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Restorative justice behind bars — RJ Online

from the article by Stacy Howard on the Criminal Justice section of Seattle University's website: This summer, Seattle University's Criminal Justice program took students out of the classroom and into prison cells.
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The neuroscience of restorative justice

The neuroscience of restorative justice | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Daniel Reisel studies the brains of criminal psychopaths (and mice). And he asks a big question: Instead of warehousing these criminals, shouldn’t we be using what we know about the brain to help them rehabilitate? Put another way: If the brain can grow new neural pathways after an injury … could we help the brain re-grow morality?
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Restorative justice is viable alternative

Restorative justice is viable alternative | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Last week I talked about two burglary incidents. The first was my own. Although the juvenile offender was caught, the only participation I had in the entire juvenile justice procedure was when I received a restitution check for $250 in the mail. I was never given the opportunity to attend any court hearings or confront the boy or to deal with the psychological scars left by the burglary.
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Put Down The Phone, You’re Under Arrest: Turning The Table On Debt Collection Criminals

Put Down The Phone, You’re Under Arrest: Turning The Table On Debt Collection Criminals | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
“[T]his has become something of an epidemic.”

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Tribes work to create sex offender registers

Tribes work to create sex offender registers | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
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Elizabeth Sheppard's comment, November 22, 2:44 AM
This is something I didn't really consider because I assumed it was already something that would be implemented. I think this is really needed for those on tribal land. They already have a problem with child abuse and domestics, I'm sure that sex offenders can hide under the radar within the communities without such laws. Communication should be there between law enforcement and tribes to inform them of potential sex offenders within the communities. I see though at the same time it could be hard because some tribes like to keep their affairs very private and think no out side law should concern themselves with tribal matters. Hopefully they can use some of that casino funding and put it into a program to have a better idea of who is where.
Rodney Ebersole's comment, November 22, 4:29 PM
Interesting how Native tribes haven't been keeping track of sexual offenders in their neighborhoods. I would assume the tribes occupants would also want to know if their neighbor is a sexual predator or not. The government plays an interesting part in how they have given most rules and sovereignty to the tribes to handle yet by allowing this these communities can help keep sexual predators stay under the radar. Hopefully these communities are able to get in compliance with these registry lists and communities can be safer.
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Feds charge mining company and executives with criminal pollution in Southwest Alaska

Feds charge mining company and executives with criminal pollution in Southwest Alaska | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
An Australian-led mining company owned by an offshore corporation and five of its top officials and employees conspired to dump waste from a platinum mine into a Southwest Alaska salmon river, a federal indictment handed up Tuesday alleges.
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Elizabeth Sheppard's comment, Today, 3:40 AM
They should be charged, and heavily fined, and they should also on top of this pay to fix any damaged that has been caused, pay for the scientist it will take to discover the effects of this stupidity. Its a shame, people of Alaska lively hood is put at stake by outside corporations who could care less because they are not the ones drinking or using this water. The salmon in Alaska has already taken a hit, this does not help. Alaska got screwed on Valdez, this folks need to be made an example of. The time frame that they were able to get away with it for so long needs to be fixed as well.

http://www.iflscience.com/environment/epa-barred-getting-advice-scientists
This article makes me think of this recent article I read where they don't want to take scientific advise.

“A bill passed through the US House of Representatives is designed to prevent qualified, independent scientists from advising the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). They will be replaced with industry affiliated choices, who may or may not have relevant scientific expertise, but whose paychecks benefit from telling the EPA what their employers want to hear.”
So more cases like this one in Alaska will happen unless the proper research and checks are done. In the meantime the environment will be destroyed by money hungry capitalist.
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Forensic Accident Reconstructions

I saw this and just had to post it. I know it's not as interesting as the real thing, but I just think it's cool enough to post.

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Rodney Ebersole's comment, November 19, 6:00 PM
Graphics like these really put accidents into perspective and must help authorities in figuring out what happened at an accident. Understanding how cars react the way they do at different speeds is very interesting.
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Turning them around

Turning them around | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
WREATHS of poppies were laid to commemorate Britain’s war dead on Remembrance Day. But days before, police arrested four men suspected of planning a terrorist...
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Is ‘Illegal Pete’s’ an offensive name for a restaurant chain? Was it always?

Is ‘Illegal Pete’s’ an offensive name for a restaurant chain? Was it always? | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it

The national debate over the use of the term “illegal immigrant” has fixed on an unlikely lightning rod: the liberal-minded, pro-immigrant owner of a Mexican restaurant chain in Colorado.


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Tim Grant's curator insight, November 18, 8:16 AM

An interesting article via Krzysz Kredens on the impact of language change and offensiveness.

Kimberly Maddigan's comment, November 18, 8:22 PM
I think that these days people have become extremely sensitive about certain words and certain things in general. I don't really see the issue with this restaurant's name. The name means something to this restaurant owner and it has for a very long time. He doesn't mean it to be a racial or slur, or for it to be demeaning. In my opinion people need to stop thinking that everything is about them, because it really isn't. This restaurant name has nothing to do with illegal immigrants, yet they are the ones who are offended. It amazes me. There was a situation one time while I was working, where a customer told my boss she was going to have me deported back to Asia. It didn't hurt my feelings whatsoever, in fact I laughed at her stupidity and ignorance. Life is too short, to let little things like that upset you. You know where you are from, and whether or not you are an immigrant. I don't think these people should let these words hurt them, let alone a restaurant name.
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Wine & Bottles: A metaphor & a methodology for mainstreaming TJ, by David Wexler

Wine & Bottles:  A metaphor & a methodology for mainstreaming TJ,  by David Wexler | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
In this new Blog, we hope to include very short pieces relating to the “mainstreaming” of therapeutic jurisprudence (TJ) — that is, the use of TJ principles, practices, and techniques in the “ordin...
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Land, Co-ops, Compost: A Local Food Economy Emerges in Boston’s Poorest Neighborhoods

Land, Co-ops, Compost: A Local Food Economy Emerges in Boston’s Poorest Neighborhoods | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
From kitchens that buy and sell locally grown food, to a waste co-op that will return compost to the land, new enterprises are building an integrated food network. It’s about local people keeping the wealth of their land at home.

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Elizabeth Sheppard's comment, Today, 4:14 AM
This was a great article to read about. A community working together to keep food within the community and also build resources that support the local community. Its also great that they are able to recycle and reuse resources. I myself would rather go to a local co-op or farmers market to get my food. I do it here in Alaska. I am ok with paying extra if I know the money goes back into the community, as well as I know they are growing this food under the right conditions without the use of harsh chemicals like those grown on a mass scale. Community gardens are a good thing. When we live in a time where it cost a low income family more money to eat healthy, as opposed to just living off fast food. Not to mention a healthy diet leads to healthier kids, and could prevent future problems. More places need to follow suit. A city should create programs where land; if used for purposes like this where it benefits the community should be able to be leased at an affordable rate.
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6 Ways Religion Does More Bad Than Good

6 Ways Religion Does More Bad Than Good | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
What if harming society is part of religion’s survival strategy?
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Here's a good article to practice applying ethical and logic standards....1, 2, and 6; as well as, 5 and 3 seem to be re-wrapping the same arguments in order to stretch the article.  Many of these arguments are supported with logical fallacies so be careful in your analysis.  For instance, saying that the least religious societies are the most "peaceful, prosperous and equitable", if true, is probably a spurious relationship.  Weber's argument was that Protestantism influenced the development of capitalism; and, the Catholic Church's prohibition on levantism, cousin inter-marriage and concubines all reduced the tendency to organize into clans/tribes and was the seed for individual rights long before the Enlightenment.

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Former coal boss indicted over 2010 Upper Big Branch Mine disaster

Former coal boss indicted over 2010 Upper Big Branch Mine disaster | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
(Reuters) – Donald Blankenship, a former chief executive of Massey Energy Co, was indicted on Thursday on charges that he violated federal mine safety laws prior to the April 2010 explosion at the company’s Upper Big Branch Mine in West Virginia,...

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Power of Place: Boundaries and Borderlands

Power of Place: Boundaries and Borderlands | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it

"This program, Boundaries and Borderlands, introduces the case study approach of the course. Here we examine the borderland region between the regions of North America and Latin America. The first case study, Twin Cities, Divided Lives, follows the story of Concha Martinez as she crosses between the U.S. and Mexico in order to make a life for herself and her children.  The second case study, Operation Hold the Line, follows up the question of cross-border migration raised in the first program. It takes a look at how U.S. border policy is shaping the lives of not only the people living in this borderland region, but in more distant U.S. and Mexican locations as well."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, November 14, 3:29 PM

This is a not a new resource and I know that many of you are familiar with it, but this is worth repeating for those not familiar with the Annenberg Media's "Power of Place" video series.  With 26 videos (roughly 30 minutes each) that are regionally organized, this be a great resource for geography teachers that need either a regional of thematic case-study video clip.     


Tagsmigrationregions video, APHG.

Dennis Swender's curator insight, November 17, 3:16 AM

Open borders:  An American Exceptionalism asset worth preserving?

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Restorative Justice: Helping inmates transition to freedom - YouTube

Helping inmates transition to freedom while working toward a system that reduces incarceration. That's putting beliefs into action. That's Church. Learn more...
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Missouri teen gets 10-year sentence in school beating

Missouri teen gets 10-year sentence in school beating | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A violent teenager ran out of second chances in a Missouri courtroom.
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Elizabeth Sheppard's comment, Today, 3:59 AM
So Im guessing he got waived straight to adult court. The article did not go into detail as far as the child's criminal history, but Im guessing since he was already at a school for delinquents he was given many chances. You really have to wonder what goes through some of these young kids minds to think that its ok to attack a teacher like this? I don't think a prison sentence is going to help this though. He will be out in five years or so, learn more criminal behavior and now have this on his record. He hurt two peoples lives that day, his teacher and his own. He's a casualty in the Juvenile system who will now only see the adult side of the law, where they don't like to give out second chances.
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Here's Why You Should Never Play-or Let Your Kids Play-Grand Theft Auto -

Here's Why You Should Never Play-or Let Your Kids Play-Grand Theft Auto - | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Mary Poust discusses the video game, Grand Theft Auto, whose latest 'upgrade' allows kids to have sex with and kill prostitutes, and concludes that we should not be playing or supporting these games.
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Elizabeth Sheppard's comment, November 22, 3:03 AM

The heading says it, don't let your kids play the game. There are barriers put in place to prevent kids from owning this game, and there are warnings on it as well. Will they still get their hands on it yes? Games like these desensitize children to violence and sex. This is an excessive example of a game containing all the vices kids shouldn't be subject to at a young age. However articles like this just entice that 10-14 year old kid to push the red button and play that game he/or she should not. This is where the parent comes in and needs to monitor and make sure the kid doesn't play the game. If they let their child play the game than they have to answer to the outcome and the results of kids getting these messages sent to their sponge brains. The answer is not what Al Gores wife did back in the day with Music, where she wanted to ban everything, instead put “parental advisory” stickers on them, and then all she did was make people buy them twice as much as before. You cant stop these things from being made, but you can stop them from being owned in your home.
Rodney Ebersole's comment, November 22, 4:47 PM
I agree that this game isn't for children as quite a few of the modern war and violence games are also not acceptable for kids. I understand this woman linking the violence she sees in this game and realizing children are not the ones who should be absorbing that kind of message. I also think the show Game of Thrones and Sons of Anarchy are not kid friendly and show a very violent side of life. However, these games and these shows will continue to be made and continue to be seen by kids who are not supervised. Online porn and graphic You Tube videos also are not kid friendly and readily accessible. The best thing all parents should do is help guide their kids into good decisions and keep tabs on what they are watching.
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Calif. man who killed co-worker, cut out heart released

Calif. man who killed co-worker, cut out heart released | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Associated Press FRESNO, Calif. — A Fresno man who stabbed his co-worker dozens of times in 1984 and then cut out the man's heart and put it in his jacket pocket has been released from prison despite objections from Gov. Jerry Brown. Theodore LeLeaux Jr. was sentenced
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Brandon Jensen's comment, November 21, 6:19 PM
wow that is a pretty interesting decision from the judge. Stabbing someone 77 times and cutting their heart out is pretty violent but I guess that was 30ish year ago, a lot can happen during that time.
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Hands-on lessons in accident investigation

Hands-on lessons in accident investigation | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
CQUNIVERSITY Bachelor of Accident Forensics students are receiving hands-on training thanks to the university’s new purpose-built crash lab.

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Criminal Justice News: U.S. Marshals 15 Most Wanted Fugitive’s Skull Found by Family Dog

Criminal Justice News: U.S. Marshals 15 Most Wanted Fugitive’s Skull Found by Family Dog | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
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Karmen Louise Tobin's curator insight, November 20, 10:09 PM

I wonder what happened to the fugitive who escaped? That's crazy and what are the odds of that happening only a few miles away from where he broke out? I found it interesting that the man who found the skull with his dog was able to get such a good description of the mans hairline, type of haircut, and the mans ear. Forensics to me is fascinating.

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The Other Side of Suicide.

The Other Side of Suicide. | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
That kind of resiliency took another character trait that many people assume victims of suicide lack---courage. She weathered the brutal blows of mental illness
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Karmen Louise Tobin's curator insight, November 20, 9:44 PM

This article actually brought tears to my eyes. We never know what someone is going through and sometimes we are quick to judge because we don't understand. I also think it's neat to hear a story about how a son who lost his innocence in losing his mother to suicide but had it replaced with perspective and understanding. He also had compassion after he saw her struggles more clear, mental illness is sad. I don't see suicide as weak I see it as sad and I feel life is crazy sometimes. Sometimes its better and okay to not understand.

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How the way we walk can increase risk of being mugged

How the way we walk can increase risk of being mugged | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The way we move can influence the likelihood of an attack by a stranger. The good news, though, is that altering it can reduce the chances of being targeted.

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Karmen Louise Tobin's curator insight, November 20, 10:03 PM

This makes sense to me because you can tell a lot about a person by the way they carry themselves in their body language. (most times anyways) In a broad sense you can read if someone seems sneaky (maybe you can spot the attacker's body language by the way they carry their head while walking etc.) or dishonest, insecure and I also believe eye contact has a lot to do with a person and seeing if they are up to no good in a sense, I'd rather be the spotter than the one being spotted. In relation to this article, I spoke to someone awhile ago and they worked with abused children and woman and had to meet with the accused. In her years of training in this field she did speak about this topic that's discussed in this article that I found interesting. She said that vulnerable, insecure young girls are often an easy target, for example, if they are homeless on the streets and no family and older people. She said that people who hold themselves in confidence seems to be a deterrence to the attacker because the attacker sees your strong. They prey on what they see as weak.

 

Brandon Jensen's comment, November 21, 6:01 PM
I have actually read about this before a couple months ago, I found it rather interesting, something I have not really given much thought to but it makes sense. People do let a lot about themselves show when walking and apparently that can send the wrong message to a potential mugger.
Elizabeth Sheppard's comment, November 22, 3:43 AM
The article still doesn't tell me exactly how to walk to avoid being targeted? Other than your “energy” when you walk. I say the targeting comes down to how you are dressed, if you are alone, age, and sex. The walk I think is the last variable the the criminal looks at. Perhaps a rushed walk may be picked up by a criminal as a target but other than that its down to the other reasons. Body language is always being read by other people and it does say a lot about the person but emotions I think can control a persons walk.
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How young is too young?

How young is too young? | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
IN 1275 an English judge condemned a man for “ravishing” a girl aged under 12, the legal minimum for marriage at the time. Three centuries later the rape of a...
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Use and Abuse of the “Natural Capital” Concept

Use and Abuse of the “Natural Capital” Concept | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Big problems certainly arise when we consider natural capital as expressible as a sum of money (financial capital), and then take money in the bank growing at the interest rate as the standard by which to judge whether the value of natural capital is growing fast enough, and then, following the rules of present value maximization, liquidate populations growing slower than the interest rate and replace them with faster growing ones. This is not how the ecosystem works. Money is fungible, natural stocks are not; money has no physical dimension, natural populations do. Exchanges of matter and energy among parts of the ecosystem have an objective ecological basis. They are not governed by prices based on subjective human preferences in the market.

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Willy De Backer's curator insight, November 16, 3:20 AM

Excellent must-read article by Herman Daly, the father of ecological economics, on the monetary valuation of 'natural capital'

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Three Ways Courts Screw the Innocent Into Pleading Guilty - The Intercept

Three Ways Courts Screw the Innocent Into Pleading Guilty - The Intercept | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
You should go read Jed A. Rakoff’s essay in The New York Review of Books, in which the senior federal district judge tries to explain why innocent people so often plead guilty. But even if you have better things to do this weekend than digest Rakoff’s thorough, convincing, 4,400-word essay, it’s still worth considering why>>

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Why the Violence in Mexico is Getting Worse

"Mass killings have become increasingly common across Mexico due to the country's ongoing war on drugs. Cartels and gangs, often working with help from local police, are murdering innocent victims by the dozens and leaving them in unmarked graves. So just how bad is the violence in Mexico, and what is the Mexican President doing to stop it?"


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, November 4, 12:08 PM

Read the transcript of the video here, that link is also a nice resource for to do some additional research on the topic.


Tags: Mexico, narcotics.

Wilmine Merlain's curator insight, November 14, 2:45 PM

The war on drugs has destroyed thousands of lives in Mexico.  Despite efforts from government officials to dismantle the drug system in the country, it seems as if their efforts are going nowhere. With the dismantling of large drug gangs and the capturing of 30 out of 37 most wanted drug lordes in Mexico, it gives the illusion that government officials finally has a control over this ordeal. Rather, it has destroyed large drug groups and created smaller ones. With the new president in office, I don't think all of his efforts to wage the war on drugs is beneficial. How is allowing drug lordes to keep their weapon beneficial to stopping the war on drugs in Mexico?