Leonard A. Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of supervising public affairs for national and state criminal justice agencies. Former Senior Specialist for Crime Prevention for the […]

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Trump, Advocates, and the Criminal Justice System

Subtitles Polling data was wrong, and so are our perceptions of the American crime problem. If you wondered as to how Donald Trump tapped into a wave of anger at politics in Washington, you don’t have to look much further than the crime discussion. When we dismiss American perceptions, we get Donald Trump. We have […]

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