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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Huge Decrease for Parolees Returning to Prison

Subtitles Huge decrease in those on parole returning to prison. Approximately 1 in 53 adults in the United States was under community supervision at year-end 2015. Parole entries increased for the first time in seven years. Parole exits increased for the first time in six years. Data indicates the lowest number of adults under community […]

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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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“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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GPS, Satellite Tracking, Electronic Monitoring and Criminal Offenders

Subtitles Is there hope for the future of community supervision? GPS tracking may be one of two programs that offer an effective strategy for monitoring offenders. GPS tracking is difficult, labor intensive and expensive (but it is cost effective). Fourth in a series of articles on parole and probation research and practice. Author By Leonard […]

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Some Offenders Believe That Justice Reforms Are BS

Subtitles: Are we playing a game of meaningless gestures? Is Ban the Box pointless? Is voting a hollow gesture? Offenders, criminals or justice-involved individuals; are labels important? Author By 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 […]

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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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What Works in Parole and Probation?

By 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 University. What Works in Parole and Probation First in a series of articles on parole and probation research and practice. Subtitles Is crime control or […]

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Do Prison Inmates Deserve Incarceration?

More Titles The American Prison Vote Project Are American prisons incarcerating the right people? Do violent or repeat offenders deserve prison? Article There are endless groups advocating for lessening or ending (at least by 50 percent) America’s reliance on prisons. “They are costly and inefficient,” many will say. “Americans have the shame of having the […]

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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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