Are historic declines in Democrats holding violent criminals accountable connected to rising violence?

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The incarcerated population fell to its lowest level since 2003.

The adult probation rate is at its lowest point in 35 years.

Multiple sources state that violence is mostly impacting low-income minority communities, so the result of progressive policies to end racially disproportionate correctional systems is a ton of violence for minority neighborhoods?

Is there a connection between historic lows for the correctional population and growing violence?

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There are endless reasons offered as to why we have exploding violence and fear of crime.

The criminological community will point to the availability of firearms or the pandemic or economic considerations as the reasons which all seem a bit silly because violence started increasing five years before the pandemic (2015) and the economy is begging people to take available jobs.

There are 390 million firearms in the US, approximately the same number during earlier years of decreasing violence.

I spent hundreds of hours interviewing criminal offenders for radio and television shows. I spent several hours with well over a hundred offenders charged with violent crimes gaining their perspectives for a state crime summit.

When I left law enforcement and graduated from college, I had a job visiting prisons picking people for a rehabilitation program. There were many other encounters.

What I learned from these conversations was that their biggest fear was being caught and incarcerated or supervised by the justice system through parole and probation.

Cynics tell me that a prison sentence doesn’t concern criminals. Bull-hockey. I spent thousands of hours in prisons and they ain’t pleasant places. Done properly, parole and probation supervision can create significant restrictions and accountability.

Some readers may disagree with me but they haven’t had the experience of being whisked from their homes by police or correctional officers for a violation.

For a wide variety of reasons ranging from child abuse and neglect to mental health and substance abuse problems to having a chip on their shoulders the size of Montana, being “controlled” by the justice system is their biggest concern.

The great majority of offenders have major issues with authority principally related to child abuse at home.

Eliminate accountability or lessen that fear of the justice system and you get more crime.

Pew-Overview Of Corrections

Community supervision, most commonly probation and parole, is a key component of correctional systems in every state and involves more people than are serving prison or jail sentences.

At the end of 2020, almost 3.9 million Americans—or 1 in 66 adults—were on probation or parole in the U.S., compared with nearly 1.8 million in jails and state and federal prisons.

Community supervision also presents a different set of challenges for policymakers and for the people affected by it than does incarceration.

Individuals on probation and parole must earn a living, pay for housing, and care for their families, all while also attending to their own behavioral health needs. And, often, they must manage these responsibilities within the constraints of restrictive supervision rules.

Failure to comply with these requirements can mean a return to incarceration, a process that in many states is a leading driver of prison admissions.

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The Probation Rate Is At Its Lowest Point In 35 Years

In 2020, the number of people on probation decreased from 3,330,200 to 3,053,700 (down 8.3%), the largest annual decline since the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) began the probation collection in 1980.

During 2020, the probation population decreased in 42 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. federal system and increased in 7 states.

The adult probation rate (1,186 per 100,000 adult U.S. residents) at yearend 2020 was at its lowest point in 35 years.

From yearend 2005 to yearend 2020, the total adult community supervision population decreased 21%, from 4,946,600 to 3,890,400. This was the first time the community supervision population dropped below 4 million since 1997.

The overall decrease from 2005 to 2020 was due to a 1.1 million (26.6%) decline in adults on probation. The community supervision population has declined each year since 2007, when it peaked at 5,115,500. The probation population declined for the thirteenth consecutive year since peaking in 2007.

Since 2005, the U.S. parole population has increased by nearly 10%, which means that more people are being released from prison.

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If you look at the chart below, you will discover that rates of successful completions are up, incarcerations are down and unsatisfactory exits have plummeted. Either we have a new breed of cooperative-successful offenders or state justice systems are lessening their requirements due to the cost of corrections or criminal justice reform.

Per the Bureau of Justice Statistics: Within 3 years 43% of state felons on probation were rearrested for a felony. Half of the arrests were for a violent crime (murder, rape, robbery, or aggravated assault) or a drug offense.

Results showed that within 3 years of sentencing, 62 percent either had a disciplinary hearing for violating a condition of their probation or were arrested for another felony.

If the recidivism data above is correct, then why are so many probationers (per the chart) suddenly doing so well?

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Parole And Probation

Bureau Of Justice Statistics

Overall Correctional Population-Lowest Level In The Last Two Decades.

The adult correctional system includes persons incarcerated in prisons and jails and persons supervised in the community on probation and parole.

In 2019, the number of persons supervised by U.S. adult correctional systems (6,344,000) decreased (down 65,200 persons) for the twelfth consecutive year.

Since 2009, the correctional population decreased by 12.4% (down 895,200 persons), an average of 1.3% annually.

At year-end 2019, about 2,480 per 100,000 adult U.S. residents were under correctional supervision, the lowest rate since 1991.

By the end of 2019, the community supervision population had dropped to 4,357,700, its lowest level in the last two decades.

In 2019, the incarcerated population fell to 2,086,600, its lowest level since 2003.

The decline in the incarcerated population during 2019 was primarily due to a decrease in the prison population (down 33,600).

From 2009 to 2019, the parole population grew by 6.6% and was the only correctional population with an overall increase during that period, which means that more inmates were released to the community.

Bureau Of Justice Statistics.

Conclusions

There will forever be endless disagreements regarding incarceration and community supervision. EVERY governor in America has asked their correctional administrators to lessen their financial burdens on state revenues which leads to greater leniency.

Remember that, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics and the US Sentencing Commission, the great majority of people who violate community supervision do so because of new crimes, not technical violations.

No, not every offender needs to be incarcerated. Per the Bureau of Justice Statistics, most convicted of felonies do not go to prison.

No, the rules of community supervision don’t need to be harsh for everyone. While the sanctions will be different for serious-repeat offenders, those compliant should be released from supervision after one year.

First-time offenders with minor crimes should be placed on an administrative caseload with minimal requirements. The idea is to free overburdened parole and probation agents for serious offenders.

Yes, we should support programs for offenders especially as they apply to mental health via cognitive behavioral therapy (per data, the only successful treatment program). But the overwhelming number of offenders (especially released inmates) commit more crimes.

Bail reform and progressive prosecutors refusing to charge people for serious crimes add to the complexity.

Progressives bemoan the fact that America has one of the highest rates of incarceration in the world and some insist that we have the highest rate while ignoring totalitarian regimes holding millions of people (i.e., China).

Others believe that the impact of the justice system disproportionately impacts minorities.

Per the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the great majority of state inmates are serving time for a violent crime. The percentages for violence increases if you include past crimes. The average time served for a violent crime is less than three years.

The overwhelming number of inmates have multiple arrests and incarcerations. Violent offenders and felons count for an increasing number of those on community supervision.

Per the Bureau of Justice Statistics, violence started to increase nationally in 2015 (2014 for some observers). Serious violence also increased.

We now have an explosion of violence and fear of crime. Firearm and security sales are skyrocketing. People are fleeing cities. It’s urban minorities who are victimized most often. Nationwide, MoneyGeek found the total cost of crime in the U.S. topped $200 billion in 2020.

Progressives are passionate that prisons and community supervision are evil and/or racist. Many including Candidate Biden have pledged a 50 percent reduction in the rate of incarceration.

The flip side of that argument is decaying cities where violence affects everything from mental health to economic development to school scores to jobs to places to shop. People are leaving cities because of crime.

Multiple sources state that violence is mostly impacting low-income minority communities, so the result of progressive policies to end racially disproportionate correctional systems is a ton of violence for minority neighborhoods?

Both sides claim to have the higher moral ground.

I’ll let you decide who is right.

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Editor note: In 2020, we saw a nationwide push to “defund the police”.  While we all stood here shaking our heads wondering if these people were serious… they cut billions of dollars in funding for police officers.  And as a result, crime has skyrocketed – all while the same politicians who said “you don’t need guns, the government will protect you” continued their attacks on both our police officers and our Second Amendment rights.

And that’s exactly why we’re launching this national crowdfunding campaign as part of our efforts to help “re-fund the police”.

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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA – You back the Blue.  You support the police.  You quietly buy an officer a cup of coffee at your local coffeehouse.  You bring homemade cookies to your local police station.  You make it a point to thank an officer when you see one out in public.

You watch the news, aghast to see crowds of anti-police protesters and rioters committing acts of violence and massive property damage.  You pray daily for the Blue family.

And yet, you may feel quite alone.

Politicians and the mainstream news media would have you think that police support is at an all-time low.

Some of you may have found it necessary to take down your Thin Blue Line flags from your house, or to scrape off the Thin Blue Line sticker from your vehicles, due to the potential for violent retaliation by those who hate the police.

Yes, it is the loudest voices that are the ugliest.  They revile and attack those who back the Blue.  They call, “Defund the Police!” at every turn, fueled by the lie that police officers are racists who are out to kill.

But you are actually in excellent company in your support of the blue family.

According to a Gallup poll, 85% of Americans support law enforcement.  That means supporters of the Thin Blue Line are 285 million strong.

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That would be 285 million who, like you, refuse join in the calls to defund the police.

And that means you are in the company of those who have logic and reason on their side.

After all, we at Law Enforcement Today bring you stories daily of exploding crime in police-defunded areas such as Austin, Portland,  New York City, or Los Angeles.

Homicide rates since defunding are up 58% in Atlanta, up 533% in Portland, and up 37% in Philadelphia.

Shootings in post-defunded New York City are up 64%, and they are up 51% in Los Angeles and up 18% in Chicago.

In addition, you have also followed our disturbing and often tragic stories of attacks on police officers in the era of police defunding.

Felonious attacks on police are on the rise, as documented by the FBI’s Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) Data Collection.

According to LEOKA:

“The 50 law enforcement officers feloniously killed in the first 8 months of 2021 represent a 51.5 percent increase compared to the 33 officers killed during the same period in 2020.”

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370 officers gave their lives in the line of duty in 2020

Also thanks to defunding, police departments across the country now lack training, resources, and equipment.  Ironically, calls for additional training in cultural awareness, de-escalation, and use of force often have to go unheeded due to the lack of financial resources.

Another irony is that the push to do away with less-lethal options such as Tasers and tear gas will simply lead to more fatal police shootings.

These alarming stories and statistics indicate beyond a doubt that defunding the police is absolutely the wrong move for this great country.  You know this, yet you and 285 million other voices are all too often silenced by social pressures as well as physical threats of violence.

You are even told, “Silence is violence,” when it comes to refusing to stand against law enforcement.

Your voice matters, and you need to be heard.

As Law Enforcement Today National Spokesman Kyle Reyes points out:

“Americans have stood by in disbelief as this ‘defund the police’ movement has spread across America and ravaged our communities. 

“We’ve watched our cities burn, our officers be attacked and violence skyrocket. 

“It’s time to come out of the twilight zone.  It’s time to fight back.”

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Law Enforcement Today, the nation’s largest police-owned media outlet, has developed a way to make your voice heard and oppose those who would seek to remove funding from those who protect and serve.

It’s called the “Re-Fund the Police” campaign.

Reyes explains:

“We wanted to make the “Re-fund the Police” campaign something that everyone- whether you can spare $1 or $1 million – can be a part of.

“People will donate to politicians all day long in hopes that person will get elected and possibly make a difference.

“We are asking for people to come forward and support those who make a difference and save lives every single day.”

Through your generous donations, Law Enforcement today will direct a media and advertising blitz to rally other Americans who, like you, are done with attacks on law enforcement, both physical and financial.

Here’s what the funds go towards:

  1. We’ve assembled a “strike team” of researchers and reporters who will delve deeply into the devastating impact that defunding the police has on communities and families.  They’re going after not just the “leaders” in Congress who are pushing to defund the police… but they’re exposing everyone from the local politicians and city councils who are behind it.  They’re also tracing the money of exactly who is funding this “defund the police” movement.
  2.  We will focus on publicizing all the negative effects of defunding police while expressing support for our brothers and sisters in blue.  The advertising blitz will be a show of support for police officers all across America.

In addition, we will be sending a team of reporters into our communities to share positive stories of law enforcement, stories which are consistently ignored by the mainstream media.

As a thank-you for your generosity in standing strong for the blue family, we are offering access codes for Law Enforcement Today’s Wounded Officer documentary and Border Crisis documentary.  In addition, we offer additional perks such as stickers and Thin Blue Line face masks or yard signs.

Donors are also able to honor or memorialize a member of the blue family.

For those who cannot afford to contribute, we invite you to be a part of a nationwide chain of prayer warriors.

You can join our prayer chain along with other supporters who are willing to pray for our brothers and sisters in blue.

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Also, when you sign up for our newsletter, we will keep you informed on how we are continuing to back the Blue, and bring you the stories the mainstream media will not touch.

Now to small businesses who are sick and tired of watching our cities burn as the “defund the police” movement spreads.

For business donors, we are pleased to offer a unique opportunity to make a difference in police departments across the country.

Reyes explains:

“We wanted to make sure small businesses could get in the fight, so we are rolling out the ‘adopt a police department’ program.”

Your business donation will be used to cover stories in the community of your choice, and expose those who are attempting to defund the police.  Those stories, if you choose, will also include a thank you to your business and a link back to your business website.

In addition, your generous business donation will go toward advertising campaigns that highlight the negative effects of demonizing and defunding the police.

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This will give you the opportunity to show to millions of Americans that, unlike “woke” anti-police organizations, you support and appreciate law enforcement.

Reyes points out:

“Corporate America rallied around the Black Lives Matter movement, donating hundreds of millions of dollars to a campaign that brought widespread looting and destruction in our cities. 

“This is an opportunity for businesses to show America that law and order and keeping people safe still means something to them.”

Please join your voice with Law Enforcement Today in this campaign to support all those who protect and serve us.

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