Dr Crime July 2017

Dear Dr. Crime: Are schools safe? I read a lot about stuff that scares me for my kids. Concerned Dad

Dear Concerned: Much data about your question is available through the US Bureau of Justice Statistics. A report (i) on safety in American schools has been released as a collaboration of highly qualified research agencies. They report that nationally 48 schools were associated with violent deaths over one year. For adolescent students in one year there were about 841,100 nonfatal victimizations at school and 545,100 nonfatal victimizations away from school. In the same period about 21 percent of adolescent students reported being bullied at school. So is it safe? It seems to vary by school, but the numbers are higher than I would like.

Dear Dr. Crime: Is it true that crime rates for females is lower than the same rate for men? If that is true it is because we women are better people than men!!! Smart Administrator.

Dear Administrator: The National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS)ii gives data showing the differential offending and differential selection by police of females in official arrest statistics. The probability of arrest for females was: (1) 28 percent lower for kidnapping; (2) 48 percent lower for forcible fondling; (3) 9 percent lower for simple assault; and (4) 27 percent lower for intimidation than males. The report assigns some of the explanation to police norms about women, but it remains a clear difference. I have made a note to research the relative goodness of humans by gender and will report back to you another time.

Dear Dr. Crime: Is it true that crooks just don’t care about stuff and have no feeling about their lives? Crook’s Girl Friend

Dear Lady: No, research(iii) shows that 1 in 7 state and federal prisoners and 1 in 4 jail inmates report psychological problems, compared 1 in 19 of our general population. Be watchful and take care of yourself if you are dating a criminal.

Dear Dr. Crime: I know an old guy who gets kicked around where he lives. Should I stick my nose in and what do I do? Angry Old Lady

Dear Thoughtful Citizen: Right on time! June 15th was World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and in the interest of everyone, call 911 and discuss what you know with the police. And you can call your local county Dept. of Social Services. Then take a look at the National Criminal Justice Reference Service report that we will soon be at 88 million people in that age group. About 11% of them report abuse, but it is underreported and the cost is awful. See https://www.ncjrs.gov/elderabuse/?utm_source=NewsFromNCJRS&utm_medium=email&utm_content=ElderAbSF&utm_campaign=WEAAD2017.

Dear Dr. Crime. I want to push my county to do more about juvenile delinquency and causes of kids going bad. What do I do? Active political lady

Dear Political Lady: Keep up that interest, as the repercussion are powerful. Start by subscribing to the newsletter of the US Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. To get your name on their mailing list go to https://puborder.ncjrs.gov/listservs/subscribe_JUVJUST.asp?utm_medium=email&utm_source=_06122017&utm_campaign=subscriberexpansion&utm_content=&ed2f26df2d9c416fbddddd2330a778c6=ovompotuta-oavppuaa

Dear Dr. Crime. You are a liar, people do not really want to have intimate contact with dead people, do they? Vincent Price fan

Dear “Ms. Price”: See “Necrophilia” in Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia and you will learn more than you probably want to know.

Dear Dr. Crime. I get very mad at insults and attacks on our cops. What can I do to support them and let them know so many of us appreciate them? Cop Loving Lady

Dear Lady: Bravo. The National Police Week was May 14-20, 2017. Contact your local Police Benevolent Association https://www.ncjrs.gov/leresources/?utm_source=NewsFromNCJRS&utm_medium=email&utm_content=LESF&utm_campaign=PoliceWk2017&ed2f26df2d9c416fbddddd2330a778c6=zvtptvssan-zfvaabff
i https://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=5926&utm_source=newsfrombjs&utm_medium=email&utm_content=iscs16_report_detail_page&utm_campaign=iscs16&ed2f26df2d9c416fbddddd2330a778c6=dzjwjzgzyg-dhzqqchh
ii Lisa Stolzenberg ; Stewart J. D'Alessio. 2004. Sex Differences in the Likelihood of Arrest. Journal of Criminal Justice Volume:32 Issue:5 Dated:September/October 2004 Pages:443 to 454 NCJ 207251

iii https://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/imhprpji1112_sum.pdf?utm_source=newsfrombjs&utm_medium=email&utm_content=imhprpji1112_summary_pdf&utm_campaign=imhprpji1112&ed2f26df2d9c416fbddddd2330a778c6=penizpzeqp-pxeggqxx
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