Crime and Justice

Crime and Justice | October 24, 2016

Use of Force in the City of Pittsburgh, 2010 through 2015

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The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police tracks each incident in which an officer uses force with a subject; these Subject Resistance Reports were analyzed to identify trends and areas in which further evaluation or action is warranted.  The analysis shows that use of force in the City of Pittsburgh is rare, occurring in less than one ...

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Crime and Justice | September 30, 2016

Violence in the City of Pittsburgh: Report Series

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This series of reports presents data about homicides, shots fired, shootings and aggravated assaults with a firearm in the City of Pittsburgh. Demographic information about homicide victims and offenders, the location of homicides and calls for shots fired, and detail about when violence occurred are also provided. Explore the links below to view violence data for a ...

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Crime and Justice | August 3, 2016

Gun Violence in the City of Pittsburgh 2010-June 2016

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The visualization below displays shootings, aggravated assaults with a gun and calls for shots fired.  Breakdowns by day of week, time and neighborhood/police zone are included.  You can filter by year, incident type and whether or not it was drive-by (where applicable). To read related reports, visit Violence in the City of Pittsburgh.  ...

Crime and Justice | August 2, 2016

Homicides in the City of Pittsburgh 2010-June 2016

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The visualization below displays homicide counts and clearance rates as well as breakdowns by day of week, time, weapon used and victim and perpetrator demographics.  You can filter by year in the upper right hand corner.  Additionally you can filter by clicking within a chart.  For example, if you want to see everything for males only ...

Crime and Justice | August 1, 2016

Overall Trends in Violence in the City of Pittsburgh 2010-June 2016

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This visualization displays counts of homicides, shootings, aggravated assaults with a gun and calls for shots fired.  You can filter by year, month, neighborhood and police zone. To read related reports, visit Violence in the City of Pittsburgh....

Crime and Justice | July 28, 2016

Allegheny County Jail Collaborative: 2016 – 2019 Strategic Plan

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The Jail Collaborative identified four primary recidivism reduction strategies as its focus for this three-year period: 1) ensure high quality, evidence-based programs for people at a higher risk of re-offending; 2) make transition to the community effective for each person leaving the jail; 3) reduce barriers for formerly incarcerated people and 4) develop a comprehensive ...

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Crime and Justice | May 1, 2016

Risk Classification in the Allegheny County Jail

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A new and improved security risk classification system was recently implemented in the Allegheny County Jail. Each inmate is assessed through the use of a validated tool and assigned a score – ranging from minimum to maximum risk – that is used to make housing and programming decisions. The new system is a result of ...

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Crime and Justice | November 10, 2015

Crime in the City of Pittsburgh, 2005 – 2015

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Since 2005, more than 350,000 crimes have occurred in the city of Pittsburgh, as defined by the FBI’s standardized uniform crime reporting (UCR). These crimes occur across geographic and time boundaries, with afternoons and evenings being the most active time periods. The majority of these crimes are Type II offenses, composed of less serious offenses ...

Crime and Justice | October 1, 2015

Aggravated Assault in the City of Pittsburgh

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From January 2005 through July 2015: Aggravated assault rates generally declined in the City of Pittsburgh, but at a slower pace than in comparable cities. Aggravated assault was most prevalent in areas historically beset by violent crime, including the East End, the North Side and the South Side Hilltop neighborhoods. Victims of aggravated assault were ...

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Crime and Justice | October 1, 2015

Theft in the City of Pittsburgh

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From January 2005 through July 2015: Pittsburgh’s theft rate declined and remained among the lowest in the Pittsburgh Today comparison group. Theft was most prevalent in Pittsburgh’s East End and South Side Hilltop neighborhoods. The clearance rate of theft varied depending on the category of theft or item taken. Click here to view the full ...

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Crime and Justice | October 1, 2015

Robbery in the City of Pittsburgh

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From January 2005 through July 2015: Robbery rates declined, remaining among the lowest in the Pittsburgh Today comparison group. Robbery was most prevalent in neighborhoods historically beset by violent crime, including Homewood, Garfield and the North Side. Victims of robbery were disproportionately young and male, with high rates of victimization among African Americans. Robbery clearance ...

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Crime and Justice | October 1, 2015

Rape in the City of Pittsburgh

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From January 2005 through 2015: Rape rates fluctuated, but were generally lower by 2015 than they were in 2005. Rape was most prevalent in neighborhoods historically beset by violent crime, including the North Side, Homewood and the Hill District. Victims of rape were disproportionately young, African American and female. Rape clearance rates were higher than ...

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Crime and Justice | October 1, 2015

Motor Vehicle Theft in the City of Pittsburgh

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From January 2005 through July 2015: Pittsburgh’s motor vehicle theft rate declined sharply and remained the lowest among comparable mid-sized cities. Motor vehicle theft was most prevalent in Pittsburgh’s East End, North Shore and South Side. Victims of motor vehicle theft were older than average crime victims and disproportionately African American and male. Motor vehicle ...

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Crime and Justice | October 1, 2015

Drug Violations in the City of Pittsburgh

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From January 2005 through July 2015: Drug violation rates decreased in the City of Pittsburgh, accompanied by reductions in adult and juvenile arrests. As drug violations declined, marijuana made up a larger share of all drug offenses as compared to drugs in the opioid/cocaine category. The highest drug violation rates were reported near Downtown Pittsburgh, ...

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Crime and Justice | October 1, 2015

Burglary in the City of Pittsburgh

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From January 2005 through July 2015: Burglary rates in Pittsburgh were lower than in most comparable cities. Burglary was most prevalent in Pittsburgh’s East End, North Side and South Side Hilltop neighborhoods. Victims of burglary were disproportionately African American and tended to be older than victims of other Part 1 crimes. Burglary clearance rates were ...

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Crime and Justice | October 1, 2015

Arson in the City of Pittsburgh

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From January 2005 through July 2015: Arson rates increased in the City of Pittsburgh, contrary to trends observed in comparable cities. Arson was most prevalent in the Homewood, North Side and South Side Hilltop neighborhoods of Pittsburgh. Arson clearance rates were highest during the first months of the year and for arsons involving an occupied ...

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Crime and Justice | April 1, 2015

From Postponements to Efficiency: Expedited Case Disposition in Allegheny County Criminal Court

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Unwieldy case backlogs and delays inspired a number of changes in how the Allegheny County Criminal Court processes cases.  By expediting plea offers, completing discovery and providing evidence at formal arraignments, and prioritizing clearing of old cases, the Court has realized a significant decrease in the number of active criminal cases. Other benefits of these ...

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Crime and Justice | October 4, 2014

School-Based Probation in Allegheny County: Examining the Costs and Benefits

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Intensive supervision programs like school-based probation are increasingly viewed as a way to generate savings to society, by preventing or reducing the likelihood of crime, as well as to improve outcomes for the juvenile offenders through an emphasis on education and employment opportunities. Allegheny County examined a number of outcomes for Pittsburgh Public School students ...

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Crime and Justice | October 1, 2014

Introducing Performance-Based Contracting: A Comparison of Implementation Models

Linking provider payments to performance measures is gaining popularity as a way to improve outcomes, efficiency and innovations.  Three performance-based contracting models have been implemented in Allegheny County, targeting: 1) the Senior Center network; 2) child welfare providers; and 3) DHS-funded providers of the Allegheny County Jail Collaborative.  Each focuses on service-related outcomes and offers ...

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Crime and Justice | October 1, 2014

The Costs and Benefits of Day Reporting Centers: A New Model of Adult Probation in Allegheny County

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The Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS) worked with Adult Probation to conduct a cost–benefit analysis of Day Reporting Centers (DRC) for offenders who have re-entered the community. The analysis examined three groups of offenders (low-risk, medium-risk and high-risk) participating in employment search and community services at the DRCs from March 2011 through January ...

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Crime and Justice | October 1, 2014

Calculating Unit Costs in Allegheny County: A Resource for Justice System Decision-Making and Policy Analysis

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Programs within the criminal justice system can be valued using the costs they save to the system, to the victims and to society; examining programs in this way – in conjunction with outcome information – can assist in resource allocation decisions. With technical assistance from the Vera Institute of Justice, a system-wide cost database was ...

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Crime and Justice | September 1, 2014

Changing Trends: An Analysis of the Allegheny County Jail Population

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From 2000 to 2012, Allegheny County Jail bookings decreased by approximately one-third. Arrests are the principal contributor to the number of bookings over time, but the number of arrests that result in a booking decreased over time due to changes in judicial procedure regarding arrests for Driving under the Influence (DUI) and use of a ...

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Crime and Justice | July 1, 2014

Pretrial Decision-Making: How a Model Pretrial Services Program Changed Allegheny County’s Criminal Justice System

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The Allegheny County Pretrial Services Department works behind the scenes to provide information and make recommendations to judges who have to make rapid and critical decisions at Motions Court almost every day of the week. Created in 2007 by combining the bail agency and three other programs that work with defendants prior to trial, Pretrial ...

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Crime and Justice | June 1, 2014

Reducing Street Violence in Allegheny County: Research & Recommendations

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This report was prepared in response to concerns about high levels of street violence, particularly in certain areas of the county, and to support the joint efforts of the Allegheny County Criminal Justice Advisory Board and the Allegheny County Executive’s Public Health Commission on Preventing Violence and Promoting Community Health.  It is the result of ...

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Crime and Justice | March 1, 2014

Behavioral Health Services in The Allegheny County Jail

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The high percentage of inmates with mental health and/or substance use issues presents significant challenges to the correctional system. Untreated behavioral health issues contribute to higher rates of recidivism as well as a myriad of other barriers to successful community re-entry. To begin to address these challenges, the Allegheny County Jail Collaborative convened a workgroup ...

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Crime and Justice | January 1, 2014

Day Reporting Centers: The New Face of Probation in Allegheny County

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Community-based Day Reporting Centers have changed the way that offenders on probation are managed in Allegheny County. Centers focus on rehabilitation, offering a one-stop shop of services designed to support successful community re-entry. After being categorized according to their likelihood of re-offending, offenders are either assigned to an administrative caseload (low-risk offenders) or provided a ...

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Crime and Justice | November 1, 2013

Data Brief: Batterer Intervention Programs in Allegheny County

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Ensuring the safety of victims of domestic violence requires a change in the behavior of those who commit the crime (batterers).  Unfortunately, existing batterer intervention programs are ineffective, at best, and not based upon empirical evidence. In partnership with the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, the Allegheny County Jail and the District Attorney’s office, ...

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Crime and Justice | November 1, 2013

The Bridge to Home: The Allegheny County Jail Collaborative’s Family Support Initiative

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This report and accompanying video describe the Allegheny County Jail’s Family Support Program, implemented in 2009 as a key strategy of the Allegheny County Jail Collaborative’s Reentry Program Click to read the full report. ...

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Crime and Justice | October 15, 2013

Allegheny County Jail Collaborative Annual Report 2012-13

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Crime and Justice | October 1, 2013

Stories of Transition: Men and Women in the Jail Collaborative’s Reentry Program

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These narratives describe the experiences of individuals who participated in the Allegheny County Jail Reentry Program. Stories of Transition – Part I Stories of Transition – Part II ...

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Crime and Justice | October 1, 2013

Homicide in Allegheny County, 1997 through 2012

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This brief and research report provide an analysis of homicides in Allegheny County, including involvement of victims in the human services and criminal justice systems, in order to understand the factors that contribute to community violence and how it disproportionately affects certain populations. Click to read the data brief.  Click to read the full report. ...

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Crime and Justice | January 1, 2013

I Hope I See You Somewhere Else: Allegheny County Jail’s Discharge Center Helps Ex-Offenders Leave on the Right Foot

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This report provides an overview of the Allegheny County Jail’s Discharge Center. Click to read the full report. ...

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Crime and Justice | January 1, 2013

Allegheny County DUI Alternative to Jail Program: System Collaboration Leads to Innovative Reform

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This report provides a description of the DUI Alternative to Jail Program and its impact on the systems and individuals involved. Click to read the full report....

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Crime and Justice | September 1, 2012

Allegheny County Jail Collaborative Annual Report 2011-12

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Crime and Justice | June 1, 2012

HOPE: Helping Others Through the Power of Education: A Report on a Series of Events Held in the Spring of 2011

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Three events were held throughout May and June of 2011, designed to bring together youth and families from a number of DHS children and youth-serving systems. A description and evaluation of each event are included in this report. Click here to view the full report. ...

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Crime and Justice | January 1, 2012

Evaluation of Allegheny County’s Crisis Intervention Team Training Program

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This report summarizes the development, implementation and evaluation of a crisis intervention training program designed to teach police officers how to identify and intervene appropriately and safely with individuals with mental illness. Click here to view the full report....

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Crime and Justice | November 1, 2011

Collaborative Approach to Juvenile Justice Reform: An Analysis of Juvenile Justice Related Services in Allegheny County

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This report provides an overview of Allegheny County’s Juvenile Justice Related Services, created to ensure that adolescents in the juvenile justice system who are struggling with behavioral health issues receive coordinated services tailored to their individual needs. Click to read the full report.  Executive Summary of Juvenile Justice Related Services in Allegheny County Key Characteristics ...

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Crime and Justice | September 1, 2011

How Case Reviews Transformed Allegheny County’s Criminal Justice System

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This report describes Allegheny County’s criminal justice case review process, including factors that have contributed to its success and proposed solutions to ongoing issues. Click here to view the full report....

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Crime and Justice | July 1, 2011

Allegheny County Jail Collaborative Annual Report 2010-11

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Crime and Justice | January 1, 2011

An Analysis of Allegheny County Mental Health Court

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This analysis uses summary violations and criminal convictions to compare recidivism rates of graduates of the Allegheny County Mental Health Court, which was established in 2001 to address the needs of people with mental illness and/or substance use disorders in judicial proceedings. Click here to view the full report. ...

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Crime and Justice | January 1, 2010

Homewood: A Community Profile

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This profile of the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Homewood (and subsequent Addendum) was compiled by DHS to assess demographic changes and examine quality of life issues-poverty, education, health care-in Homewood and in the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County to accurately assess the community’s assets and needs. Click here to view the full report. Click here ...

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Crime and Justice | June 1, 2008

One Vision One Life Trauma Center Intervention Program

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This research brief examines the 41 trauma center interventions conducted by One Vision One Life from 2005 to the spring/early summer of 2007. Click to read the full report....

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Crime and Justice | June 1, 2008

Violence in Allegheny County and Pittsburgh

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This report provides a profile of community violence in Allegheny County in order to better understand the relationship with violence held by DHS consumers and clients. Click to read the full report. ...

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Crime and Justice | March 1, 2008

Children of Incarcerated Parents

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This report examines the human service experiences and potential needs of children of incarcerated parents. Click to read the full report. ...

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