Who’s Right on Crime?

Observations Antonin (Anthony) Scalia (deceased) and Ruth Bader Ginsburg (current) were friends and Associate Justices for the U.S. Supreme Court. They were fierce ideological opponents. Both agreed that their friendship and willingness to debate made their Supreme Court decisions stronger, and their personal lives better. We need to move from argument winning to problem-solving. Author Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five […]

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Improve Police Public Relations or Fail

Observations The Heritage Foundation offerers a new report on crime and justice. The justice system needs to do a better job of telling our story. We need to control our own message. We need to distribute it directly to the public. It’s not rocket science. A billion fourteen years old’s take and lift video to […]

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Why Violent Crime Increased

Observations To the tens of thousands of victims of increasing violent crime, telling them that, statistically, they have never lived in safer times seems uncouth and disrespectful. Lacking social indicators as to poverty or jobs (unemployment is currently at an all-time low), the only explanation for the rise in violent crime is the morale of […]

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Crime, Pessimism, Baltimore And Past Lessons

Observations Do current events influence our ability to lead and to see things clearly? Success won’t come from the media or advocates or the criminological community; it will come from the women and men of the justice system. Author Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of speaking for national and state criminal justice agencies. Interviewed […]

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Why Do We Lie About Crime?

Observation Is dishonesty an inherent part of crime discussions? 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 Services, National Crime Prevention Council. Post-Masters’ […]

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Why Do We Lie About Increasing Violence?

Observations It’s so obvious that violent crime is increasing that when I’m told otherwise, I get nauseous. Note: Crime reports for the United States for all of 2016 will be offered in September and October. Author Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of speaking for national and state criminal justice agencies. Interviewed multiple times by […]

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Police Versus Media Bias

Observations Vox argues that “American policing is broken. Here’s how to fix it” I argue that the media is broke. Here’s How to fix it. 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 […]

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Vox: Just As Every Cop is a Criminal

  “Just as every cop is a criminal, and all the sinners saints,” The Rolling Stones: Beggars Banquet. 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 […]

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Charlottesville Riots-The Mayor and Governor Should Resign

Observations Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer equally shared the responsibility for protecting protestors and counter-protestors. The next time, we must be ready. We cannot condone their actions; we must condemn their efforts, but America is bigger than thugs with shields. More demonstrations from hate groups are coming. The publicity gathered from […]

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Hate Crimes Decline Per US Department of Justice

Subtitles Hate crime declined in the US. The rate of hate crime victimizations did not change significantly from 2004 to 2015. Most hate crimes involved race. Religion was a small percentage of hate crimes. More than half (53%) of hate crime victimizations were against whites. Hispanics had the highest rate of hate crimes Victims knew […]

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“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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Negative Publicity Affects Policing Per FBI and Pew

Subtitle Are Cops Backing Down? The FBI and Pew Say Yes. Introduction We have reports regarding the perceptions of police officers from two reputable organizations. Both focus on observations regarding personal assessments, negative publicity, and performance. Author Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of speaking for national and state criminal justice agencies. Former Senior Specialist for […]

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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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Is Negative Media Coverage of Cops Hurting Crime Control?

Subtitles Pew: There is a widespread feeling among officers that police are mistreated by the media. Pew: About eight-in-ten officers (81%) say the media generally treat the police unfairly. 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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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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