Success in the Media

Repeat Felons Dominate the Criminal Justice System—Most Convicted Felons do not Serve Time in Prison—Part One

Crime Statistics from Crime in America.Net In the nation’s 75 largest counties, an estimated 58,100 defendants were charged with a felony offense in one month–May of 2006. About two-thirds of these felony defendants were charged with a drug or property offense, while 23% had charges for violent offenses, such as murder, rape, robbery, or aggravated […]

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Crime News:Parole and Probation-One Out of Forty-five Adults Are Under Supervision

Crime News from Crime in America.Net Gentlereaders: As you walk through a crowd in just about any major metropolitan area, you have a one on forty-five chance of being in the company of a criminal offender on community supervision. When you consider the “churn” of offenders going into and leaving the criminal justice system, we […]

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Violence Prevention:Target High Risk Offenders But Help the Rest

Gentlereaders: The debate throughout the country regarding parole and probation supervision is treatment versus enforcement. The discussion is decades old without resolution. With recent and encouraging research in offender treatment and reentry, it seems that we can help offenders who want to be helped to become tax payers rather than tax burdens. Maybe the debate is […]

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Mental Health Courts Show Promise in Reducing Criminal Behavior

Dear Colleagues: The section of this report on recidivism indicates that mental health courts reduce future criminality. While the evidence is preliminary, it plus data on drug courts suggests that the judiciary has a role to play in crime control.  Crime in America.Net Martha Plotkin: (240) 482-8579, [email protected] Elizabeth Dodd: (646)383-5749, [email protected] September 24, 2009 […]

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Focusing on the High Risk Parolee

2009–Pew Center for the States Executive Summary One out of every 45 adults in the United States is under some form of criminal justice supervision in the community.1 These offenders commit a disproportionate share of the nation’s street crime: recent national statistics indicate that more than half of jail inmates were on probation, parole or […]

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Gun Violence Programs: Project Safe Neighborhoods

Project Safe Neighborhood (PSN) is a nationwide program aimed at reducing gun violence in the United States. A National Institute of Justice funded evaluation of the effectiveness of this major multiyear, multiagency crime prevention initiative found: Reduced violent crime overall in PSN cities; reductions were greater in cities with a high-level of federal prosecution.A decline […]

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Program helps identify likely violent parolees

Program helps identify likely violent parolees By Faye Flam Philidelphia Inquirer Staff Writer As part of an attempt to fight crime, Philadelphia is now the subject of an experiment never tried in another city: A computer is forecasting who among the city’s 49,000 parolees is likeliest to rob, assault, or kill someone. Since March, the […]

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Police operation targets high-crime districts

Police operation targets high-crime districts By Troy Graham Inquirer Staff Writer Philadelphia Police Capt. Daniel Castro stood at roll call, pointing out sections of the 24th and 25th Districts. These are two of the city’s most violent pockets, and on this Friday night, officers would hit them hard. On the table in front of him […]

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Foundation stymied in tackling street crime

By Maria Cramer, Boston Globe Staff | July 1, 2009 The Boston Foundation’s ambitious $26 million proposal to fight crime by focusing on the city’s most dangerous gang members has become mired in early fund-raising problems and growing discontent among community leaders who believe they are being denied a role in the effort. “We’re not […]

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Study of Effective Correctional Programs: Crime News

The Washington State Institute for Public Policy conducted a study to identify evidence-based options to reduce crime and criminal justice costs. The study examined 545 comparison group evaluations of adult corrections, juvenile corrections and prevention programs. The study included two phases. The first phase identified programs that work using meta-analytic procedures to evaluate the evidence. […]

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Report summarizes what has been learned about efficacy of drug courts.

Crime in America.Net meta terms” Crime prevention, crime news, crime statistics, criminal justice resources Drug Courts The Sentencing Project has released a report that summarizes what has been learned about efficacy of drug courts. Their analysis found that most evaluations indicate that drug court graduates are less likely to be rearrested than individuals processed through […]

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Study of the Chicago CeaseFire Program

CRIME PREVENTION In this study of the Chicago CeaseFire program, Skogan, Hartnett, Bumb, and Dobois incorporated both process and outcome components to examine the implementation and impact of the program. CeaseFire is a program designed to reduce shootings and killing by using trained “interrupters” to help change the behavior of those individuals with a high […]

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Attorney General Holder’s Remarks- Rethinking Federal Sentencing Policy

Attorney General Holder’s Remarks for the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice and Congressional Black Caucus Symposium “Rethinking Federal Sentencing Policy 25th Anniversary of the Sentencing Reform Act” Washington, D.C. Wednesday, June 24, 2009 Congressman Conyers, thank you for your kind introduction. It is my pleasure to join this esteemed group of federal […]

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Thirty Cities Try New Crime Prevention Program

By GARY FIELDS of the Wall Street Journal At least 30 cities are expected to announce Monday that they are joining an unorthodox crime-fighting program that relies on persuasion, rather than arrests, to cut down on criminal behavior. The initiative, run by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, targets violent crime and open-air drug […]

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