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 […]
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 […]
For a comprehensive overview of crime in the Unites States, see http://www.crimeinamerica.net/crime-rates-united-states/ For a comprehensive analysis of crime in cities and states, see http://www.crimeinamerica.net/city-crime-rates-top-ten-cities/ Preliminary figures indicate that law enforcement agencies throughout the nation showed an overall decrease of 4.6 percent in the number of violent crimes brought to their attention for the first 6 months of […]
In JAMA Pediatrics, NIJ-funded researcher Dr. Cathy Widom discusses findings of a longitudinal study following 908 abused and neglected children and a matched control group into middle age. The study examined commonly held beliefs about the consequences of childhood sexual abuse and the likelihood that these child victims will grow up to “specialize” in […]
The FBI released details on more than 5.6 million criminal offenses reported via the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) in 2013. The Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program’s latest report, NIBRS 2013, provides a diverse scope of information about victims, known offenders, and relationships for 23 offense categories (including sex offenses). It also presents arrest data […]
More than two-thirds (68 percent) of serious violent crime victims experienced socio-emotional problems as a result of the victimization per the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS). Serious violent crime includes rape or sexual assault, robbery and aggravated assault. In the BJS National Crime Victimization Survey, socio-emotional problems are defined as the victim’s experience […]
46 percent of violent crimes reported to police. The overall violent crime rate declined slightly from 26.1 to 23.2 victimizations per 1,000 U.S. residents from 2012 to 2013, per the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS). The violent crime rate had declined for nearly two decades before increasing in 2011 and 2012. The 2013 […]
New NIJ Special Report: Mending Justice: Sentinel Event Reviews Errors in our criminal justice system inflict specific harm—an individual is wrongfully convicted, a criminal goes free, and people lose trust in the justice system. Errors are potential “sentinel events” that can signal complicated, interconnected flaws in the system. Drawing on lessons from medicine and aviation, […]
The Nation’s Two Measures of Homicide The United States uses two national data collection systems to track detailed information on homicides: the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Supplementary Homicide Reports and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Fatal Injury Reports. Both measures were developed as part of a federal effort to improve national statistical systems […]
In 2010 approximately 1 in 11 youth Internet users (9%) received an unwanted sexual solicitation in the past year.
Incarceration sentences were almost evenly divided between prison (36%) and jail (37%) in 2009. Felony convictions were more likely to result in a sentence to prison (42%) than jail (33%). Nearly all incarceration sentences for misdemeanor convictions were to jail (53%) rather than prison (3%).
Crime in America There are a variety of items on this site addressing the relationship between employment and crime and most criminologists will tell you that jobs are big factors in keeping people out of prison. See http://crimeinamerica.net/2010/05/12/jobs-for-offenders-works-to-reduce-crime-crime-in-america-net/. There is massive discrimination regarding people who have served time in prison. Quite frankly, the public does […]
Crime in America We have praised research from the Washington State Institute for Public Policy in the past as being user friendly and to-the-point. The Institute may be the most influential source of criminal justice data beyond the US Department of Justice. The summary below provides an overview of recidivism rates (in this case, convictions […]
Crime in America In 2006 (latest available data) an estimated 69 percent of persons sentenced (after conviction) in state court of a felony were sentenced to a period of confinement; 41 percent went to state prison and 28 percent went to local jails. State prisons generally hold those sentenced to a year or longer. Jails […]
Crime in America In 2006 (latest numbers available) state courts sentenced (after finding a defendant guilty) an estimated 1,132,290 people for a felony conviction. That total represents a 37 percent increase from the number of felony offenders sentenced in 1990. See http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/content/pub/pdf/fssc06st.pdf This is somewhat remarkable considering that there has been an almost continuous decrease […]