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Medical Marijuana Causes Crime, not so Fast says Study ...

Medical Marijuana Causes Crime, not so Fast says Study ... | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
One of the most popular criticisms by opponents of medical marijuana has to do with a perceived increase in local crime. Politicians and outraged community members frequently claim that marijuana dispensaries will increase ...
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Lindsey Giacomelli's comment, May 10, 2013 4:29 AM
This is interesting article. First I don't agree with legalization of marijuana (I'm more conservative), but I'm not sure about it causing crime. Doesn't it just make you all relaxed and make you have the munchies? I also think they should do a study in a place that went from not much marijuana use to a lot of marijuana use, cause lets face it California isn't known for people not getting high.

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California’s Drought Is So Bad, Thieves Are Now Stealing Water

California’s Drought Is So Bad, Thieves Are Now Stealing Water | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Forget gold or cash, credit cards or gas. The new hot commodity to steal in parched California is H20.
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The mass incarceration of black men | Abagond

The mass incarceration of black men | Abagond | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it

"Michelle Alexander, a civil rights lawyer and law professor at Ohio State University, argues in “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness” (2010) that the mass imprisonment of black men since the 1980s has taken the place of Jim Crow as American society’s main way to control black men -  just as Jim Crow itself took the place of making them slaves.

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While blacks and whites sell and possess drugs at about the same rate, guess who is filling up the prisons under these drug laws? Mostly black and Latino men, particularly those from poor neighbourhoods. In some states as many as 80 to 90% of those found guilty of a drug crime are black men. But the Supreme Court sees no racism in that."

 

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Inmates denied methadone treatment less likely to seek it once free

Inmates denied methadone treatment less likely to seek it once free | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
New trial results published in The Lancet show that inmates forced off of methadone maintenance treatment upon incarceration—a widespread policy in U.S.

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Interest picks up in legal marijuana as constitutional issue

Interest picks up in legal marijuana as constitutional issue | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Comments from a GOP presidential contender and a federal judge have put the issue of states legalizing marijuana back on the constitutional front burner.

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Angela Perry's comment, May 28, 5:18 PM
Sometimes I feel that if they just would legalize marijuana and tax it like they do alcohol and tobacco much of this fuss would go away. Look at the million and maybe even billions of dollars that is made from trafficking it up from Mexico. America should get wise and start making a profit from it instead of these drug cartels in other countries. With a federal regulation on the substance there would be no need for the states to sue and fight against what one or the other is or is not doing.
Rob Duke's comment, May 28, 5:38 PM
Yes, that's the seeming direction of things. Interestingly, we once funded the entire budget with taxes on alcohol and also tariffs. The problem then became that the alcohol barons had way too much influence on government. The progressive movement worked diligently to reduce this influence, but ultimately all those efforts (passing new constitutions in states that allowed voter initiatives and referendums, etc.) were insufficient, so an Income tax was passed and Prohibition put in place. As we move toward decriminalization, we'll need to ensure that we don't become too dependent on these revenue streams. For one, I don't think that would develop as a problem now because government has grown so large that we'll never be likely to escape an income tax. While the tax is annoying, it does make the legislature more responsive to voters/tax payers.
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New South Wales Greens push to ban sniffer dogs

New South Wales Greens push to ban sniffer dogs | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it

The New South Wales Greens will introduce a bill to parliament calling for a ban on sniffer dog operations across the state, describing the current approach as wasteful, dangerous and ineffective. 

Mr Shoebridge said the use of sniffer dogs "does not target high-level drug dealers or suppliers. It targets young people, the poor and Aboriginal communities."


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Seems like they're doing it wrong then.  Sniffer dogs are often deployed at the constriction points in the supply chain.  This disrupts delivery of the product and shouldn't target many low level offenders....

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Julian Buchanan's curator insight, May 28, 3:13 AM

Sniffer dogs, drug testing, policing possession - are programmes from prohibition that have dubious validity, do more harm than good and target the poor, the indigenous, Black people, ethnic minorities and anyone else considered an ‘other’.

We are better without them. 

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Cruel new Housing Benefit cut threatens vulnerable young people with homelessness

Cruel new Housing Benefit cut threatens vulnerable young people with homelessness | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The abolition of housing benefit for 18-21 year-olds on Jobseekers Allowance, recently announced , has dismayed homelessness charities.   Jon Sparkes, the chief executive of Crisis, called it ...

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Too bad.  Housing rules prohibit criminal behavior, drug use, and gang membership, which greatly reduces (but doesn't eliminate) these behaviors.

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Dorothy Retha Cook's curator insight, May 28, 10:14 AM

HOMELESSNESS NOT ONLY EFFECTS THE ADULTS BUT CHILDREN ALSO!

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Evidence of 430,000-year-old human violence found - BBC News

Evidence of 430,000-year-old human violence found - BBC News | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A human skull from a deep cave in northern Spain shows evidence of a lethal violent attack 430,000 years ago, a study shows.
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Colorado Gunman's Notebook of Ramblings Becomes Evidence

Colorado Gunman's Notebook of Ramblings Becomes Evidence | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
"And finally, the last escape, mass murder at the movies"
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Excellent example where something bio-chemical is probably at work in the crime....

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Nebraska Lawmakers Have Successfully Abolished the Death Penalty | VICE | United States

Nebraska Lawmakers Have Successfully Abolished the Death Penalty | VICE | United States | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
If they succeed, Nebraska will be the 19th state—and the first led by Republicans—to abolish the death penalty.
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Republicans Leading the Charge to Abolish the Death Penalty

Republicans Leading the Charge to Abolish the Death Penalty | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
“WE WOULD have ended any other government programmes that inefficient and costly a long time ago,” says Colby Coash, a Republican lawmaker in Nebraska. Mr Coash...
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FIFA officials arrested on corruption charges, face U.S. extradition

FIFA officials arrested on corruption charges, face U.S. extradition | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Swiss authorities are arresting several top FIFA officials on federal corruption charges in Zurich and plan to extradite them to the United States.
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White Collar Crime or Real Politiks?

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Amazing Village Built Exclusively For People With Dementia

Amazing Village Built Exclusively For People With Dementia | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Check out this amazing village built exclusively for people with dementia.
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Red card for the ultras

Red card for the ultras | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
FOOTBALL, like politics, arouses strong passions in Egypt. Bring the two together and you get a combustible mixture. Add police brutality and you get the explosive...
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Will Putting Silk Road Founder Ross Ulbricht Behind Bars Accomplish Anything?

Will Putting Silk Road Founder Ross Ulbricht Behind Bars Accomplish Anything? | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Tomorrow Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht will be sentenced.  He faces the possibility of between 20 years to life behind bars because drugs were bought and sold on his website.  The prosecution is painting him as a major drug dealer and blaming him for the deaths of six people who overdosed (without acknowledging that our current drug policies lead to 35,000 accidental overdose deaths per year).
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These maps show how rent is too damn high across America

These maps show how rent is too damn high across America | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Brace yourself: The average American worker needs to earn $19.35 an hour to afford rent for a standard two-bedroom apartment. That’s more than two times the current federal minimum wage. Weeping into your laptop yet?

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NO WONDER SO MANY ARE HOMELESS IT A SHAME AND A DISGRACE BECAUSE ACCORDING TO THIS ARTICLE THEY CANT FORD NOT TO BE! ACCORDING TO THIS I CANT AFFORD TO PAY ATTENTION. THE COST OF LIVING WENT ALL THE WAY UP AND LEFT THE AVERAGE MINIMUM WAGE EARNING PERSON DOWN IN THE LOW DIRT OF THINGS.

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Young Hispanic People Are Squeezed Between Gangs and Cops in California's Central Valley | VICE | United States

Young Hispanic People Are Squeezed Between Gangs and Cops in California's Central Valley | VICE | United States | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
In some of the drought-stricken region's minority communities, young people suffer from hopelessness that drives them to join criminal organizations run by men living in prisons hundreds of miles away.
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My last Chief's posting was in Fresno County just below this area...

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Are judges simply ‘politicians in robes’?

Are judges simply ‘politicians in robes’? | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
From an outsider’s perspective, it seems like liberal-conservative ideology predicts the way that judges will rule. But new research suggests the truth is more complicated.

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Want to Stop Crime? Legalize Drugs, Says Police Organization LEAP

Want to Stop Crime? Legalize Drugs, Says Police Organization LEAP | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Police group say protests in Baltimore and Ferguson are symptoms of the country's failed war on drugs, and ending that policy will help fix broken a police system.

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It'll increase the types of crime that we see with other retail (theft, robbery, white collar types of crime--e.g. your bookkeeper embezzles); but, it will reduce the violent crimes that are endemic to a system with no lawful dispute resolution processes.

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Julian Buchanan's curator insight, May 28, 3:44 AM

The problem is there are sixteen groups that benefit from keeping prohibition:
https://julianbuchanan.wordpress.com/2015/04/02/15-benefits-from-the-war-on-drugs/

 

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Corrupt Courts & For-Profit Probation Companies Still Running Illegal Debtors’ Prisons

Corrupt Courts & For-Profit Probation Companies Still Running Illegal Debtors’ Prisons | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
In an eye-opening video by the ACLU, it is revealed that private companies have been helping to put poor people behind bars for debt collection, a practice that was outlawed almost two hundred years ago.

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It's all probably very legal, but arguably ineffective and unfair.  For example, the poor can't afford the fees for ankle bracelets, thus stay in jail longer than those who are more well off.  Those who are out on ankle monitoring have the opportunity to work and pay off fines.

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How To Avoid Craigslist's Rampant 'Sight Unseen' Purchase Scams

How To Avoid Craigslist's Rampant 'Sight Unseen' Purchase Scams | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Any form of payment that is not traceable is a problem. Unless you are handing the cash to a living, breathing person who is handing you the keys to a car that is right there. Ask yourself” If this deal goes bad, what recourse do I have? If you are not sure, ask around. Friends and acquaintances often have a sober view of how you should not send your money to strangers you met on the internet’s classified section.
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Hold Bankers Accountable for Their Crimes

Hold Bankers Accountable for Their Crimes | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Last week, Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch announced that five major banks were pleading guilty to criminal charges for what she described as a “brazen display of collusion” to manipulate the currency markets. The banks — Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, UBS, Barclays and Royal Bank of Scotland Group — were hit with $5.6 billion in fines and penalties.

Sensibly, the banks were forced to plead guilty, not simply pay fines in settlements where they neither admitted nor denied the changes. But the charges still were brought against banks, not bankers. No banker was held accountable. The personal fortunes of the bankers who profited were not touched. Shareholders, not bankers, will pay the fines. The Justice Department would have us believe that criminal banks ran profitable criminal conspiracies without involving any bankers.

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Police Dog Rescues Deputy After He's Ambushed By 3 Men

Police Dog Rescues Deputy After He's Ambushed By 3 Men | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Police K-9 came to the rescue of Mississippi officer who was attacked by 3 men.
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That's what you get when you try to take on the land shark's papa.....  http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/landshark/2832305

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Angela Perry's comment, May 28, 5:31 PM
The assailants got exactly what they deserved from the K-9, Lucas is another officer on duty, he just happens to have four legs instead of two. He might not have been issued a duty weapon like his counter part but he does have some nice sharp teeth to use instead. Lucas is the back up officer that Deputy Fraizer was waiting for to assist him when he was attacked. Deputy Fraizer is lucky to be alive but he can sure say his thanks to Lucas.
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How FIFA’s Structure Lends Itself To Corruption

How FIFA’s Structure Lends Itself To Corruption | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The U.S. Justice Department says the indictments it handed down Wednesday against soccer officials and sports-marketing executives are just the beginning of its efforts to root out corruption in th...
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This is a key insight: Institutions (rules) and organizational structure are both extremely important to creating the opportunity for corruption.

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Holdouts who REFUSE to sell their "nail houses" to developers

Holdouts who REFUSE to sell their "nail houses" to developers | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Angry with Chinese homeowners who refuse to sell out, the country's eager and rapacious developers call their houses "stubborn nails" that can't be pounded into wood.

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Juvenile Jails Adopting ACE- and Trauma-Informed Practices

Juvenile Jails Adopting ACE- and Trauma-Informed Practices | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
After decades of get-tough policies that often morphed delinquent youth into hardened criminals — i.e., further traumatizing already traumatized kids — state, local and private facilities are developing ACE- and trauma-informed training for staff and systems for their facilities. They realize that the time these post-traumatic youth spend under their roofs can be a time for healing — if it’s handled right.

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