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‘Castle’ Law at Issue After Fatal Montana Shooting

‘Castle’ Law at Issue After Fatal Montana Shooting | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Brice Harper shot and killed Dan Fredenberg in September, but the county attorney did not prosecute, saying that Montana’s “castle doctrine” law protected Mr. Harper’s rights to defend himself in his home.
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San Francisco cops hunt for 3 suspects in Wells Fargo gold nugget heist

San Francisco cops hunt for 3 suspects in Wells Fargo gold nugget heist | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Wells Fargo Bank officials vowed to reopen a popular corporate museum in the heart of San Francisco's financial district after thieves smashed a stolen SUV through its front door and made off with historic gold rush nuggets on display.
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Anchorage police: Double homicide may be connected to other crimes

Anchorage police: Double homicide may be connected to other crimes | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Two people are dead following a shooting in East Anchorage Tuesday morning, the Anchorage Police Department wrote in a release. The incident marks the second and third Anchorage homicides of 2015, according to APD. 
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This is related to Robert Agnew's Story-Line Theory....you never hear a suspect talk about how they learned to commit crime; nor do we hear about social or economic strain.  Instead, suspects tell stories of how one thing led to another and another, etc. culminating with the event that led to their arrest.

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When my student told me she hates Malala, it made me rethink how I teach | PBS NewsHour

When my student told me she hates Malala, it made me rethink how I teach | PBS NewsHour | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
In the crush of testing, standards and the pitfalls facing students in poverty, it is easy to lose sight of the incredible richness that our interconnected world can offer. So far, I have been able to find a few opportunities to pull the world into my classroom.
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Study: Men who take selfies may be psychopaths

Study: Men who take selfies may be psychopaths | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
According to a new study, men who post a lot of selfies to the web tend to exhibit higher levels of narcissism and psychopathy.
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How 'magic mushroom' chemical could free the mind of depression, addictions - CNN.com

How 'magic mushroom' chemical could free the mind of depression, addictions - CNN.com | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Psychedelic drugs are being researched as a potential treatment for conditions ranging from anxiety to tobacco and alcohol addiction.
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When Silicon Valley takes LSD

When Silicon Valley takes LSD | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Silicon Valley puts a premium on creativity, and some in the tech community view psychedelic drugs as a way to approach major problems differently.
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FBI apology for Madrid bomb fingerprint fiasco

'Substandard' digital prints led to Oregon lawyer
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For the F2F Criminology class: here's the case with erroneous fingerprint evidence.

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N.Y. police ID Fla. teen found in cornfield in 1979

N.Y. police ID Fla. teen found in cornfield in 1979 | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Girl's former classmate filed missing person report that led to ID.
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What a great result! Better late than never. I'm glad this doesn't have to weigh on those officers minds any longer.
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A Massive Social Experiment On You Is Under Way, And You Will Love It

A Massive Social Experiment On You Is Under Way, And You Will Love It | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
With and without our consent, Websites, wearables and apps are running millions of experiments on us every day to make them more money and make us healthier, happier and smarter.
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Hidden America: Chilling New Look at Sex Trafficking in the US

ABC's Diane Sawyer reports on the danger of vulnerable young women falling victim to prostitution rings.

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The average age a girl enters prostitution is 12-14 years old!

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Teaching girls to say ‘no’ in virtual reality cuts sexual victimization by half

Teaching girls to say ‘no’ in virtual reality cuts sexual victimization by half | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it

study by researchers at Southern Methodist University has demonstrated that teenage girls who learn to assertively decline sexual advances in a virtual reality simulator are less likely suffer long term effects from sexual victimization. The training program, called “My Voice, My Choice,” allowed “girls to practice being assertive in a realistic environment. The intent of the program is for the learning opportunity to increase the likelihood that they will use the skills in real life,” associate professor of psychology at SMU Simpson Rowe said. “Research has shown that skills are more likely to generalize if they are practiced in a realistic environment, so we used virtual reality to increase the realism,” she continued. “It is very promising that learning resistance skills and practicing them in virtual simulations of coercive interactions could reduce the risk for later sexual victimization.”


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One advantage of virtual simulations is the ability to actually observe how girls react to coercive situations that feel very real.

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Victims of crime let down by criminal justice system, report finds

Victims of crime let down by criminal justice system, report finds | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Commissioner Lady Newlove says staff fail to show compassion and calls for clear guidance on how to provide support Victims of crime feel let down and ignored by the criminal justice system despite repeated government promises to improve its...

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Psychology studies suggest rising wealth means more jerks in S.F.

Psychology studies suggest rising wealth means more jerks in S.F. | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Psychology studies suggest rising wealth means more jerks in S.F. If it seems that San Franciscans are getting more entitled and self-absorbed, a series of psychology studies performed at UC Berkeley indicates there could be a scientific reason: the city’s increasing wealth. Paul Piff, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology and Social Behavior at UC Irvine (he moved from UC Berkeley just a few weeks ago), has spent the past decade conducting about 50 studies on how wealthy peop
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Ordinance to ban public marijuana consumption in Anchorage passes unanimously

Ordinance to ban public marijuana consumption in Anchorage passes unanimously | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Despite testimony mostly against the ordinance, the Anchorage Assembly approved a measure banning marijuana consumption in public places.
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What does the world lose when a language dies?

“Language Matters,” a new PBS documentary, explores how linguistic heritage and traditional cultures around the world are at risk of being lost forever. Jeffrey Brown talks to the show’s host, poet Bob Holman, about the fight to revive languages on the brink. Continue reading →
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More on sex trafficking in Sweden, from the Swedish police

More on sex trafficking in Sweden, from the Swedish police | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it

I haven't time to say much about this but Feminist Ire does a good job of breaking down Swedish sex worker laws. Just over a year ago I wrote this post, analysing the Swedish police’s annual human trafficking report for 2011. A few months later, the 2012 report was published in Swedish; I didn’t ...


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Sex traffickers are among ICE's most wanted

Sex traffickers are among ICE's most wanted | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Seven of the 10 most wanted fugitives indicted for trafficking are sex traffickers
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I have a fiancé, a girlfriend and two boyfriends

I have a fiancé, a girlfriend and two boyfriends | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Product manager Miju Han opens up about her polyamorous relationships, which aren't uncommon in Silicon Valley.
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Alaska Cannabis Club plans to open medical marijuana dispensary on legalization day

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The Alaska Cannabis Club plans to open a medical marijuana dispensary on Feb. 24, the day recreational marijuana is legalized in Alaska, owner Charlo Greene said Thursday. But will it be legal?
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Richard Sherman Perfectly Sums Up The Hypocrisy Of The NFL

Richard Sherman Perfectly Sums Up The Hypocrisy Of The NFL | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
"They were trying to suspend Marshawn for gold shoes and [deflating the ball] really affects the game."...
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Why The Super-Successful Get Depressed

Why The Super-Successful Get Depressed | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Depression among the C-suite crowd may be counterintuitive, but it’s very real. Here’s why it happens.
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Supporters, legislators befuddled by convoluted marijuana bill

Supporters, legislators befuddled by convoluted marijuana bill | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Legislation that would decriminalize marijuana has supporters concerned the measure is a step in the wrong direction, and in its current form, may make already complicated marijuana laws in Alaska even more difficult to navigate.
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Former Supreme Court Justice Confirms Texas Once Executed An Innocent Man

Former Supreme Court Justice Confirms Texas Once Executed An Innocent Man | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens acknowledged evidence that Texas put an innocent man to death for a murder in the 1980s.

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New Campaign Seeks to Sharply Reduce Youth Incarceration

New Campaign Seeks to Sharply Reduce Youth Incarceration | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON — A national juvenile justice campaign launched today with the ambitious goals of halving youth incarceration in 15 states over the next five years while expanding community-based alternatives for offenders.

The Youth First! Initiative — founded by longtime juvenile justice advocate Liz Ryan — will also seek to reduce rampant racial and ethnic disparities in juvenile incarceration.

“The vast majority of these kids are in for things like misdemeanors, status offenses [such as cutting school or alcohol possession], property offenses, drug offenses, even probation and parole violations,” Ryan said. “To me, it just underscores that at a minimum, we could experience another 50 percent drop in youth incarceration.”

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