Success in the Media

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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Does Occupational Training for Offenders Reduce Crime?

Prison Work Program Rated “No Effects”  Minnesota’s Affordable Homes Program is a prison work program designed to increase the availability of affordable low-income housing while training inmates in the construction industry. The program is rated “No Effects” through the US Department of Justice’s Crime Solutions database. While the program did show some significant effects on […]

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Bernie Sanders’ Mass Release of Inmates is Insane

Editorial: We strongly support the discussion of alternatives to incarceration, and reviews of sentencing policy. We are equally supportive of adequately funded offender reentry programs. But Mr. Sanders pledge to release hundreds of thousands of state prison inmates will cause incalculable harm to American society. Not only is it ridiculously harmful; it’s also wildly unconstitutional […]

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Incarceration in the US Increases

Incarceration: Despite a decade of debate over the use (or overuse) of jails and prisons in the United States, incarceration (based on raw numbers of adults in prisons and jails) in 2014 increased slightly (up 1,900).  2014 is the latest available data. There are an endless number of organizations calling for less incarceration; some advocate […]

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Jail Populations Increasingly Female and White. Females Increase 48%

On December 31, 2013, U.S. jails held an estimated 731,570 inmates. In addition to sentenced offenders and convicted offenders awaiting their sentences, this total included unconvicted men and women who had pending court action on a current charge. At yearend 2013, the nation’s local jail authorities also oversaw 46,770 people who were under community supervision, […]

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Most State Prisoners In For Violent Crimes

U.S. state and federal prisons held an estimated 1,561,500 inmates on December 31, 2014, a decrease of 15,400 prisoners (one percent) since yearend 2013, the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announced. This decline reversed the increase observed between 2012 and 2013. Twenty-three states increased their prison populations. The federal prison population accounted for […]

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