Dear Dr Crime

 
Dr. Crime is a pseudonym for a social scientist holding a Ph.D. degree in sociology and in criminology. He has worked in all major parts of the criminal justice system. Drop him a note at the website www.keepkidshome.net if you or your child is in trouble, he may be able to help, give him a call (252-339-0000).


Dear Dr. Crime: How many people do we have in the criminal justice system for crimes? Is it enough, shouldn’t we do more kicking for wrongdoing? Angry Fellow

Dear Angry Fellow: The US Bureau of Justice Statistics has just released a reporti about how many we process. We are at our lowest correctional population since 2002. That involves 6,741,400 persons at the end of 2015. That means about 2.7% of all our adults were under some kind of correctional supervision. Is this enough, you ask? That is the most important question facing criminologists. Does punishment prevent crime?  The US National Institute of Justice reviewed a lot of scientific researchii on that topic, and concluded that the certainty of being caught is a vastly more powerful deterrent than the punishment, and in fact, sending crooks to prison is not an effective way to reduce recidivism. In fact, increasing the severity of punishment does little to deter crime. As for me, I want to see fewer victims as the major, primary outcome of our justice system. We need more research on this.

Dear Dr. Crime: How can I learn more about kids and cops getting together in a positive way? I am a new county level official and I want to push such stuff. Can you help? Elected Person

Dear Politician: I am delighted to hear such from elected folks. Yes, do more of that and start by getting on the mailing list with the US Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Go to <NewsFromOJJDP@ncjrs.gov>and you will see what to do, at no cost to your tax payers. The OJJDP is presently putting on a program about kids and cops and they push community based approaches. Also, take a look at my website, www.keepkidshome.net and give me a call.

Dear Dr. Crime: I want our community to get involved in helping the little girls that get sold into you know what. Are there funds to help us? How would I find out about a grant? Very Upset Mom

Dear Mom: I am in agreement with you and will help you find funding. Start by going to Grants.gov  with a Customer Support Hotline at 800-518-4726 or 606-545-5035, or by email to support@grants.gov, and ask about their recent report . FY 17 Comprehensive Services for Victims of All Forms of Human Trafficking. I agree the situation with young girls is awful, but it is not limited to that.

Dear Dr. Crime: Is my kid, sort of a small fellow, in danger of bullying in public school? Protective Dad

Dear Dad: The  Institute of Education Sciences, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, recently released a reportiii on bully behavior nationally. It seems that during the 2014-15 school year, 20.8 percent of students ages 12 to 18 reported that they were bullied. I encourage you to talk with the principal of the school where your child attends.

Dear Dr. Crime: What can I tell my preacher who wants to stop delinquency with religious activities? Parishioner Lady

Dear Lady: Start by referring the preacher to “Faith Community and Criminal Justice Collaboration: A Collection of Effective Programs” # NCJ 211452 . If you go to the US National Criminal Justice Reference Service ( https://www.ncjrs.gov/) you can find it. That is just a start. I encourage you to get all the church family involved. A few years ago scientists summarized a wide body of researchiv about the effects of religion and reported greater involvement in religious practices is associated with reduced hypertension, longevity, reduced depression, lower levels of alcohol and drug consumption, less engagement in risky sexual behavior, reduced risk of suicide, reduced delinquency, and reduced criminal activity.  I guess what we were taught was right! If you want to see the full study go to https://www.ncjrs.gov/App/Publications/abstract.aspx?ID=202135 and be sure and tell your preacher about it.

Also, if your child is a “youthful offender” and- or having problems with drugs, Dr. Crime can offer confidential suggestions on how to work with the criminal justice system. Or, a formal criminological report for a court or other authority may help. For more information see www.keepkidshome.net or email drcrime@keepkidshome.net
ii https://nij.gov/five-things/pages/deterrence.aspx
iii https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?tab=wm#inbox/1591cb87a28f9fc8
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