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New York, Microsoft Unveil Joint Crime-Tracking System

New York, Microsoft Unveil Joint Crime-Tracking System | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
New York police will be able to search for criminal suspects with cameras and license-plate readers through a new system developed in partnership with Microsoft Corp., the city said.
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Iran judiciary detains President Rouhani's brother in corruption case

Iran judiciary detains President Rouhani's brother in corruption case | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Iranian authorities have detained President Hassan Rouhani's brother, the judiciary spokesman said on Sunday, in a corruption case that the president's supporters say is politically motivated.
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These Are The 10 Most Ghetto Cities In California

These Are The 10 Most Ghetto Cities In California | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
We used science and data to analyze which cities in CA are ghetto central.
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DS's curator insight, July 16, 8:33 PM

How can the Capital of California, Sacramento be ranked "more ghetto" than Stockton, or Compton? This is not a Scholarly, peer reviewed journal article. published by www.roadsnacks.net infotainment. Nick James, needs to conduct Research prior to posting Results.  "Science & Data" Yeah Right!

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The ex-Chicago cop at the center of the controversy over crime-prediction technology

The ex-Chicago cop at the center of the controversy over crime-prediction technology | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
There's a story Brett Goldstein likes to tell. It starts on a Friday night in 2010 with him sitting in a darkened Crown Victoria on a Chicago street, poring over maps. Goldstein was a commander at the Chicago Police Department, in charge of a small unit using data analysis to predict where certain types of crimes were likely to occur at any time. Earlier that day, his computer models forecast a heightened probability of violence on a particular South Side block. Now that he and his partner were there, Goldstein was doubting himself.

"It didn't look like it should be a target for a shooting," he recalled. "The houses looked great. Everything was well manicured. You expect, if you're in this neighborhood, you're looking for abandoned buildings, you're looking for people selling dope. I saw none of that."

Still, they staked it out. Goldstein's wife had just given birth to their second child, and he was exhausted after a day in the office. He started to doze off. Goldstein's partner argued that the data must be wrong. At 11 p.m., they left.

Several hours later, Goldstein woke up to the sound of his BlackBerry buzzing. There had been a shooting—on the block where he'd been camped out. "This sticks with me because we thought we shouldn't be there, but the computer thought we should be there," said Goldstein. He took the near-miss as vindication of his vision for the future of law enforcement. "I do believe in a policeman's gut. But I also believe in augmenting his or her gut," he said.
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DS's comment, July 16, 7:57 PM
Interesting article, predictive policing uses an algorithm to pinpoint high crime areas. Predicting the type of crime likely to occur is evidence of real progress.
DS's curator insight, July 16, 8:04 PM

Interesting article. Predictive Policing uses an algorithm to pinpoint high crime areas. Calling the time, or type of crime, that is likely to occur now that is evidence of progress. 

Stanley Kreft's comment, July 17, 1:02 AM
This could be very promising new technology and a giant step for criminology. To be able to predict where and reasonably when a crime is going to accuse should definitely help raise the closer rate of many crimes.i wonder if by the police relocating to the predicted crime areas, will cause a rise in the areas they would be operating had they not relocateddue to the predictions?
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Former Colorado sheriff acquitted of 3 of 7 counts

Former Colorado sheriff acquitted of 3 of 7 counts | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Jurors found former El Paso County sheriff Terry Maketa not guilty of witness tampering, conspiracy to commit witness tampering and official misconduct. The former lawman was accused of trying to undermine the credibility of three deputies and threatening to terminate a $5.3 million contract with the jail's health provider if it did not fire an employee who refused to support then-Undersheriff Paula Presley's candidacy to succeed him. Prosecutors said he abused his power during his turbulent third term in office, and he wanted to damage political rivals and destroy the careers of deputies and others who had crossed him.
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Federal prosecutors say they will seek a new trial for Sheldon Silver

Federal prosecutors say they will seek a new trial for Sheldon Silver | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Federal prosecutors said they will seek a new trial for Sheldon Silver, the longtime speaker of the New York State Assembly whose 2015 conviction on bribery was vacated Thursday by an appellate court.

The Second Circuit of the Court of Appeals ruled that instructions to the jury did not comport with a subsequent Supreme Court decision in the case against former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell. As such, the appellate judges ruled, “it is not clear beyond a reasonable doubt that a rational jury would have reached the same conclusion if properly instructed, as is required by law for the verdict to stand.”
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What we know about the man who confessed to killing 4 in Pa.

What we know about the man who confessed to killing 4 in Pa. | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
What we know about the man who confessed to killing 4 in Pa.
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First time or just the first one we know about?  The suspect is pretty young, though....
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Virginia executes 'delusional' William Morva for 2006 killings

Virginia executes 'delusional' William Morva for 2006 killings | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
William Morva was pronounced dead at 9:15 p.m. His lawyers said the jury that sentenced him wasn't told he had a delusional disorder.
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Laura Lee Smith's comment, July 12, 5:09 PM
If it is true jury members were not informed he had a delusional disorder isn't that a failure on the defense's team? Their job is to provide not only information related to the crime but the mental state of their defendant! If a potential defense could have been mounted related to this delusional disorder I think they would have explored that, this seems late at best and weakly justified.
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Attorney: Illinois kidnapping suspect deserves fair hearing

Attorney: Illinois kidnapping suspect deserves fair hearing | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The defense attorney for a man accused of kidnapping a University of Illinois scholar from China says his client deserves the "presumption of innocence."

Tom Bruno represents 28-year-old Brendt Christensen, who is accused of kidnapping 26-year-old Yingying Zhang and is jailed pending trial. Authorities believe she's dead, although her body hasn't been found. Christensen was arrested Friday.

Bruno said Thursday that he doesn't think "a negative inference" can be made from prosecutors' statements that Christensen marched in a vigil for Zhang a day before he was arrested.

Prosecutors also say Christensen spoke about how Zhang fought and resisted, and about what makes an ideal victim. Prosecutors haven't given details about to whom Christensen made the statements. Bruno said without a source it's hard to judge whether the statements are reliable.
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Profilers will tell you to watch the vigil crowds because often the killer will be there or will be driving by....
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Anna Givens's comment, July 13, 3:31 PM
I had to pull up another article to read the background of this story. This aches my heart. I hope that he either starts talking more to police because I read that the FBI does have him an audio saying that he did admit to kidnapping her and holding her against her will. Wonder what the motive around this story is. Did they have courses together? Was she at the wrong place at the wrong time? Was he stalking her for some time ( she had been in the US for 2 months when this occurred). Your comment was also interesting in that profile tell you to watch vigils because often time the offenders are there. I have read about this many times before- more famously in the case of Ariel Castro who went to vigils for the missing women he held for years in his home but also went and conducted search groups for them- all while they were tied up in his home!
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111 terminally ill patients took their own lives in first 6 months of California right-to-die law

111 terminally ill patients took their own lives in first 6 months of California right-to-die law | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
California health officials released data on the first year of the End of Life Option Act, which allows terminally ill Californians to request lethal prescriptions from their doctors.
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Anna Givens's comment, July 13, 3:42 PM
Interesting. I am unsure how I feel about this. I read about this a few years ago when a women made it public she was going to take her pills. She had an extravagant party for a week with all her close friends and family and had a specific day at the end that she was going to take the pills surrounded by everyone. It was in this link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/inspired-life/wp/2016/08/16/a-terminally-ill-woman-had-one-rule-at-her-end-of-life-party-no-crying/?utm_term=.00f6e5fbe9f1 it was interesting to read about her story. Death by dignity also brings confusion to me. Some life insurances will not pay out if the policy holder commits suicide. I wonder how this death is pronounced in these cases.
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Police use DNA from discarded cigarette butt to link man to 2014 Chicago murder

Police use DNA from discarded cigarette butt to link man to 2014 Chicago murder | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A discarded cigarette butt at the scene of a 2014 gang-related killing in Chicago led authorities to arrest and charge a man with murder Thursday.
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Boan White's comment, July 12, 2:22 AM
just goes to show that these days criminals get punished more often then not.
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Fresno Police Chief, Mayor, Groups Call For Gang Violence Truce

Fresno Police Chief, Mayor, Groups Call For Gang Violence Truce | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
FRESNO, CA (KMJ) - City leaders fighting back against gangs in Fresno
Fresno Mayor Lee brand and Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer met Friday June 30th with religious leaders and groups including the NAACP, Stop the Violence Fresno, the Boys & Girls Club, just a handful of names that are all vowin
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Stanley Kreft's comment, July 6, 9:08 AM
I believe this is a solid step in the right direction. This story relates directly this sections reading in that the atmosphere of the community is very influential in the lives and choices of its youth. By so many of the community standing together to help influence and monitor the cities youth =, this could curtail the growth and activities of gangs. However this will not be an immediate fix i believe as it will take time for the current gang members to age out. So in order for this movement to truly have a lasting impact the community needs to stand together. They also need to realize that it will take time and that they need to stay active not giving up any ground they gain.
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Why demanding extreme racial equality in school suspensions does students more harm

Why demanding extreme racial equality in school suspensions does students more harm | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
More than half of the nation's 50 largest school districts have reduced suspensions 'to the dismay of those on the front lines.'
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DS's curator insight, July 4, 8:30 AM

Affirmative Action Policies undermine the integrity of Institutions who promote it, producing poor role models, & further weakening already disorganized communities. The current policy presents racial disparities in school discipline "No Thug Left Behind" promotes violence and chaos in public schools. "If you treat kids differently because of race, or gender you should be sued for discrimination."  -William Perry Pendeley

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Data On Drug Use Is Disappearing Just When We Need It Most

Data On Drug Use Is Disappearing Just When We Need It Most | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Is the recent spike in deaths primarily the result of increased heroin use, or is it also due to the increased potency of the drug?
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The Best List Of Alaska Cities

A comprehensive list of all 23 cities and places in Alaska. Browse special categories of cities only found on HomeSnacks.
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Jenna's comment, July 17, 4:04 PM
I thought it was funny how Wasilla was listed as the most redneck city in Alaska but Kotzebue was listed as the most dangerous. Kodiak was listed as the second most dangerous and it makes me wonder why. They took data from the UCR and analyzed property and violent crime reports. There must be a lot of hidden crimes that they don't want the visitors to know about or is it just not that bad of a state to live in.
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Report: Nurse’s Opioid Abuse Caused Bacteria Outbreak in Wisconsin Hospital

Report: Nurse’s Opioid Abuse Caused Bacteria Outbreak in Wisconsin Hospital | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Investigators discovered the nurse was removing opioids from syringes and replacing them with a saline solution, causing the bacteria outbreak.
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DS's curator insight, July 16, 8:17 PM

This is not her first time. Gender & Crime, Probation, Ridiculous. Routine Activities Theory. Sadly, this is Business as usual. I used to have to work with them. 

Stanley Kreft's comment, July 17, 1:02 AM
This just goes to show how not all criminals come from deprived urban centers. A nurse earns a decent wage and has taken an oath to help people but due to her drug addictions broke the ethics of health care. This is why it is so hard to pin point a specific cause of crime.
Jenna's comment, July 17, 4:07 PM
This scares me because we are supposed to trust the health care system. It is amazing how there is crime in every place, even in places where the professionals get paid a lot of money to do their job. It makes me wonder what the best deterrence would be for these type of criminals.
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Fremont County Sheriff’s Office asks for public’s help identifying facial reconstruction figure

Fremont County Sheriff’s Office asks for public’s help identifying facial reconstruction figure | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The Coroner's Office is still trying to identify the body of a hiker found in September.
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Washington man pleads guilty to defrauding Alaskans out of $2.7M

He asked for money to pay medical bills but spent it at the casino, prosecutors say.
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Stanley Kreft's comment, July 17, 1:10 AM
This case is very intriguing in that the people continued to give money to the man despite going into severe debt and forecloses. Meanwhile the criminal continued to deceive people just to feed his addiction. Addiction is one of the largest contributors to crime i believe, if there was a solid way to break addiction crime rates would drastically fall.
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US charging 412 in health fraud schemes worth $1.3 billion

US charging 412 in health fraud schemes worth $1.3 billion | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
US charging 412 in health fraud schemes worth $1.3 billion
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Cold case cracked? Police arrest suspect in teen girl's 2000 murder

Cold case cracked? Police arrest suspect in teen girl's 2000 murder | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The Surete du Quebec arrested a suspect Thursday in connection with the murder of 17-year-old Rosianna Poucachiche—a case that’s remained cold for the last 17 years.
The suspect, a 33-year-old man from the Outaouais region, was arrested at a hunting outpost just south of Lac Rapide. Police say that he fled into the forest on foot briefly before being captured.
On October 10, 2000, Poucachiche was found beaten to death in bed at the home she shared with her father on the Algonquin reserve.
At the time, the cause of death was stated to be significant head trauma.
A spokesperson for the SQ said that the lead came after new DNA tests were performed this spring.
Although the suspect was investigated at the time of the murder and his house was searched by police – preliminary DNA testing could not link him to the crime.
At the time, Poucachiche’s family criticized the SQ’s handling of the case, specifically the absence of leads in the years following her murder.
The connection between the suspect and the victim was not disclosed by police. Officials say they knew each other from the community.
Some reports indicate that the suspect’s name has not been released because he was a minor at the time of the murder.
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Boan White's comment, July 12, 1:56 AM
I am glad that there are some cold cases that get solved, I feel that to often they are simply left to gather dust, thank you advances in forensic science.
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New forensics procedures at Contra Costa County Crime Lab speed results

New forensics procedures at Contra Costa County Crime Lab speed results | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
MARTINEZ — The drama, cutting-edge science and police work that keeps “CSI” fans glued to their TVs are happening in real life at the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Department Crime Lab.…
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Boan White's comment, July 12, 2:23 AM
wow just wow looks like those CSI shows are becoming more of a reality.
Jenna's comment, July 17, 4:09 PM
Now that is just cool. Science is making it even faster and easier to solve crimes and mysteries. Soon there will be no need for Scooby Doo and his gang, just pure science to find the culprits.
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FBI indicts 14 connected to Mexican Mafia-ordered attacks in LA county jails

FBI indicts 14 connected to Mexican Mafia-ordered attacks in LA county jails | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Following an extensive investigation by local and federal agents, several Mexican Mafia members and associates were indicted in connection with a series of violent jail attacks on inmates last year, FBI officials announced Friday.“In one
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DS's curator insight, July 5, 7:12 PM

The Safe Streets Task Force is a concerted law enforcement effort, involving several different law enforcement agencies. This article was informs of police work involving collective efficacy. The scenario is descriptive of conduct norms/clash, with sub-cultural values. Sutherland, differential association theory. In our civilized society, prisoners who have shown a commitment to conformity deserve some protection.

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Why You Really Need to Stop Using Public Wi-Fi

Why You Really Need to Stop Using Public Wi-Fi | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it

In today’s busy world, convenience seems to outweigh consequence, especially with how people use their mobile devices. Using free public Wi-Fi networks, for example, comes with any number of serious security risks, yet surveys show that the overwhelming majority of Americans do it anyway. In a study by privatewifi.com, a whopping three-quarters of people admitted to connecting to their personal email while on public Wi-Fi.

It isn’t hard to see that a few moments of online convenience are far outweighed by your money or financial information being stolen, or by suffering the embarrassment of your personal information being publicly released. According to a recent opinion poll, more people are leery of public Wi-Fi networks than of public toilet seats (a promising sign). But an interesting experiment, conducted at the 2016 Republican and Democratic National Conventions, showed attendees’ true colors. At each convention, private entities provided visitors with free public Wi-Fi networks (for social science purposes). Around 70% of people connected to the nonsecure Wi-Fi networks at both conferences.
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DS's curator insight, July 4, 8:01 AM

This is an Interesting article which describes some of the possible tricks hackers can use to monitor your access device. The article continues to explain some of the defense's users can deploy to protect their personal electronics. Public Wi-Fi users expose themselves to potential security breach. Confirming the expression "there is no such thing as a free-lunch."

Stanley Kreft's comment, July 6, 9:00 AM
This is a very good example of how many people would rather go for the instant gratification versus long term possibilities. Our society in large has become ever so dependent on our electronic devices, which can increase our productivity. But we have also become increasingly inpatient due to these devices, and fail to weigh the reprocotions of some of our actions choosing instead to just go for the instant gratification. This makes it easier for criminals to get access and exploit potential victims. The victims become highly predictable, thus making it that much easier for the criminals to gain access.
Anna Givens's comment, July 13, 4:00 PM
Very informational article. I am guilty of logging into free wifi because of this convience of not having to use my own data. I definitely won't be using it any longer. Paying an extra few bucks if I run over my data plan is nothing compared to possibly being hacked of my financial information as well as personal pictures or information. And it is interesting that this article mentions of youtube videos show you how to hack the free wifis and some of them have over one million views. People are serious about hacking- this goes to show it. You don't need to accidently click the wrong button in an email, or add the wrong friend on Facebook- you simply have to connect to the internet.
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The IRS Thinks It's on to Something in Its Caterpillar Probe

The IRS Thinks It's on to Something in Its Caterpillar Probe | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The IRS has found what it considers to be the first evidence supporting its suspicions of tax evasion by Caterpillar, according to the WSJ.
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Stanley Kreft's comment, July 6, 9:16 AM
Here is another story that can be related to some of this sections readings. It's not just the poor and depraved who commit crimes, there is also the wealthy ad well to do. The high ranking officials of companies like this look for loop holes or ways to the raise the companies profits. Whereby earning themselves a bonus of kick back type reward. They weigh the profit versus penalties and make decisions accordingly. Still why do some people do it and not others. I do believe there is a correlation between upbringing and criminal activity and decision making.
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An alternative to going to jail for people dealing with mental health problems

An alternative to going to jail for people dealing with mental health problems | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Scott County's mental health court shows signs of success after a year of activity. 
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DS's curator insight, July 4, 9:27 AM

Mayra Cordova, provides one perspective of the issues Scott County is facing in dealing with it's mentally ill, offender population. A lack of State funding being one of those. The program seeks to provide misd./felony level offenders who have Mental Health Problems with "the medication you need." The stated end goal being to "get them employed?" Is that a good-idea? Genesis Philanthropy, a pseudonym for Astra-Zeneca is currently sponsoring the program. -Glaxo-Smith Klein Reporting.

Abigail Buentello's comment, July 17, 3:55 AM
This relates the other article I commented on. I am glad that there is more being done for inmates/criminals with mental health problems. Incarceration alone won't help them, they need medical help and medicine. This is such a great program to help rehabilitate them when they are released from prison.
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Restorative justice offers better way to discipline students than suspensions, some educators say

Restorative justice offers better way to discipline students than suspensions, some educators say | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it

Thousands of Edmonton students are suspended and expelled from schools each year. There are better ways to improve their behaviour than sending them home, experts say.


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Laura Lee Smith's comment, July 12, 5:13 PM
I am a big proponent of restorative justice practices in places where it is prudent and affordable, there are some places where sheer numbers would preclude a system based entirely on these practices. However, after taking a class and attending a symposium on the subject, I am a supporter. Especially in microcosms of schools!