(Montgomery, Ala.) – The Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center (ACJIC) released a special report today entitled School Violence in Alabama 2011. This report includes the state’s official statistical analysis of violence offenses reported to the state Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program, by Alabama law enforcement agencies for the calendar year of 2011, where the premise code for the offense was reported as a school.
Including offense data reported by law enforcement agencies including public and private schools (K-12, post-secondary, and colleges and universities), the School Violence in Alabama 2011 report found that:
· School violence was indicated in 2% of all reported violent offenses and 3% of all reported simple assaults in Alabama in 2011.
· Of the reported offenses of school violence in 2011, 11% were cleared by the arrest of a juvenile, six percent by the arrest of an adult, and 27 % by exceptional clearance (lack of prosecution). 56% of the offenses were not cleared.
· 53% of the victims of the reported school violence in Alabama during 2011 were female.
· 49% of all these school violence victims were acquainted with their offender, and 31% of the victims reported injuries.
· Juveniles made up 57% of the school violence victims, representing the largest number of school violence victims in the robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault categories. Of the juveniles, 42% were ages 13-17.
· Hands, fists or feet were the weapon used in 90% of the school violence offenses.
· Although 43% of school violence offenses occurred at an elementary or secondary school, only 15% of the victims were of elementary school age, while 42% of the victims were of middle-school or high-school student age, which includes the age range of 13-17 years.
· 22 % of school violence offenses reported in Alabama during 2011 occurred at a college or university, with 16% of the victims being of college age (18-24). A total of 19 colleges and universities in Alabama submitted 2011 crime statistics for the uniform crime report. For a full list of reporting law enforcement agencies, please see Crime in Alabama 2011 online at www.acjic.alabama.gov
School Violence in Alabama 2011 is a special report utilizing uniform crime reporting data submitted by approximately 350 Alabama law enforcement agencies. The report utilized data reviewed for the 2011 Crime in Alabama publication, which features a compilation of incident, offense and arrest data reported by county, municipal, university and state law enforcement agencies throughout Alabama for the previous calendar year. The report also includes an overview of certain Part II crimes, as well as statistics regarding arrests and recovered property.
“We always caution citizens or the media against drawing conclusions by making direct comparisons between statistics submitted by cities or individual agencies, as there are unique conditions that affect each law enforcement jurisdiction,” said Maury Mitchell, ACJIC director. “Valid assessments are only possible with careful study and analysis of the conditions that affect each law enforcement jurisdiction.”
Alabama’s Uniform Crime Reporting program is administered by ACJIC Statistical Analysis Center to provide uniform crime statistics to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The special School Violence in Alabama 2011 report was prepared by the ACJIC, the state agency responsible for gathering and providing critical information for Alabama’s law enforcement and the criminal justice community.
Leading the nation in the development of ground-breaking technology, ACJIC connects local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) administered by the FBI and also provides access to law enforcement in all 50 states and internationally via Nlets, the International Justice and Public Safety Network.
The full School Violence in Alabama 2011 is available online at http://www.acjic.alabama.gov/cia/2011_special_school_violence.pdf and the Crime in Alabama 2011 report can be obtained online ACJIC Crime Statistics page at http://www.acjic.alabama.gov/crime.cfm.