Success in the Media

“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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Inmate Deaths Increase For Three Consecutive Years

For the third consecutive year, the number of inmates who died while in the custody of local jails or state prisons increased. A total of 4,446 inmates died in 2013, an increase of 131 deaths since 2012. The number of deaths in local jails and prison decreased an annual average of 2% between 2008 and […]

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Females confined in jails increase by 18 percent-males decline-jails in the US

County and city jails held an estimated 744,600 inmates at midyear 2014, which was significantly lower than the peak population of 785,500 inmates at midyear 2008 per the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS). The number of females confined in county and city jails increased by 18 percent between midyear 2010 and 2014. During that same […]

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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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Released Prisoners Arrested or Returned to Incarceration

Crime in America.Net Updated in November of 2014. Update of a 2010 article. We have a reader request; she asks about recidivism of people released from prison (arrests, convictions, returns to prison). The report below summarizes the four principle studies: April, 2014 study from the Bureau of Justice Statistics Following Prison Releases for Three and […]

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Inmates Increase in US Prisons

U.S. state and federal prisons held an estimated 1,574,700 inmates on December 31, 2013, an increase of 4,300 prisoners over yearend 2012, the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announced. This was the first increase in the state prison population reported since 2009. While the state prison population increased by about 6,300 during 2013, […]

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