Success in the Media

Returns to Prison Vary Greatly By State

Observations There are major differences in the numbers of people on parole and probation returned to prison when examining state data. If the vast majority of those released from prison are rearrested, and fifty-five percent return to prison, and if most are violent or multi-repeat felony offenders, how can states be returning different numbers of […]

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Why The Vast Difference Between State and Federal Prison Recidivism?

Observations Federal offenders (in eight years) had less than half the returns to prison than states (after five years). Over an eight-year follow-up period, almost one-half of federal offenders (49.3%) were rearrested for a new crime or rearrested for a violation of supervision conditions compared to 76.6% of all state prisoners after five years. Over […]

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Do Longer Prison Sentences Reduce Recidivism? Federal Drug Trafficking Recidivism is Much Lower Than State Returns

Observations A new report from the United States Sentencing Commission examines a group of 10,888 federal drug trafficking offenders released from US prisons and examines the percent of rearrests after eight years. The rearrest rate for the federal drug trafficking prisoners studied after release (eight years at 50 percent) is much lower than all state […]

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Social Media Surveillance by Police and Correctional Agencies

  Observations “Lone actor terrorists are broadcasting what they’re doing; we need to listen.” A DOJ report focuses on major criminal events and terrorist warnings through social media, but what about day-to-day criminal activity? Author Leonard A. Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of speaking for national and state criminal justice agencies. Former Senior Specialist for Crime […]

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Jail Inmates Decrease by 93,000 Inmates-2,700,000 Fewer Admissions to Jails When Compared to Peak Years

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. Former Director of Information Services, National Crime Prevention Council. Post-Master’s certificate-Johns Hopkins University. End of Series on Correctional Populations This is the last in a series of […]

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659,000 Fewer People Under Correctional Supervision-Big Drops in Jail-Probation-Prison Populations

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. Former Director of Information Services, National Crime Prevention Council. Graduate-Post Master’s degree-Johns Hopkins University. Observations By correctional supervision, we mean those on community supervision (parole and probation), […]

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Huge Decrease for Parolees Returning to Prison

Subtitles Huge decrease in those on parole returning to prison. Approximately 1 in 53 adults in the United States was under community supervision at year-end 2015. Parole entries increased for the first time in seven years. Parole exits increased for the first time in six years. Data indicates the lowest number of adults under community […]

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GPS, Satellite Tracking, Electronic Monitoring and Criminal Offenders

Subtitles Is there hope for the future of community supervision? GPS tracking may be one of two programs that offer an effective strategy for monitoring offenders. GPS tracking is difficult, labor intensive and expensive (but it is cost effective). Fourth in a series of articles on parole and probation research and practice. Author By Leonard […]

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What Works in Parole and Probation-Minnesota Comprehensive Offender Reentry Plan

  Subtitles Does parole and probation research show declines in arrests and reincarceration? What Works in Parole and Probation? Third in a series of articles on parole and probation research and practice. 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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What Do Cops Want from Parole and Probation?

  What Do Cops Want from Parole and Probation? 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 University. Subtitles Second in a series of articles on parole and probation research and practice Parole […]

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What Works in Parole and Probation?

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 University. What Works in Parole and Probation First in a series of articles on parole and probation research and practice. Subtitles Is crime control or […]

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1 in 52 adults on parole or probation. 4.7 million supervised

The one-percent decline in the number of adults supervised in the community on probation or parole between year-end 2013 and 2014 marked the seventh consecutive year of decline in the population, per the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS). In the past seven years, adults under community supervision declined between 0.5 percent and 2.6 percent annually, […]

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What Works in Corrections

Crime in America.Net Updated spring of 2011. Gentlereaders: Please see another update from our previous “What Works in Corrections” where we attempt to provide an overview of evidence-based corrections programs. This article summarizes data as to the effectiveness of correctional programs regarding reductions in recidivism (returns to the criminal justice system via arrest, prosecution or […]

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“Broke-American Justice on the Ropes”

Crime in America.Net I was called this morning and told to look at CNN. Their lead story was about Camden, New Jersey and the fact that they are in the process of laying off close to half their police department, see http://money.cnn.com/2011/01/17/news/economy/camden_police_layoffs/index.htm?hpt=Sbin. Firefighters were also being laid off. In the body of the article is […]

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First decline in parole and probation populations since 1980

Crime in America.Net A new report from the Department of Justice (Bureau of Justice Statistics) provides a new look at declining populations of people on state (rather than federal) community supervision.  While the differences in the percentages are not large and a core group of states account for much of the impact, the overall numbers […]

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