Success in the Media

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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Fear of Crime Increases in America

Subtitles Per Gallup, Concern About Crime Climbs to a 15-Year High. Per Gallup, Americans’ self-reported experience with crime has been trending up since about 2001 and is now at a numerical 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 […]

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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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Trump, Advocates, and the Criminal Justice System

Subtitles Polling data was wrong, and so are our perceptions of the American crime problem. If you wondered as to how Donald Trump tapped into a wave of anger at politics in Washington, you don’t have to look much further than the crime discussion. When we dismiss American perceptions, we get Donald Trump. We have […]

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Halloween Safety and Crime Prevention Tips

By Leonard A. Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of public affairs for national and state criminal justice agencies. Former Senior Specialist for Crime Prevention for the Department of Justice’s clearinghouse. Former Director of Information Management for the National Crime Prevention Council. Graduate-Johns Hopkins University. Suggestions Have fun with your children!!! Understand that crimes against children during Halloween […]

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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 http://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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No One Wants To Be A Cop

Subtitles Don’t be A Cop? Are we asking too much from police officers? No one wants to be a cop. Does that impact your safety? 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 clearinghouse. Graduate-Johns Hopkins […]

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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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Facebook and Crime

Facebook, Crime and West Virginia Having been in the criminal justice system for close to 50 years, I find fascination with offbeat aspects of crime and justice in America. With the current contentious political debate raging over crime and solutions, I would like to offer a “lesser” example of effective crime control. I lived in […]

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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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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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Crime Rates for States, Metro Areas and Counties Compared for the First Time Using Victim Data

Editor’s Note: This is the first time that the Department of Justice, using the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), have offered comparison data of states, counties and metropolitan areas (not cities). The data within this report that will be of interest to most readers is contained on pages 44-47 where crime rates (2010-2012) are offered […]

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The Best Resource for Crime-Related Research-CrimeSolutions.Gov

Requesters repeatedly ask for the best source of criminological evaluations on a variety of crime-related issues and the answer is CrimeSolutions.Gov. Please watch the attached YouTube video for an overview, then proceed to https://www.crimesolutions.gov/ and read the “About” section before proceeding. CrimeSolutions.Gov is the best methodologically correct (well done) compilation of crime-related research with easy to read […]

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