Success in the Media

Offender Recidivism: Do Violent Offenders Recidivate More?

Observations The mast majority of offenders released from prison return to the criminal justice system based on arrests, convictions, and incarcerations. The crime upon conviction just doesn’t seem to make that much of a difference. Age upon release plus criminal history and possibly sex seem to be the main drivers of recidivism. Can prison rehabilitation or […]

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Returns to Prison Vary Greatly By State

Observations There are major differences in the numbers of people on parole and probation returned to prison when examining state data. If the vast majority of those released from prison are rearrested, and fifty-five percent return to prison, and if most are violent or multi-repeat felony offenders, how can states be returning different numbers of […]

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Why The Vast Difference Between State and Federal Prison Recidivism?

Observations Federal offenders (in eight years) had less than half the returns to prison than states (after five years). Over an eight-year follow-up period, almost one-half of federal offenders (49.3%) were rearrested for a new crime or rearrested for a violation of supervision conditions compared to 76.6% of all state prisoners after five years. Over […]

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Do Longer Prison Sentences Reduce Recidivism? Federal Drug Trafficking Recidivism is Much Lower Than State Returns

Observations A new report from the United States Sentencing Commission examines a group of 10,888 federal drug trafficking offenders released from US prisons and examines the percent of rearrests after eight years. The rearrest rate for the federal drug trafficking prisoners studied after release (eight years at 50 percent) is much lower than all state […]

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Jail Inmates Decrease by 93,000 Inmates-2,700,000 Fewer Admissions to Jails When Compared to Peak Years

Author Leonard A. Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of speaking for national and state criminal justice agencies. Former Senior Specialist for Crime Prevention for the Department of Justice’s clearinghouse. Former Director of Information Services, National Crime Prevention Council. Post-Master’s certificate-Johns Hopkins University. End of Series on Correctional Populations This is the last in a series of […]

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US Prison Population Declined by 88,000-Most Are Violent Or Repeat Offenders

Observations 1% of adult males are serving federal or state prison sentences of greater than 1 year. Fifty-three percent of state prisoners are currently serving time for violent offenses. Criminal history would push that figure much higher. Those released from state prisons showed little change, (down less than 1% from 2014). Fewer intakes are driving […]

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659,000 Fewer People Under Correctional Supervision-Big Drops in Jail-Probation-Prison Populations

Author Leonard A. Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of speaking for national and state criminal justice agencies. Former Senior Specialist for Crime Prevention for the Department of Justice’s clearinghouse. Former Director of Information Services, National Crime Prevention Council. Graduate-Post Master’s degree-Johns Hopkins University. Observations By correctional supervision, we mean those on community supervision (parole and probation), […]

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Virginia’s Record Low Recidivism-Nobel Worthy or Shell Game?

Subtitles Virginia claims to have the lowest rate of returns to prison in the country. Virginia maintains a re-incarceration rate of 23.4 percent after three years. This is after two major studies over the course of six years from the US Department of Justice that claimed a 50 percent return to prison. Author By Leonard […]

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77 Percent of Prisoners Arrested For Another Crime-Few Are Specialists

Subtitles 76.6% of state prisoners released in 30 states in were arrested for a new crime within 5 years of release. Compared to other inmates, a higher percentage of those incarcerated for a violent offense were arrested for another violent crime during the 5-year period. There are few criminal specialists. Released inmates were involved in […]

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Donald Trump And Crime-A Briefing Paper

Subtitles: A briefing paper on crime related topics for President-elect Trump, and everyone else. 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 Department of Justice’s clearinghouse. Former Director of Information Management for the National Crime Prevention Council. […]

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“Nothing Works” in Corrections Replaced by “Nothing Works Well?”

Subtitles Do offender rehabilitation programs significantly reduce crime? Fifth in a series of articles on parole and probation research and practice. If swift but certain programs don’t work, we may be out of options. Author By Leonard A. Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of supervising public affairs for national and state criminal justice agencies. Former Senior Specialist […]

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What Works in Parole and Probation-Minnesota Comprehensive Offender Reentry Plan

  Subtitles Does parole and probation research show declines in arrests and reincarceration? What Works in Parole and Probation? Third in a series of articles on parole and probation research and practice. By Leonard A. Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of speaking for national and state criminal justice agencies. Former Senior Specialist for Crime Prevention for […]

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Advocates: Tell Us Who Belongs in Prison

Subtitles: Is the Door is Closing on the Criminal Justice Reform Movement? What Do Americans Want Regarding Prison Policy? What do Americans Want from Cops? Author Leonard A. Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of speaking for national and state criminal justice agencies. Former Senior Specialist for Crime Prevention for the Department of Justice’s clearinghouse. Graduate-Johns Hopkins […]

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College Educations in Prison: Misleading the Public?-Updated/Corrected

College Educations in Prison: Misleading the Public?-Updated/Corrected We strongly support programs in prison that offer a chance to end the monstrously high rate of return to the criminal justice system either through arrest or reincarceration. According to US Department of Justice data, two-thirds (sixty-seven percent) of offenders were arrested for “serious” crimes. Fifty-two percent of […]

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Recidivism Among Federal and State Offenders

Summary This report provides a broad overview of key findings from the United States Sentencing Commission’s study of recidivism of federal offenders. The Commission studied offenders who were either released from federal prison after serving a sentence of imprisonment or placed on a term of probation in 2005. Nearly half (49.3%) of such offenders were […]

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