Changing Cops?

New Perspectives in Policing Paper Building positive connections with the community cannot only improve police work, but also officer safety. In the latest New Perspectives in Policing paper, Sue Rahr and Stephen K. Rice discuss how power used inside a police department can signal to officers how they are expected to behave on patrol. The […]

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Fewer Delinquency Cases Waived to Criminal Court

For every 1,000 petitioned delinquency cases, 4 were waived to criminal court In 2011, U.S. courts with juvenile jurisdiction handled more than 1.2 million delinquency cases. More than half (54%) of these cases were handled formally (i.e., a petition was filed requesting an adjudication or waiver hearing). Of the petitioned delinquency caseload, about 1% resulted in judicial waiver to adult […]

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Life imprisonment sentences are rare in the federal criminal justice system

Life imprisonment sentences are rare in the federal criminal justice system. Virtually all offenders convicted of a federal crime are released from prison eventually and return to society or, in the case of illegal aliens, are deported to their country of origin. Yet in fiscal year 2013 federal judges imposed a sentence of life imprisonment […]

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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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Crime in America Decreases in 2014

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 […]

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Do child victims of sexual abuse become sex offenders?

  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 […]

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Most crime occurs at home, roads, parking lots, schools and bars per FBI/NIBRS

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 […]

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The Devastating Impact of Violent Crime on Victims

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 […]

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Six Million Violent Crimes in 2013-Crime Down

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 […]

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When the Criminal Justice System Screws Up

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, […]

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How the United States Measures Homicides

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 […]

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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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