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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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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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Violent Crime Will Rise in 2016

The Brennan Center for Justice recently offered data regarding violence in America’s thirty largest cities. The bottom-line is that violent crime increased in 13, decreased in 8, another 8 did not provide data and 1 had no increase or decrease. Some cities had enormous increases such as Los Angeles, Baltimore, and Charlotte, and three cities […]

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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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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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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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New Data Provides Better Information on Crime Victims and Offenders

The FBI released details on more than 5.4 million criminal offenses reported via the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) in 2014 (latest data available). The information is an example of the kind of  better, more comprehensive and complete crime data that the FBI is compiling. NIBRS, 2014, provides a diverse range of information about victims, […]

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Are Cops Under Siege? FBI Director’s Remarks

There is a debate throughout the United States as to the reason(s) for rising crime, especially in select major sites, with some predicting an increase in violent crime for the first time in several years, see http://www.crimeinamerica.net/crime-rates-united-states/. Recent remarks from James B. Comey, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation at the University of Chicago Law School in Chicago, IL on October […]

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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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Successful Programs Reducing Gun Violence and Homicides

Two Programs Rated “Promising” by CrimeSolutions.gov in Reducing Firearms-Related Homicides: “Project Exile” Crime Reduction Strategy Project Exile is a crime reduction strategy in Richmond, Virginia, implemented to deter former and would-be offenders from carrying and using firearms, with an overall goal of reducing firearm-related homicides. The project is rated Promising. Firearm-related homicides decreased significantly in […]

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Do child victims of sexual abuse become sex offenders?

  In JAMA Pediatrics, NIJ-funded researcher Dr. Cathy Widom discusses findings of a longitudinal study following 908 abused and neglected children and a matched control group into middle age. The study examined commonly held beliefs about the consequences of childhood sexual abuse and the likelihood that these child victims will grow up to “specialize” in […]

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Most crime occurs at home, roads, parking lots, schools and bars per FBI/NIBRS

The FBI released details on more than 5.6 million criminal offenses reported via the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) in 2013. The Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program’s latest report, NIBRS 2013, provides a diverse scope of information about victims, known offenders, and relationships for 23 offense categories (including sex offenses). It also presents arrest data […]

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7,000 hate crimes in 2013

The FBI released Hate Crime Statistics, 2013. The bias categories of gender (male and female) and gender identity (transgender and gender nonconforming) have been added to the other bias categories of race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, and ethnicity. Other new aspects of the report include the presentation of age categories to indicate whether hate crimes […]

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College students experience lower rates of sexual assault-80% know their attacker

Among college-age females (ages 18 to 24), the rate of rape and sexual assault was 1.2 times higher for nonstudents than students for the period 1995–2013, per the  Bureau of Justice Statistics. Nonstudents (65,700) accounted for more than double the average annual number of rape and sexual assault victimizations compared to students (31,300). For 2013, […]

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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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