The most recent United Nations World Crime Survey found that in four years the rate of assault increased by 14%, embezzlement by 29%, rape by 21% and homicide by 45%. Efforts at crime prevention have
not been successful.
At 6.8 per 100,000 population, the current homicide rate is 40% higher than in 1950.
The United States has the highest per capita prison rate in the world with 715 people in prison per 100,000 of the population. Recidivism (ex-prisoners returning to prison after committing more crimes) is as high at 80% in some areas.
The annual cost of crime in the United States alone exceeds over $128 billion.
The report of THE COMMISSION ON SAFETY AND ABUSE IN AMERICA’S PRISONS has just been released in June 2006 and gives this information:
There are nearly 5,000 prisons and jails in the United States.
America incarcerates more people and a higher rate than any other country in the world. In the decade from 1994 to 2004, the US prison population expanded by more than half a million people.
The daily count in U.S. prisons has surpassed 2.2 million. Over a year, more than 13.5 million people spend time in jail or in prison. 95 percent of them eventually return to their communities.
Between 1995 and 2000, the growth rate of prisoners housed in high-security segregation increased 40%, far higher than the growth rate of the overall prison population. High-security segregated housing can be twice as expensive as other forms of confinement.
Approximately 750,000 men and woman work in correctional facilities dealing with prisoners. The annual budget for corrections is over 60 billions dollars.
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Criminon Results and Statistics
Some sample results of the Criminon program:
The common denominator of Criminon's success has been restored self-respect of the inmates themselves, after a review of inmates' success stories, comments from officials internationally.
Inmates are less aggressive and in better communication with other inmates, their families and staff, resulting in fewer disciplinary problems. This in turn gives less stress to correctional staff and makes their jobs easier.
Many Criminon graduates have been moved to less secure housing or lower security prisons, thereby saving the state money.