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Criminogenic | Criminogenic Needs

Criminogenic Needs: Keys to Reducing Recidivism

The concept of “criminogenic” plays a pivotal role in understanding and addressing the factors contributing to criminal behavior. This blog post delves into the definition of criminogenic, explores criminogenic needs and risk factors, and examines dynamic risk factors. Understanding these elements helps us to better address the underlying causes of criminal behavior and reduce recidivism.

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Death in Custody | In-Custody Death

Department of Justice Report Highlights Inmate Deaths in Federal Custody

The Federal Bureau of Prisons is facing a grave concern as the rate of inmate deaths is alarmingly high. By adopting a more holistic approach to inmate health and safety, one that addresses the underlying causes of mortality both in and out of custody, the Bureau can take significant steps towards reducing inmate deaths and improving the overall effectiveness of the federal prison system.

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Trump v. Biden on Criminal Justice

by Christopher Zoukis, JD, MBA, and Charles Sloan-Hillier, JD “If we catch a drug dealer – death penalty.” President Donald J. Trump, 2018 “Lock the S.O.B.s up.” Former Senator Joe Biden, 1994 As protests and calls for police reforms continue in response to police shootings of unarmed suspects, both the Republican and Democratic parties seem

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Departing AG Limits DOJ Consent Decrees

Shortly before resigning his post, as requested by President Trump, ex-Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued guidelines for the Department of Justice (DOJ) to follow when seeking consent decrees with police departments or other units of state or local government. The likely result will be to keep DOJ out of state and local law enforcement investigations,

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Secondary DNA Transfer

In 1930, the French scientist Edmond Locard published a journal article in which he laid the groundwork for what would become the field of forensic science. Locard said a criminal actor will always leave traces of his or her presence at a crime scene and will always leave traces of the scene on his or

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House of Representatives Passes Federal “Blue Lives Matter” Bill

With surprisingly little notice, on May 16 by a huge margin, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Protect and Serve Act (H.R. 5698), which would create new federal penalties for anyone who knowingly causes “serious bodily injury to a law enforcement officer, or attempts to do so.” The measure cleared on a 382-35 vote,

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Cafe aims to help at-risk youth, reduce recidivism

Grand St. Settlement is a social services organization in New York that focuses on empowerment, support, and advocacy. In operation since 1916, Grand St. serves thousands of New Yorkers through child and family centers, education, and skills-based programs. In November 2017, Grand St. Settlement announced a bold — and tasty — new venture: GrandLo Café.

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Compensation for Wrongful Convictions in Massachusetts Hard to Get

By Christopher Zoukis Kevin O’Loughlin was wrongfully convicted of raping an 11-year-old girl in 1983. He spent almost four years in prison, where he endured multiple assaults – all for a crime he did not commit. Then a convicted rapist confessed that he was “99 percent sure” he had committed the sexual assault for which

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TV Production Company has Friends in Low Places

Lucky 8 TV is a production company that produces “Behind Bars: Rookie Year” – a reality show about first-time prison guards – and thus requires access to the prison for filming. What better way to gain access than to hire someone from the corrections department to help facilitate such arrangements? A recent report released by

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