April 6, 1998 |
Alcohol abuse is a factor in nearly 40% of violent crime in the United States, despite declines in alcohol consumption and other offenses usually tied to drinking, the Justice Department said. Researchers estimated that nearly 4 in 10 violent felonies, or 3 million annually, were committed by someone who had been drinking. Virtually all of the offenders were men, and most of them were drunk when they committed the crime. The study tracked murders, rapes, robberies and assaults.
March 20, 1998 |
Twenty percent of American middle schools and high schools reported at least one serious crime such as rape or robbery to police last year, the Education Department said Thursday. The department's survey estimated, based on data from a 1,200-school sample, that public schools nationwide experienced more than 11,000 fights in which weapons were used, 4,000 rapes and other sexual assaults and 7,000 robberies. Student crime is mostly in larger urban schools, the survey found.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 1998 |
American high school seniors work more hours at part-time jobs, endure more threats and theft at school and study less than their foreign counterparts. These snapshots were among the lesser-noted facets of the much-discussed international survey released last month that showed America's 12th-graders ranking in the lower third among 21 nations in tests measuring knowledge of math and science. "Studying and jobs, the two are inversely related," said William H.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 1998 |
Attempting to make sense of a nationwide drop in crime, some of the country's top criminal justice experts who spoke at a Rand Corp. workshop Saturday rejected a common perception that a reported decline in violent crimes was the result of tougher sentencing laws and increased imprisonment.
January 9, 1998 |
Drug and alcohol abuse and addiction played a part in the crimes committed by 80% of the 1.7 million men and women now behind bars in the United States, a major national study released Thursday concludes. The study by Columbia University's National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse is the most authoritative assessment yet linking heavy use of drugs and alcohol to crime.
December 7, 1997 |
President Clinton described the fatal shootings in a Kentucky school lobby as an "angry wake-up call" and ordered law enforcement and education officials to start work Saturday on an annual report card on school violence. "We know more about the overall patterns of car theft in America than we do about the harm that comes to our children at school," Clinton said in his weekly radio address. "One thing we must do right away is to gain a much clearer view of the problem."
November 16, 1997 |
Violent crime in America continued its pronounced downward trend in 1996, dropping by 10% from the year before, the Justice Department reported Saturday. Aided by this decline, overall crime victimization--a category covering violent and property offenses--stood at the lowest level since the government began its door-to-door tabulation of lawbreaking in 1973. "All over our country, crime is dropping," President Clinton said in hailing the decreases as part of his Saturday radio address.
October 10, 1997 |
Murders and suicides fell last year among the nation's youth, boosting the average life expectancy of Americans to a high of 76, officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta said. Homicide caused 8.4 deaths per 100,000 people in 1996, down 10.6% from a rate of 9.4 deaths the year before, the CDC said. Among 5- to 14-year-olds, the death rate fell 13.3%. Suicides also dropped. Among 15- to 24-year-olds, the rate fell 9% last year to 12.1 from 13.
October 3, 1997 |
The juvenile arrest rate for violent crimes dropped a dramatic 9.2% in 1996, marking the second straight year that it declined after rising for seven consecutive years. In announcing the figures Thursday, Atty. Gen. Janet Reno attributed the sharp drop to an emphasis on tougher punishment, better policing in communities and more attention to after-school youth programs. Although arrests for violent youth crimes were down 2.
August 25, 1997 |
Asserting that domestic violence is "seriously underreported," the Justice Department released a study Sunday that found that a quarter of a million people were treated for injuries inflicted by an intimate partner in 1994--four times more than previously estimated.