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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Drug, Alcohol and Mental Health Issues Affect Most Offenders

Summary More than half of prison and jail inmates meet criteria for drug dependence. Most offenders are drug and alcohol addicts in need of treatment. Add mental health concerns, and we come to the conclusion that the majority of offenders are clinically affected. This reality is making the jobs of police officers, correctional staff and […]

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Mental Health Issues Drive Crime

Subtitle Most offenders have mental health issues. 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 Justice’s clearinghouse. Former Director of Information Services, National Crime Prevention Council. Post-Masters’ Certificate of Advanced Study-Johns Hopkins University Introduction We’ve known since […]

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Crime in Schools-65 Percent Had Incidents of Violence

Observations for School Crime 65 percent of public schools recorded that one or more incidents of violence had taken place, amounting to an estimated 757,000 crimes. This figure translates to a rate of approximately 15 crimes per 1,000 students enrolled in 2013–14. Between 1995 and 2015, the percentage of students ages 12–18 who reported being […]

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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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Negative Publicity Affects Policing Per FBI and Pew

Subtitle Are Cops Backing Down? The FBI and Pew Say Yes. Introduction We have reports regarding the perceptions of police officers from two reputable organizations. Both focus on observations regarding personal assessments, negative publicity, and performance. Author Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of speaking for national and state criminal justice agencies. Former Senior Specialist for […]

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Domestic Violence Reports to Police Exceed General Violent Crime-But 600,000 Unreported Each Year

Observations 1.3 million nonfatal domestic violence victimizations occur each year. Police were notified of more than half (56%) of these victimizations. Does increased reporting indicate an improved criminal justice response? The majority of police departments now have a domestic violence unit. Author Leonard A. Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of speaking for national and state criminal […]

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Should Communities Control Cops?

Observations Communities want some control as to how they are policed. Why is police-community cooperation the role of government? Why aren’t communities taking the lead? Let communities police themselves. They will let us know when they want that to change. Author Leonard A. Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of speaking for national and state criminal justice agencies. […]

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Science, Evidence-Based Principles, Donald Trump And Crime Control

Observations Does everyone in the criminological community religiously adhere to scientific, evidence-based principals before suggesting or implementing policy? What we want and what we can prove are two different things. That applies to Donald Trump. It also applies to the rest of us. Just as every cop is a criminal, and all the sinners saints-The […]

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Violent Crimes Are Not A Federal Priority

Observations Violent crime is not a major focus of federal law enforcement or prosecution. A small percentage of federal crimes are violent. It’s reasonable to conclude that it may be time for a new federal focus on violent crime. Author Leonard A. Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of speaking for national and state criminal justice agencies. […]

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Offender Recidivism: Do Violent Offenders Recidivate More?

Observations The mast majority of offenders released from state prison return to the criminal justice system based on arrests, convictions, and incarcerations. The crime upon conviction just doesn’t seem to make that much of a difference. Age upon release plus criminal history and possibly sex seem to be the main drivers of recidivism. Can prison rehabilitation […]

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Noncitizens, Immigrants and Crime

Observations With 65,000 non-citizens incarcerated (it was 103,000 in 2012) and 178,000 undocumented immigrants deported last year who were convicted criminals, crime and illegal immigration are connected. The Department of Homeland Security has estimated that 1.9 million noncitizens have been convicted of criminal offenses and could be deported. The unanswered question is the degree of […]

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What is Jeff Sessions’ Project Exile? Is it Effective?

Observations Is Project Exile Donald Trump’s and Jeff Sessions’ primary anti-violence effort? Launched in 1997 by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, homicides in Richmond exhibited a 22 percent yearly decline, compared with the average reduction of about 10 percent per year for other large U.S. cities. Author Leonard A. Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of speaking for […]

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Economic Criminology-Trump’s Crime Address To Congress

Observations An examination of Trump’s speech to Congress focusing on crime and justice issues. For those insisting that violent crime is not increasing, you risk being left behind in a national conversation. The rest of us have moved on to solutions. Trump understands that violent crime profoundly affects everything, including the economy and jobs. But […]

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What Causes Violent Crime? New Video

What causes violent crime in the United States? What are the factors contributing to violent crime?  What are the root causes? This is a new video from Crime in America.Net addressing one of the most requested articles on the website. For a complete understanding of the top factors driving violent crime, see Factors Contributing to Violence. […]

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