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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Hate Crimes Decline Per US Department of Justice

Subtitles Hate crime declined in the US. The rate of hate crime victimizations did not change significantly from 2004 to 2015. Most hate crimes involved race. Religion was a small percentage of hate crimes. More than half (53%) of hate crime victimizations were against whites. Hispanics had the highest rate of hate crimes Victims knew […]

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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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An Epidemic of College Rape and Sexual Assaults?

Observations Is the emphasis on “college” rape elitist? The rate of rape and sexual assault was 1.2 times higher for nonstudents (7.6 per 1,000) than for students (6.1 per 1,000). Rape and sexual assaults (and all violent crimes) deserve our attention. Victims require our compassion. Their location doesn’t matter. Author Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five […]

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Cops and Children Exposed to Violence

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. How Many Children are Abused, Neglected or Exposed to Violence? The […]

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Child Abuse Statistics, Offenders and Demographics

Subtitles Children in low socioeconomic status households had significantly higher rates of maltreatment in all categories. Those living with a single parent who had a cohabiting partner in the household had the highest rate in all maltreatment categories. Biological parents were the most closely related perpetrators for 71% of physically abused children and for 73% […]

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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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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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Why The Substantial Difference Between State and Federal Prison Recidivism?

Observations Federal Inmates: 15% of offenders released from federal prison in 2012 returned to federal prison within 3 years of release. State Inmates: Within 3 years of release, 49.7% of inmates either had an arrest that resulted in a conviction with a disposition of a prison sentence or were returned to prison without a new […]

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Decreasing Criminality and Parole and Probation

Observations Offenders will not change until they are personally ready for change. Major events like parenthood, a job or treatment seemed to have little impact unless the offender was ready for change. Parole was not only a failed deterrent for many, but it was a direct impediment to successful reentry. Author Leonard A. Sipes, Jr. […]

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Percent of Arrests Not Prosecuted

Observations Federal Data: 16 to 50 percent of federal crimes are declined from prosecution, per “Federal Justice Statistics.” State Data: 34 percent of state felony cases are not convicted (approximately nine percent involve a deferred adjudication or diversion outcome), per “Felony Defendants in Large Urban Counties.” Author Leonard A. Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of speaking […]

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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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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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