Dr. Crime Feb 2020

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: You wrote in the past that we should try to help kids that might kill themselves. I don’t see a lot of kids doing that. Are you sure it is a problem? HiSchoolTeacher

  • Dear Teach: Recent research showed that although we spent more health funds than most developed countries, we have lower life expectancy than most and highest suicide rates. Criminal justice issues tend to overlap with other problems, and depressed kids might be involved in many issues. Yes, it pays off to act if you feel a kid is unusually “upset”. Research on college students found depressed students had a high rate of crime, and there were no gender differences.

Dear Dr. Crime: What makes women scared of being assaulted? BoyFriend

  • Dear Boyfriend: Research on women in Canada found that ladies are more afraid of strangers than men they know. Yet, they are more likely to be assaulted by a someone they know.

Dear Dr. Crime. Our criminal justice system works to reduce repeat offenses, right? Citizen

  • Dear Citizen: The US Bureau of Justice Statistics followed up state court offenders after release and found that 5 OUT OF 6 STATE PRISONERS WERE ARRESTED WITHIN 9 YEARS OF THEIR RELEASE. It is fair to say that our body of criminological research shows that more objective, research based information must be used to guide policy. We can do better.

Dear Dr. Crime: Are we having a lot of “mass shootings”? It seems it is on the TV every day. Mayor

Dear Mayor: You should be planning for mass shooting, just in case. National TV (CBS News) reported that by the end of 2019, there were 417 mass shootings in the U.S.. The study was produced by the Gun Violence Archive (GVA). Thirty-one of those shootings were mass murders. 

Dear Dr. Crime: What are the people called “LBGTQ” and are they more criminal than others? Confused fellow

Dear Confused. The term you mention changes from time to time. One definition includes lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, intersex, and asexual or allied. This involves social change of importance. The Williams Institute reported that LGBQ Youth are Disproportionately Incarcerated in the U.S. Juvenile Justice System. Almost 60% of locked up girls fall in one of those categories.

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