1 in 11 youth Internet users received a sexual solicitation

In 2010 approximately 1 in 11 youth Internet users (9%) received an unwanted sexual solicitation in the past year.

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42 percent of felony convictions result in a sentence to prison. 33 percent go to jail

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%).

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Employment After Prison Cuts Crime

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 […]

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Prison Programs Can Reduce Crime

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 […]

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Most convicted of felonies do not get time in prison

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 […]

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Felony Sentences Increase During Years of Declining Crime. Why?

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 […]

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First decline in parole and probation populations since 1980

Crime in America.Net A new report from the Department of Justice (Bureau of Justice Statistics) provides a new look at declining populations of people on state (rather than federal) community supervision.  While the differences in the percentages are not large and a core group of states account for much of the impact, the overall numbers […]

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Correctional Programs Reduce Crime-Update-Two New Programs Offered

Crime in America.Net Hello there! If you are new here, you might want to subscribe to the RSS feed for updates on this topic. Powered by WP Greet Box WordPress Plugin Updated late December, 2010. Gentlereaders: Please see another update from our previous “What Works in Corrections” where we attempt to provide an overview of […]

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Crime in mid-size metropolitan areas rising faster than larger metro areas

Crime in America.Net Dear readers. We keep getting inquiries about city and state crime comparisons and we keep saying that it’s really difficult to make accurate assessments.  See http://crimeinamerica.net/city-crime-rates-top-ten-cities/ for a discussion. But what many are looking for is purely understandable; you’re seeking to information to keep you and your family safe or you’re looking […]

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State and national crime statistics for the last 50 years

Crime in America.Net Dear Readers: Below you will find what may be one of the best tools available to look at and manipulate-analyze crime data in the United States, individual states or for groups of states. You can look at rape in the United States since 1960 by rate or total or you could compare […]

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New City Crime Comparisons: Do You Believe the Data?

Crime in America.Net We have updated information comparing crime in cities for 2009 from CQ Press using  data from the FBI’s “Crime in the United States.” For the complete list of comparisons, see http://os.cqpress.com/citycrime/2010/City_crime_rate_2010-2011_hightolow.pdf. See more information on this website regarding a comprehensive overview of crime rankings for cities, state and countries at http://crimeinamerica.net/city-crime-rates-top-ten-cities/. We […]

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Return to Prison (Recidivism) Rates for the UK-America-California

Gentlereaders: We recently posted rates of recidivism for the state of California and attached them to an existing page displaying national recidivism for the United States.  As a result of this article, a gracious reader sent this article (below)  regarding recidivism in the United Kingdom. Recidivism is measured differently by jurisdictions and usually refers to people on parole […]

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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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CSI Television Shows a Fraud. Crime Scene Evidence Collection Limited

Crime in America.Net Finding from study below: “Crime scene evidence was a consistent predictor of arrest across all crimes, but a very low percentage of arrests actually had physical evidence examined before the arrest.” I was a new police officer in field-training (fresh from the academy). I and an older-experienced officer went to the scene […]

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What works in policing

Crime in America.Net One of the biggest complaints from the law enforcement community is the lack of authoritative documents distilling the best methods of crime control. If you contacted the Department of Justice’s clearinghouse and ask for such documents in the past you got a rambling bibliography. The National Institute of Justice of the US […]

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