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Do Prison Inmates Deserve Incarceration?

More Titles The American Prison Vote Project Are American prisons incarcerating the right people? Do violent or repeat offenders deserve prison? Article There are endless groups advocating for lessening or ending (at least by 50 percent) America’s reliance on prisons. “They are costly and inefficient,” many will say. “Americans have the shame of having the […]

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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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Incarceration in the US Increases

Incarceration: Despite a decade of debate over the use (or overuse) of jails and prisons in the United States, incarceration (based on raw numbers of adults in prisons and jails) in 2014 increased slightly (up 1,900).  2014 is the latest available data. There are an endless number of organizations calling for less incarceration; some advocate […]

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Jail Populations Increasingly Female and White. Females Increase 48%

On December 31, 2013, U.S. jails held an estimated 731,570 inmates. In addition to sentenced offenders and convicted offenders awaiting their sentences, this total included unconvicted men and women who had pending court action on a current charge. At yearend 2013, the nation’s local jail authorities also oversaw 46,770 people who were under community supervision, […]

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Why Are Some Female Correctional Officers Having Sexual Encounters With Male Inmates?

Crime in America.Net A reader asks why female prison staff members are over-represented as to sexually victimizing male inmates (see report below–69 percent of victimized male inmate’s claim sexual encounters with female staff). Please note that the percentages are rather small;  an estimated 2.9 percent of male prisoners and 2.1 percent of male jail inmates […]

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Successful Prison-Based Substance Abuse Treatment

Dear readers: The study continues a long line of research stating that substance abuse treatment works to reduce recidivism. Unfortunately, it’s in the same unreadable style the academic community loves to create but it does contain a valuable overview of previous substance abuse literature. The results were modest but effective.  Crime in America.Net   The Minnesota […]

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Female juvenile delinquency doubled since 1985 while males rise 30 percent

The juvenile justice system exists to protect the child, not to enforce public safety. That statement alone is enough to cause consternation and confusion. There are endless stories of people under the age of 18 terrorizing communities; so to state that the justice system exists to protect the child is a shocking revelation to many […]

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Juvenile offenders responsible for six percent of violent felonies: Crime statistics from Crime in America.Net

Part three of an analysis of “Felony Defendants in Large Urban Counties” This is the final installment in a three-part series analyzing data of from “Felony Defendants in Large Urban Counties,” described in part one (below plus link). The research from the Bureau of Justice Statistics of the US Department of Justice is one of […]

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Do correctional programs reduce crime? Crime statistics

 Crime in America.Net A reader requested data as to correctional programs that reduce recidivism (new crimes, convictions and incarcerations committed by people already in the criminal justice system). Earlier in this site we documented reductions in recidivism for drug courts, cognitive behavioral therapy, Hawaii’s Project Hope and we cited reductions in crime due to incarceration […]

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20 Year Prison Study—Treatment Works: Crime Statistics

Crime in America.Net staff. We like to think that we bring our readers unique content and it doesn’t get more unique then the attached study. The research provides the results of a correctional program over the course of 20 years. We are unaware of any criminological research beyond twin studies (research on the behavioral aspects […]

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Do Prisons Reduce Crime? Crime News

Crime in America.Net staff We have been in and out of prisons hundreds of times. You can’t walk out of a prison without feeling that they are massive wastes of humanity. Prisons are overcrowded and lack services that most offenders need to survive in the outside world. Prisons are incredibly expensive and most states are trying […]

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Crime Statistics: No Prison Sentences for Most Felony Convictions

New Article The original article below was created in 2010, and we attempted to update it in 2016. We made some minor adjustments but after review, we believe that it remains accurate and useful. However, we offered an updated post in 2014 on the same topic at http://www.crimeinamerica.net/2014/01/13/42-percent-of-felony-convictions-result-in-a-sentence-to-prison-33-percent-go-to-jail/, and we suggest that you include it in […]

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Crime Statistics: Juvenile and Adult Incarceration– Declines Seem Inevitable

Gentlereaders: We previously reported that thirty-five of the fifty states are undergoing severe fiscal difficulties with the remainder restricting budgets as much as possible. Considering this, it was inevitable that states would begin the process of cutting prison populations. In some states, corrections spend more money than most government agencies. States have realized that they […]

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