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Former executioners share their misgivings about death penalty

Former executioners share their misgivings about death penalty | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Ron McAndrew, a former prison warden, said he began to have doubts about the death penalty after seeing flames dance from the head of an inmate strapped into Florida's electric chair.
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Eric Martinsen's comment, October 29, 2012 2:55 AM
I would imagine that killing people is not something that would go easily on your conscience, probably a bit worrying if it didn't. I used to be fine with the idea of the death penalty, really I'd still have no qualms with a person who committed a horrible crime be dead and unable to harm anyone further. However as justice classes have shown me, the death penalty is actually more costly, doesn't really help victims, and has had a disturbing amount of error in sentencing. For those reasons I am now against the death penalty, but I'd say just those reasons. It'd take a strong person to be the executioner though, to kill someone not fighting back is probably what makes it that much worse.
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Are Felon Disenfranchisement Laws a Form of Racial Discrimination? - Felon Voting - ProCon.org

Are Felon Disenfranchisement Laws a Form of Racial Discrimination? - Felon Voting - ProCon.org | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Are Felon Disenfranchisement Laws a Form of Racial Discrimination? Read pros, cons, and expert responses in the debate.

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According to the Sentencing Project, a staggering number of non-violent individuals who have been released from prison, not on probation nor parole, and who have committed no further crimes are forever prohibited from voting. 

In the abstract, felon disenfranchisement can be separated from race: state laws are literally race neutral, in that all who are convicted of felonies are subject to the same sanction. Moreover, modern defenders of the practice certainly draw upon nonracial reasons for their position, and we do not intend in this analysis to imply anything to the contrary. This does not, however, mean that there is no connection between race and felon disenfranchisement. 

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Why keeping young offenders out of jail could reduce crime

Juvenile offenders kept under supervision close to home, rather than in secure, state-run facilities, are significantly less likely to be arrested again or commit more serious crimes, according to a new study. Judy Woodruff discusses the findings with Xavier McElrath-Bey of the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth and Michael Thompson of the Council of State Governments Justice Center. Continue reading →
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Person of interest ID’d in San Francisco body parts case

Person of interest ID’d in San Francisco body parts case | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
San Francisco police have identified a “person of interest,” but no one has been arrested in connection with the gruesome discovery of a suitcase full of body parts Wednesday in the city’s South of Market area, authorities said Thursday. Investigators pinpointed the potential suspect late Wednesday, but police could release additional details about the ongoing investigation, San Francisco police spokeswoman Grace Gatpandan said. The gristly discovery happened around 4:15 p.m. when someone flag
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John Oulton's comment, January 29, 10:13 PM
Why would the killer leave the suitcase in broad daylight? I also noticed that the media uses photos that are taken during the night rather than the day.
Andrew Helzer's comment, Today, 8:13 PM
I agree with you on this. However, in any crime that is committed, what the offender does only needs to make sense him or her
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Friendship 9: Famed South Carolina civil rights protesters have convictions erased

Friendship 9: Famed South Carolina civil rights protesters have convictions erased | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Fifty-four-years ago, the eight college students and one civil rights organizer were convicted of trespassing and protesting at McCrory variety store in Rock Hill, S.C.
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The Personality Factor That Makes Some Violent Criminals So Dangerous

The Personality Factor That Makes Some Violent Criminals So Dangerous | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Why psychopathic violent criminals are more likely than other violent criminals to offend again.
Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog.

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Alexander Yakovlev's comment, January 29, 12:43 AM
It is interesting that psychopaths are way more dangerous than other criminals; however, I think that it still depends on every person’s personality and. Also, while I was reading, I was thinking that whatever we consider here psychopathic may not be considered psychopathic in Germany or any other country.
Gaynor Johansen's comment, January 29, 9:35 PM
I think this article was very interesting because the mental state of violent criminal has always interested me. A psychopath’s brain works different then a normal persons. Empathy, moral reasoning, or embarrassment are all things that do not effect psychopaths the same way as normal people according to the article. One of the most interesting things listed in the article was that 1 in 5 offenders are psychopaths and recidivism is high because rehabilitation does not work for them.
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Inmate dies after being restrained at Anchorage Correctional Complex

Inmate dies after being restrained at Anchorage Correctional Complex | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
An inmate at the Anchorage Correctional Complex died early Wednesday after becoming combative and being restrained by correctional officers, Alaska State Troopers said.
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Alexander Yakovlev's comment, January 29, 12:51 AM
I understand that DOC officials are not commenting on anything because it might interrupt investigation process; however, it’s quite strange that first a person form jail gets sent to hospital then another person dies. Is that the law enforcement officers that caused it? Or what happened? Even though law enforcement people vary from state to state and from country to country people are blaming them right away anyways.
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Stopped and tsked

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THE New York Police Department got an earful from Shira Scheindlin, a federal judge, on the morning of August 12th. In the case of Floyd v City of New York,...
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John Oulton's comment, January 29, 9:12 PM
Who is this Floyd and is he in jail due to NY Stop and Frisk tactics? I think Bloomberg should continue this operation to make the city more safe.
Andrew Helzer's comment, Today, 8:29 PM
in this day in age, as bad as this will sound, i do not really see the problem with the "Stop and Frisk" because if a cop sees something that isn't right then the cop should look into it. Yes, it can get out of had, but in New York.... i don't really see the harm to stop and frisk someone. Just part of my opinion
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What “broken windows” policing is

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IN JULY 2014 an unarmed black man named Eric Garner died at the hands of a police officer after allegedly resisting arrest. Garner’s presumed crime was...
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John Oulton's comment, January 29, 10:30 PM
Although police officers are receiving cuts, how will NY adjust to this?
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Vanderbilt rape: 2 former football players convicted, one of whom didn't have sex

Vanderbilt rape: 2 former football players convicted, one of whom didn't have sex | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- With two former Vanderbilt football players facing decades in prison after being convicted of the rape of an unconscious student in a dorm room, attention now turns to two of their teammates who have yet to go to trial.
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Colorado Prisons Make Small Profit From Inmate Work Program

Colorado Prisons Make Small Profit From Inmate Work Program | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Colorado prisons are making big profits from charging inmates for phone calls and other personal items, but they're struggling to break even from shops run by inmate labor.

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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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Andrew Helzer's comment, Today, 8:47 PM
i personally do not like this and what these girls do, i believe that they need more respect for themselves, but on the other hand if people in Sweden believe it to be bad, then they need to fix it and do the pest that they can.
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Are School Resource Officers Part of the School-to-Prison Pipeline Problem? - US News

Are School Resource Officers Part of the School-to-Prison Pipeline Problem? - US News | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Placing cops in schools needlessly pushes students into the justice system, critics say – unless it's done right.
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This Man Thinks He Was Just In A 10-Year Coma. The Truth? What A Powerful Lesson

This Man Thinks He Was Just In A 10-Year Coma. The Truth? What A Powerful Lesson | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
This man already had 5 DUIs before passing out drunk in his truck again. When he wakes up? He never expected this would happen...
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"Four years ago I climbed into a stranger’s car, like I had so many times before. I began to direct..." (feimineach)

"Four years ago I climbed into a stranger’s car, like I had so many times before. I began to direct..." (feimineach) | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
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The Surprising Benefits of Forgiveness

Making amends with those who trespass against us yields a number of physical and mental benefits. Sometimes even victims of the worst crimes can find solace in letting go.
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Virulent encounters

Virulent encounters | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
MANY men are keen to have more sex with more people, even if they don’t admit it to their other halves. Before the days of the internet, finding a casual partner...
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Alexander Yakovlev's comment, January 29, 12:36 AM
Wow, technologies are getting better at everything. I am not quite agreeing with the author that craigslist directly affects the ratio of people that have HIV. There might be many other factors involved. Also, speaking of our segment 2 topic, I think that it is different all around the world. In my country, for example, people don’t take things from internet seriously, as people do in USA. Every country is deferent and have different ways of meeting people.
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The curious case of the fall in crime

The curious case of the fall in crime | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
IN THE 1990s John DiIulio, a conservative American academic, argued that a new breed of “superpredators”, “kids that have absolutely no respect for human life...
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Zero common sense

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No, I didn’t see it either THE causes of the impressive reduction in New York’s crime rate are a perennial subject of debate, but the police department’s...
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Watch the NFL's Harrowing Anti-Domestic Violence Super Bowl PSA

Watch the NFL's Harrowing Anti-Domestic Violence Super Bowl PSA | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Woman calls 911 but pretends to order pizza in chilling new clip
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Worldwide Country Comparison

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"MyLifeElsewhere allows you to compare your home country with different countries around the world. Ever wonder what your life would be like if you were born somewhere else?"


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HumdeBut's curator insight, January 29, 4:15 AM

pas vraiment à jour, mais les comparaisons sont souvent étonnantes !

Emma Boyle's curator insight, Today, 10:25 AM

Also try "If It Were My 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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