One child in every 25 in the United States is abused or neglected

The fourth cycle of the National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect collected data in 2005–2006. The National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect (NIS) reports information on children harmed or believed to be harmed by maltreatment. Child maltreatment includes physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, and physical, emotional, and educational neglect by a caretaker. While the NIS does include children who were […]

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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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Gangs in the United States

Gangs in the United States: In 2012, there were an estimated 30,700 gangs (an increase from 29,900 in 2011) and 850,000 gang members (an increase from 782,500 in 2011) throughout 3,100 jurisdictions with gang problems (down from 3,300 in 2011). Gang Homicides: The number of reported gang-related homicides increased 20 percent from 1,824 in 2011 to 2,363 in 2012 Trends […]

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60 percent of children in America are exposed to violence, crime, or abuse

A Department of Justice study shows that 60 percent of children nationwide are exposed to violence, crime, or abuse; consequences include poor school performance, drug and alcohol abuse, long-term physical and psychological harm, and risk of future victimization and suicide.

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Juvenile arrests for violent crimes reach historically low levels

Juvenile arrests for violent crimes fell 29% in the past 5 years The FBI assesses trends in violent crimes by monitoring four offenses that law en­forcement agencies nationwide consis­tently report. These four crimes—murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault— form the Violent Crime Index. Following 10 years of declines between 1994 and […]

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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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Juvenile Crime Prevention Programs that Save Tax Dollars

Crime in America We maintain that the best data on what works within adult and juvenile justice comes from the federal government and the Washington State Institute for Public Policy. The winner as to clarity and well written research documents goes to the state of Washington. Go to http://www.wsipp.wa.gov/ and get on their mailing list […]

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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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Female juvenile delinquency doubled since 1985 while males rise 30 percent

The juvenile justice system exists to protect the child, not to enforce public safety. That statement alone is enough to cause consternation and confusion. There are endless stories of people under the age of 18 terrorizing communities; so to state that the justice system exists to protect the child is a shocking revelation to many […]

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Underage Drinking Hospital Visits Nearly Double over the 4th of July Weekend

There’s not much more to mention here beyond the fact that underage drinking leads a lot of young people into contact with the criminal justice system.  All of us with law enforcement experience came into contact with underage drinkers; it’s not unusual for marijuana use to be connected.  The typical case involves stupidity; loud noise or […]

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Nearly All 11th and 12th Graders Believe Their Peers Are More Likely to Drink and Drive on Prom and Graduation Nights

Less Than One-Third Think Driving on These Nights Is Dangerous Crime statistics from Crime in America.Net As if we as parents didn’t have enough to worry about. When teens drink, they tend to drink a lot (averaging five drinks–see link at bottom). Students may be more likely to drink and drive on prom and graduation nights, […]

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70 percent of youth report past traumatic experience including physical or sexual abuse

Gentlereaders: Findings from the survey of youth in residential placement. Crime in America.Net The findings below are based on a recent document from the US Department of Justice regarding interviews with a nationally representative sample of 7,073 youth in custody during spring 2003. If one wonders why we have high levels of crime in America, one […]

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More than 1.5 million American children have fathers in prison: Crime News

Crime News: On December 15, 2009, the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and Attorney General Eric Holder cohosted a Fatherhood Town Hall Meeting at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. The Town Hall session discussed the importance of fatherhood and focused on ways in which the criminal justice system can support the reentry […]

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Do Decreases in Child Abuse Explain Decreases in Violent Crime? Crime News

In January we posted an article on why crime rates were falling. We stated that there was no universal explanation for crime rates regardless as to whether they were rising or falling. We admitted that this was confusing to people not in the justice system; the criminological community simply cannot agree on the factors associated […]

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Crime News:Reduction of bullying in schools

Anti-bullying programs in schools are often effective, according to a new Campbell review School bullying, increasingly a topic of both public concern and research efforts, has a serious impact on children – both mentally and physically. Different programs have been implemented to combat the problem but have rarely been evaluated. The authors of a new […]

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