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Part III: Trends in girls' crime

It was noted in part II of this series that girls who run away from home are often doing so because of sexual abuse at home.  As reported in the New York Times an estimated 1.6 million juveniles run away from or are thrown out of their homes each year; over half are girls. 

Who is causing crime in California?

Sensationalized stories and anecdotal information in the media over the past year may make you want to hide behind a closed door.  In 2011, Realignment caused great concern that floods of state inmates would walk out of state prison and into the streets.  This of course was not true, but over the last year media stories have highlighted concerns that Realignment is causing more local crime. 

Police hiring boom hits Bay Area departments

After years of cutbacks, layoffs -- and now climbing crime rates -- police departments throughout the Bay Area have begun taking on new recruits again.

Overall crime down in Merced County's unincorporated areas

Overall crime in the county's unincorporated areas went down more than 5 percent in 2012, according to data released by the Merced County Sheriff's Department this month.

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.

Monterey County works to track data on realignment, crime rate

Now, despite the somewhat quixotic nature of the quest, Monterey County officials are working to come up with a more fact-based view of local crime and whether state prisoner realignment plays any role in it.

A look at Bill Bratton's crime rate track record

With the City of Oakland now bringing in a big name lawman to help fight crime -- we have a look at his track record.

Realignment's effect should be revealed

Gov. Jerry Brown's "realignment" of the state's penal system is a year old and he claims it's been so successful in reducing prison overcrowding that federal judges should butt out, even though it hasn't reached the mandated level of 137.5% of prison design capacity.

Merced Police Department takes steps to deal with spike in crime

Merced County Sheriff Mark Pazin acknowledges more inmates are released early in the wake of AB-109, but he points to a new report from the center on juvenile and criminal justice. It says FBI statistics show realigning offenders is not connected with increases in crime.

California’s Urban Crime Increase in 2012: Is “Realignment” to Blame?

This publication analyzes whether Realignment — in this case, the 46,000 offenders diverted to local management — contributed to increase in urban offenses in the first half of 2012.

Groups disagree if California crime rise related to prison plan

Public policy groups are seizing on new statistics from the FBI to claim California's prison realignment plan is causing "significant increases" in crime, even as others say the numbers show no connection at all.

Federal takeover of Oakland police offers opportunities in new year
By Mike Males & Anthony Bernier Oakland, California's, troubled police department is the first ever to be taken over completely by a federal judge and his appointed director. Oakland's newest police chief, Howard Jordan, the fifth in a recent succession, has proven unable to reform a department plagued by systematic police brutality and racial profiling and, despite exorbitant budgets, chronic understaffing, abysmal crime-solving rates, and a severely backlogged laboratory. U.S. District…
Who's really murdering our children--and why won't we talk about it?
President Obama, in the wake of the massacre of 26 children and adults in Newtown, Connecticut's, Sandy Hook Elementary School last Friday, says "we are not doing enoug to protect our children ." He's right, far more than he acknowledges.  How can we possibly "do enough" when the president, interests, and media commentators won't even talk about what the real dangers to our kids are?Here's a scary fact neither the president nor other commentators will contemplate, because it's just too…
American gun debate stifled by myth, dogma, and resistance to crucial information
During Barack Obama's presidency, 3,000 American children and teenagers were murdered by violence inflicted by their parents and caretakers --a toll equal to last Friday's gun massacre at Newtown, Connecticut's, Sandy Hook Elementary School every 10 days. An equal number of children were killed by parents too addicted, mentally ill, or uncaring to provide vital care. Has Obama eulogized these thousands of young victims--far more than are murdered in schools, colleges, theaters, and malls--as…
Lead and criminality: Is the EPA America's top crime-buster?
Why has crime, especially younger-age crime, plunged so dramatically in virtually every jurisdiction over the last 20 years regardless of its anti-crime policy or non-policy? We looked at standard explanations for the startling fact that today's California and national youth and young adults represent the least criminal and violent generation ever reliably assessed. None suffice. Most social and institutional conditions thought to generate more crime have not improved. Youth poverty rates…
The Incomplete Story Told by California's Declining Juvenile Arrest Rates
The Incomplete Story Told by California's Declining Juvenile Arrest Rates Huffington Post, December 12, 2012
Decriminalizing Marijuana Benefits Youths, ACLU Investigates New Study
Decriminalizing Marijuana Benefits Youths, ACLU Investigates New Study The Inquisitr, December 11, 2012
Reform Cuts Marijuana Possession Arrests 86% in 2011, Upends California Drug Policing
Reform Cuts Marijuana Possession Arrests 86% in 2011, Upends California Drug Policing California Progress Report, December 10, 2012
Plunge in black-youth crime threatens politics of scapegoating
FBI and California statistics showing a huge drop in violence and crime by young people of all races--particularly African Americans--to record low levels threatens the simplistic, often crazed gun-violence debate.    The desperate need of interest groups for ever-rising epidemics of youthful gun violence was epitomized yet again by sports pundit Bob Costas's irresponsible commentaries (borrowed secondhand from pundit Jason Whitlock with no evident fact-checking by either) berating "gun…
Does Decriminalization Work? Dramatic Decrease in California Marijuana Arrests Has Some Analysts Saying Yes
Does Decriminalization Work? Dramatic Decrease in California Marijuana Arrests Has Some Analysts Saying Yes Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, December 7, 2012
Marijuana Decriminalization Law Brings Down Juvenile Arrests in California
Marijuana Decriminalization Law Brings Down Juvenile Arrests in California Nation of Change, November 26, 2012
Report: Youth Crime Drops in San Mateo County
Report: Youth Crime Drops in San Mateo County Redwood City-Woodside Patch, December 5, 2012
San Francisco Youth, 2012: Our Least Violent Generation?
San Francisco Youth, 2012: Our Least Violent Generation?
Juvenile Crime at All-Time Low, Leaving Empty Beds at Juvenile Hall
Juvenile Crime at All-Time Low, Leaving Empty Beds at Juvenile Hall Fair Oaks-Carmichael Patch, November 28, 2012

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