56 Percent Say Reducing Crime Is A Top Priority

Observations 56 percent of Americans believe that crime needs to be reduced. 68 percent of Americans believe that crime is increasing. Author Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of speaking for national and state criminal justice agencies. Interviewed multiple times by every national news outlet. Former Senior Specialist for Crime Prevention for the Department of […]

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Violent Crime Reduction Needs Context

Observations A small reduction in violent crime for the first six months of 2017 is good news, and we all hope it continues, but declaring that violent crime is declining or will decline for all of 2017 is a stretch at best. When compared to twenty years of crime data, the 2017 numbers are mushy and somewhat […]

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Assaults On Police Officers Increase Dramatically

Observations The number of assaults on officers increased to 50,991 in 2015 and then exploded to 57,180 for 2016. The percent of officers injured increased. 554,658 police officers were assaulted from 2007 to 2016. Author  Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of speaking for national and state criminal justice agencies. Interviewed multiple times by every […]

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Crimes Americans Worry About Most

Secret Service Police Vehicle Overview When you have 20 to 40 percent of Americans worried about street crime, and 65 percent concerned about cybercrime, it explains a lot as to our crime policies and our views of criminality and criminal justice policy. Author  Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of speaking for national and state criminal […]

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Violent Crime Up? New Federal Report

Overview Per “Criminal Victimization” from the Bureau of Justice Statistics for 2015 and 2016 (The National Crime Survey), violent crimes went from 5 million violent victimizations to 5.7 million violent victimizations. When examing the 2015 and 2016 rates from “Criminal Victimization,” the rate for violent crime was 18.7 in 2015 and the rate for 2016 was […]

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84 Percent of Young State Offenders Recidivate-New Federal Report

Overview A new federal report offers comparisons of recidivism as to age and a variety of additional factors. For offenders age 24 or younger at the time of release, 63.2 percent of federal prisoners were rearrested within five years compared to over four-fifths (84.1%) of state prisoners. Author Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of […]

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Are Cops Holding Back? National Arrests Decrease for Most Categories

Observations Many of us from the former director of the FBI to data from Pew to research institutions to national law enforcement organizations suggest that the increase in violent crime in 2015 and 2016 is linked to cops holding back; they are not being proactive due to harsh publicity. There is a considerable decrease in national arrests […]

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Dislike Cops? No Justice No Peace

Observation Is it time to consider that our approach to law enforcement has been dysfunctional to the point where cops have lost faith in the system? The bottom line is that many officers are stating that if there is no justice, there will be no peace. They will not risk their lives for an unappreciative […]

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Police Strategies Reduce Crime-New Study

Observations The focus of this study is proactive policing (self-initiated efforts to reduce crime) versus traditional tactics such as responding to calls and routine patrol. The data indicate that most proactive police efforts reduce crime in the short run. Author  Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of speaking for national and state criminal justice agencies. […]

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Texas Shooter: Number of Accurate Criminal Records Is Staggeringly Low

Observations “According to the Department of Justice, the number of these records that are actually uploaded is staggeringly low…” ”Even the FBI acknowledges that its NCIC database is limited, noting that it contains only about 50 to 55 percent of all available criminal records…” Devin Kelley’s violent past went undocumented. He’s not the only one. […]

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Personal Crime Flat Per Gallup

Observation If you are looking for a national summation of data, violent crime is up per the FBI, property crime is down in all three indexes, and Gallup states that personal crime dropped slightly. For a comprehensive overview of crime in America, see National Crime Rates. Author  Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of speaking for […]

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118 Law Enforcement Officers Killed-57,180 Officers Assaulted

Observations The number of officers killed as a result of criminal acts in 2016 increased by 25 when compared with the 41 officers who were feloniously killed in 2015. Author Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of speaking for national and state criminal justice agencies. Interviewed multiple times by every national news outlet. Former Senior […]

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Are Offender Rehabilitation Programs Dead? New DOJ Report

Observations Has “nothing works” been replaced by “nothing works well?” With new data from the Department of Justice regarding a signature program, it seems that rehabilitation or reentry programs for offenders are on life support. Are we misleading the American public about the impact of rehabilitation programs? Please see my follow-up article, “Saving Offender Rehabilitation […]

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Why Violent Crime Increased

Observations To the tens of thousands of victims of increasing violent crime, telling them that, statistically, they have never lived in safer times seems uncouth and disrespectful. Lacking social indicators as to poverty or jobs (unemployment is currently at an all-time low), the only explanation for the rise in violent crime is the morale of […]

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As Predicted, Violent Crime Increased in 2016

Observations Numerous newspaper editorials and many advocates disputed reports of rising crime, saying that we have never lived in safer times. But hundreds of articles cited increases in violent crime for their states and cities. See Crime in America for an updated overview of violent crime in recent years. Author Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of […]

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