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Startling Statistics
About Violence


"All violence, all that is dreary and repels, is not power,
but the absence of power."

                                    — Ralph Waldo Emerson


  In 1989 a violent crime or property crime hit one in four U.S. households.

  The Surgeon General reports that battering is the single most common cause of injury to women, resulting in more injuries than auto accidents, rapes and muggings combined.

  The fastest growing sector of U.S. government employment is in the prison system.

  Since 1977 prison populations have grown by two-thirds. Between 1980-1984 prison populations increased by 41%. In 1989 the population of state and federal prisons increased weekly at an average of 1,800 inmates.

  Between 1960-1985 state and local per capita spending for corrections rose 218%, while education increased only 56%. In 1985 per capita spending for justice in the northeast United States was $208; western U.S., $205; southern U.S., $140; and midwest, $140.

  Jail cell construction costs are estimated to be between $43,000 and $70,000 per cell.

  In 1985 1,327,440 violent crimes were reported in the United States. Of these 18,980 were murders; 87,340 were forcible rapes; 497,870 were robberies; and 723,250 were aggravated assaults.

  In 1980 the homicide rate was at the highest level in this century.

  Homicide is second only to accidents as the cause of death to people aged 15-34.

  In the United States alone, more than 50,000 women are murdered by their partners or ex-partners in the 1980's.

  Handguns were used in approximately 43% of all homicides.

  Crime statistics note that 41% of all women who are murdered are killed by their husbands.

  58% of known murderers are relatives or acquaintances of their victims.

  Violence tends to become more frequent and severe without treatment intervention. Without treatment 90% of abusive men will batter again. With treatment there is a 20% recidivism rate within the first year.

  80% of violent juvenile and adult prisoners interviewed said they experienced violence in their homes as children.

  Most serial killers report that they were either separated from one or both parents at an early age or otherwise deprived of the mother's direct emotional involvement.

  The chances that a murderer will never appear in a courtroom are one in three.

  One in one hundred people are psychopaths.

  Psychopaths are two to four times more likely to commit a violent offense after release than non-psychopaths.

  Psychopaths make up about 20% of convicted criminals.

  Los Angeles residents have a greater chance of dying from a bullet than from a traffic accident.


Websites with Other Related Statistics:

Statistics by State   OPENS NEW WINDOW
      http://www.disastercenter.com/crime/

Statistics About Crime and Alcohol   OPENS NEW WINDOW
      http://alcoholism.about.com/cs/costs/a/aa980415.htm

Criminal Offender Statistics (Recidivism)   OPENS NEW WINDOW
      http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/crimoff.htm#recidivism



UPDATED: 10 JULY 2005
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