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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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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