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Part II: Trends in girls' crime

As noted in Part I of this series, running away and sexual abuse are much more significant in the lives of girls than boys. Sexual abuse is particularly salient for girls and may well propel girls into behaviors such as running away from home or other status offenses. As already noted, girls are much more likely than boys to be the victims of childhood sexual abuse: it has been estimated that roughly 70 percent of the victims are female.

Part I: Trends in girls' crime

Meda Chesney-Lind and I are currently updating our book Girls, Delinquency and Juvenile Justice (to be published by Wiley-Blackwell at the end of this year) and in this blog I want to report some updated information about recent trends in the offenses girls commit.

What about Men? A follow-up to Newtown Shootings
In my most recent blog I happen to mention in passing that most of these kinds of shootings are committed by men.  In a recent article by Meghan Murphy expanded on this often neglected fact. The issue of guns and access to mental health care has most often been discussed, writes Murphy, but, she says, "no one is asking what is, for once, the single most important question: What about the men?" After listing some of the most well-known mass shootings dating back to 1984, she writes that "In…
Gun nuts run amok
This past summer a young man named James Holmes bought four guns at local shops and more than 6,000 rounds of ammunition on the Internet in the two months prior to opening up inside a movie theatre in Aurora, Colorado.   Now we have still another man (they always seem to be men) going berserk in an elementary school in Connecticut , killed at least 30 people, 20 of them children.   One recent report noted that "the gun murder rate in the U.S. is almost 20 times higher than the next 22 richest…
Senior Research Fellow Randall Shelden presents at ASC Conference 2012
On November 17, 2012, CJCJ Senior Research Fellow Randall G. Shelden presented at the American Society of Criminology Annual Conference in Chicago, IL. In the session titled The Politics of Punishment and Correction , Professor Shelden discussed his comparison of corporate crime to gang activity.  Please access his PowerPoint presentation attached below. In addition, Professor Shelden has written about this issue extensively on CJCJ's blog, in a series entitled Is Wall Street a gang? …
Legalized pot and easing of 'three strikes' law mark unique election
The voters have spoken.  Not only did they re-elect Barack Obama but in two states -- Colorado and Washington  -- possession of small quantities of marijuana was legalized. A clear message to the federal government to back off.   At the same time California voters  sent another message: the current "strike 3 and you're out" law is way too harsh.   The measures I-502 in Washington and Amendment 64 in Colorado was the culmination of about a half century of efforts to bring some sanity to…
Romney, the 47% and juvenile justice
GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney committed a major blunder that has gone viral all across the country.  In a moment of candor he told a very exclusive audience (of mostly some of the infamous one percenters and perhaps a few wanabees) that "There are 47 percent of the [American] people who will vote for the president no matter what....there are 47 percent who are with whom, who are dependent on government, who believe they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to…
Jails, poorhouses, and debtor's prisons
CJCJ staff writer Selena Teji recently posted a blog called "Overcrowded jails, the bail industry, and pretrial alternatives ."  Among other things she notes that many are in jail "simply because they cannot afford to post bail." In short, it's a place for the poor. A couple of years ago I posted an article called "From Poorhouses to Jails, Same Function, Different Time " I began by referring to a book by David Wagner called The Poorhouse: America's Forgotten Institution .  In his book one…
Transferring Inmates Out-Of-State Has Negative Consequences
Transferring Inmates Out-Of-State Has Negative Consequences California Progress Report, August 1, 2012
The gateway myth
I've heard the story hundreds of time: pot is the "gateway" drug.  Smoke a joint one day and next thing you know you are hooked on heroin or cocaine. I recall sitting in on a panel discussion on drugs at UNLV and a couple of the "experts" repeated the claim.  One man in the audience who was apparently an ex-con told the audience something like "everyone I knew in prison who used heroin or cocaine also smoked pot."  My protests to the contrary fell upon deaf ears.  Part of this myth is the…
Slavery's legacy alive and well in Louisiana
Douglas Blackmon's best-selling book Slavery by Another Name dispels one myth after another as he reveals the continuing of a system of slavery under a different name: convict leasing. This was a system whereby former black slaves were routinely rounded up on minor charges (or no charges at all) like vagrancy, placed in local county or town jails, brought to court and fined a small amount ($25 or $50).  Since they could not pay the money (as they were too poor and were traveling from town to…
Collateral Consequences of Interstate Transfer of Prisoners
Collateral Consequences of Interstate Transfer of Prisoners
Youth Gangs In American Society

A survey of the literature on gangs and gang activities in America includes theoretical perspectives on why gangs exist, gang typologies, descriptions of gang activities, and various intervention strategies for dealing with gangs.

More on inequality
This is an update for my last blog where I provide a brief summary of the state of inequality in American society. Shortly after posting this blog, I accidentally discovered some truly incredible data in Mother Jones magazine.   The charts (found here ) do an even better job than Inequality.org.  Here's what the charts say. To begin with, the huge income growth for the top 1% was helped by the fact that from 1992 to 2007 when their income grew by 392%, their tax rate dropped by 37%.  Because…
Inequality in America
As promised in my last blog , I will summarize the current level of inequality in the United States.  In a word, it is ugly!  By most measures, we are far behind other democratic societies, such as Canada, most European countries and Australia. One of the most common measures of income inequality is known as the Gini Index of Inequality (a value of 0 means perfect equality--everyone earns the same amount; and a value of 100 means perfect inequality--one person earns all), has gone up since…
Social class and education
In my last blog I discussed the importance of social class as a determinant of everything that matters in life.  In this blog I quote a study that stated "Poverty and social disadvantage are most strongly associated with deficits in children's cognitive skills and educational achievements."  Social class strongly correlates with the level of education one receives including the probability of dropping out, which in turn strongly relates to crime and delinquency. Two recent studies further…
Class counts
A recent CJCJ blog by Selena Teji brings up a point that is rarely discussed these days, namely "social class" which is two words rarely heard in public discourse -- except when republicans holler about "class warfare."  Social class does count -- a lot more than anything else.  Indeed, social class is one of the most important factors in human life. Social class position has some direct and indirect consequences, especially in terms of what sociologists refer to as life chances (which is…
Most support alternatives to school discipline policies
I recently wrote a blog called School Discipline and the Prison Pipeline which was a follow-up to a more detailed commentary on my web site .  Recently there was a survey called "California Statewide Survey on School Discipline Issues" (conducted by Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates) which was based upon a telephone survey of a random sample of 803 California voters.  About 80% of those polled supported reforms in the ways in which school discipline was practiced. For example,…
School Discipline and the Prison Pipeline
A New York Times story cites research by the Department of Education that concludes that "Although black students made up only 18 percent of those enrolled in the schools sampled, they accounted for 35 percent of those suspended once, 46 percent of those suspended more than once and 39 percent of all expulsions" during the 2009/2010 school year, based upon national data. Not surprisingly the story drew more than 400 comments from readers.  A few readers asked the very important question of…
School-to-prison pipeline [video]
CJCJ's Senior Research Fellow, Randall Shelden, discusses the school-to-prison pipeline in this video blog.  He notes, "dropping out should be seen as a process, not an event." His most recent publication blends theory, research, and applications into a superb overview of the complex issues surrounding juvenile delinquency and society's attempts to address juvenile crime: Randall G. Shelden. (2011). Delinquency and Juvenile Justice in American Society, 2nd ed. Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press .…
And the rich get richer
Here's some news that should surprise no one: the richest 1% made out just fine during the last decade.  For everyone else, well, let us all eat our foreclosures and our life savings! This news comes from a brand new study by a noted expert in the area (who has written about this subject many times), Emmanuel Saez.  His report can be found here . It is a short report and if you look at Table 1 you will find this statement at the bottom: "For example, from 2002 to 2007, average real family…
Part IV: Give me that old time religion [video blog]
CJCJ's Senior Research Fellow, Randall Shelden, discusses his blog series "Give me that old time religion" in this video blog.  The series explores the inside of Christian homes for troubled teens and uncovers a multitude of abuses. Read the whole series here: Part I: $1cjcj.org/news/5403$4 Part II: $1cjcj.org/news/5406$4 Part III: $1cjcj.org/news/5408$4 To view Randall Shelden's blog, please visit www.sheldensays.com
Cops in Schools
The evidence is clear: having police on school campuses creates more problems than it solves.  This evidence has been provided by a detailed report from the Justice Policy Institute (JPI) called "Education Under Arrest: The Case Against Police in Schools ." The reported noted that between 1997 and 2007 the number of "school resource officers" (SRO's) increased by 38%, largely as a result of zero tolerance policies enacted during this time.  Paralleling this growth has been the increase of…
Wall Street is without a doubt a gang
A new report by two noted experts on corporate crime reinforces my contention in the previously posted four part series called "Is Wall Street a Gang?"   The report is "White Collar Criminology and the Occupy Wall Street Movement" co-authored by Henry Pontell and William Black.  It has just been published in the latest issue of The Criminologist , the newsletter of the American Society of Criminology. Pontell and Black argue that the frauds committed by some of the largest financial…
Corporate Crime [video]
CJCJ's Senior Research Fellow, Randall Shelden, discusses his recent blog series "Is Wall Street a gang?" in this video blog. Read the whole series here: Part I: http://www.cjcj.org/post/public/policy/wall/street/gang/part/i Part II: http://www.cjcj.org/post/public/policy/wall/street/gang/part/ii Part III: http://www.cjcj.org/post/public/policy/wall/street/gang/part/iii Part IV: http://www.cjcj.org/post/public/policy/wall/street/gang/part/iv To view Randall Shelden's…

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