Repeat Victims Represent 50 Percent of Violent Crime

Observations It’s up to us within the criminal justice system to identify repeat victims and those with high rates of victimization to provide counseling, victim assistance and guidance to keep them safe. Author Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of speaking for national and state criminal justice agencies. Interviewed multiple times by every national news […]

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Can Communities Control Crime? The Baltimore Experiment

Subtitles “Are you saying you can’t keep your hood safe?” Cops want communities to take responsibility for their own crime problems. Gang members called Ceasefire organizers to say they would not engage in violence, Bridgeford said. Corner boys said their blocks would stay quiet. Author Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of speaking for national […]

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The Disabled and Vulnerable Groups Have Higher Rates of Violent Crime

Summary The rate of serious violent crime for persons with disabilities was more than three times the rate for persons without disabilities. People perceived as “vulnerable” are victimized more. Author Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of speaking for national and state criminal justice agencies. Former Senior Specialist for Crime Prevention for the Department of […]

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“They Can’t Touch the Criminals. They Know They’re Untouchable.” Public Opinion and Crime

If offenders really believe that they are beyond the control of society and the justice system, and if we refuse to send clear messages, we are in deep trouble. Author Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of speaking for national and state criminal justice agencies. Former Senior Specialist for Crime Prevention for the Department of […]

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Firearm-Gun-Assault Weapon-Handgun Use in Violent Crime

Observations The vast majority of violent crimes do not involve firearms. “About 70 percent of all homicides and eight percent of all nonfatal violent victimizations (rape, sexual assault, robbery and aggravated assault) were committed with a firearm.” When firearms are used, the overwhelming majority are handguns. About one percent of victims in all nonfatal violent […]

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Crime Victims by Age Widespread-Those Age 66 and Above Have High Numbers

Subtitles Those age 66 and above have the highest raw numbers for burglary-breaking and entering and other categories. Violent crime is concentrated for victims in the 16-35 age brackets, but the numbers are at (or close to) 100,000 victimizations for those age 11-50. That’s a remarkable spread for criminal victimization. Author By Leonard A. Sipes, […]

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Violent Crime Increased in 2016-Is America Entering a New Era of Violence?

For the best overview of Crime in the United States and links to recent reports, see Crime Over Time-Crime in America. See FBI charts at the bottom of this page. 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 […]

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Is the Media Correctly Covering Crime and Fear?

Editor ‘s note: A version of this article was sent as a letter to reporters and editors who cover crime. My principle question is whether media is dismissive of crime and citizen fear of crime? Has the crime discussion been corrupted by politics to the point where it’s impossible to candidly report crime topics? Author […]

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Crime Increases in America Per Gallup

Subtitles Per Gallup-Household crime is at its highest point since 2001. Per Gallup-Twenty-nine percent of U.S. adults report that they or someone in their household was the victim of at least one form of conventional crime in the past year. If the Department of Justice says that crime is at historic lows, why is Gallup […]

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Are Americans Wrong on Crime?

Subtitles Who gets to define the reality of crime-criminologists or the American public? Are American’s delusional as to fear? Gallup-Americans’ direct experience with crime is at a 16-year high. 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 […]

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Females Have Higher Rates of Violent Crime Than Males

Subtitles FBI (in 2014) and National Crime Survey (in 2015) reports more female than male victims. Traditionally, males have higher rates of violent crime victimization than females. Why is this happening? 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 […]

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VIOLENT CRIME REMAINED FLAT FROM 2014 TO 2015 AFTER TWO YEARS OF DECREASES

Subtitles: Crime survey data may indicate future increases. Violent crime increased per the FBI. Homicides continue at record rates per the FBI and other data. For a comprehensive view of crime in America, see https://www.crimeinamerica.net/crime-rates-united-states/ Author By Leonard A. Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of speaking for national and state criminal justice agencies. Former Senior Specialist […]

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Crime Is “Not Out of Control” Versus Record Homicides, Fear and Gun Purchases. Who’s Right?

Subtitles Violent Crime Increased in 2015. Crime has taken on a political context in the presidential election. Is that framework is affecting objective analysis and reporting? “Yes, you are suffering, proponents of the “crime is not out of control” message seem to state, but you shouldn’t be because crime is at historic lows. Author Leonard […]

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Homicides Explode in the US: Orlando Has Largest Percentage Increase

Homicides Explode in the US Orlando, FL has the largest percentage increase in homicides from 2014-2015 for the 56 cities studied Author’s note: My abbreviated notes from a new study funded by the US Department of Justice are below. They document the significant rise in homicides in the United States during 2015. Crime in America.Net […]

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Americans Worry About Increasing Crime- Bill Clinton Defends Mass Incarceration

 American concern about crime is at record levels (highest in 15 years) while former President Bill Clinton powerfully defends mass incarceration. These two issues capped the most interesting and telling week in criminal justice in quite some time. The result could have meaning for criminal justice reform. Gallup Poll: Americans’ level of concern about crime […]

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