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Alaska Sex-Trafficking Task Force Holds Hearing

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Alaska task force holds hearing on sex trafficking; authorities say problem is underreported...
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Rob Duke's comment, November 16, 2012 2:31 PM
My guess is that it's everywhere. It may be preying on immigrants or just on foster home graduates.
Rob Duke's comment, November 16, 2012 2:43 PM
So, for instance, a "bottom-b!tch" (yes, that's a term of art meaning the pimps number one girl) allows herself to be picked up and sent to a foster home. Once at the foster home, she regails the other girls with how glamorous the lifestyle is and shows jewelry, pics, etc. This works to convince some of the girls to run away with her: at which point the pimp picks them all up.

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Same old blinkered vision won't solve drug problem for Alaska or US

Same old blinkered vision won't solve drug problem for Alaska or US | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
OPINION: The drug war has failed, and many addicts are not criminals, so let's do something different. 
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Calgary’s ‘Up The Wall’ graffiti program for teens ends due to lack of participants

Calgary’s ‘Up The Wall’ graffiti program for teens ends due to lack of participants | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Up The Wall, a program launched last spring aimed at encouraging teenage graffiti vandals to use their artistic skills for good instead of crime, will cease operations due to a lack of participants, city councillors heard Wednesday. Arpana Gajjar with…
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Accidental 911 call leads deputies to pot

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A sheriff's dispatcher heard talk of drugs and plans to fight a deputy or lead a pursuit.
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A rap on the knuckles

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IS FRANCE about to be slapped on the wrist for its failure to ban smacking? On March 4th the Council of Europe, the continent’s human-rights body, is expected to...
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Drunk killer of James Bulger blamed toddler's MOTHER

Drunk killer of James Bulger blamed toddler's MOTHER | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Killer Jon Venables has blamed the mother of James Bulger for the toddler's murder saying that she should never have left him on his own. Venables killed the two-year-old in 1993.
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Yolo County Neighborhood Court Program receives $1.9 million grant | The Aggie

Yolo County Neighborhood Court Program receives $1.9 million grant | The Aggie | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Grant to expand program to Woodlands, West Sacramento over the next three years

On Feb. 12 The Yolo County District Attorney (DA) Office recei
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Even The Algorithms Think Obamacare's Survival Is A Tossup

Even The Algorithms Think Obamacare's Survival Is A Tossup | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
In 2012, the Affordable Care Act survived a full-scale constitutional assault in the U.S. Supreme Court. Now, it faces a potentially devastating surgical strike. Obamacare’s new challenge is schedu...
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Human analysts: Close race

Computer says: Close race

 

Kennedy and Roberts are the ones to watch.

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Supreme Court grants "judicial approval for the mass surveillance of UK protest movements"

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This morning the UK Supreme Court delivered a ruling that amounts to what Netpol describes as “judicial approval for the mass surveillance of UK protest movements”. This decision is the result of a...

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Australian convicts transferred to Indonesian island for execution

CILACAP, Indonesia (Reuters) - Two convicted Australian drug smugglers were transferred on Wednesday from a Bali prison to an island for execution along with other foreigners, underlining Indonesia's determination
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3 more arrests in Vegas-to-Alaska cocaine smuggling ring

3 more arrests in Vegas-to-Alaska cocaine smuggling ring | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Federal prosecutors said Tuesday three more suspects have been arrested in connection with the smuggling of pounds of cocaine to Alaska through the Las Vegas airport.
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Alexander Yakovlev's comment, March 4, 5:51 AM
Here is a good example of sentencing procedures in USA and, as the article Friend says Andrew Chan didn't believe executions would go ahead stated, in Australia. Both of the cases stated that convicts got life sentences; however, those in Australia that have been transferred to Indonesia got execution. Even thought, I my opinion, these 6 men that were smuggling cocaine to Alaska did more harm than those two in Australia.
Kimberly Maddigan's comment, March 4, 4:39 PM
It amazes me that these 6 were able to smuggle cocaine from Las Vegas to Alaska. I don't understand how they could with TSA security measures in place. The article does mention that one of the guys Bledsoe used his airport credentials, but how did the others not get caught right away? This is also a prime example of why airport personnel should have to go through security. Just because they work there doesn't mean that they aren't capable of terrorist attacks or like in this case, smuggling drugs.They are human too, and have vices just as we all do.
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The chilling reason the Delhi bus gang-rapist blames his victim

The chilling reason the Delhi bus gang-rapist blames his victim | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
"A decent girl won't roam around at nine o'clock at night," he said.
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We say that they should be hung by the offending body parts, but there is some truth to the sentiment that death for a rape is not in the spirit of parsimony.  Parsimony was adopted because if you're going to get the death penalty anyway, then maybe (as this rapist said) you should just kill the victim.

Marginal Deterrence predicts that those crimes with the harshest penalties will encourage people to crimes with more lenient penalties: for instance, most criminals will avoid bank robbery (a Federal crime) while also being willing to commit a burglary.

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The Case for Restorative Justice

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Restorative justice has the capacity to empower those who have not been empowered in the past. Individuals and communities begin to act collectively, which is necessary in order to challenge the punitive structures that keep our young black and brown...
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WATCH: The premiere of The School Project's 'Restoring Justice'

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Watch the premiere of The School Project's short documentary film "Restoring Justice," examining how Chicago is reforming its student discipline policies.
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Who Kills Themselves Binge Drinking? It’s Not Who You Think » Sociological Images

Who Kills Themselves Binge Drinking? It’s Not Who You Think » Sociological Images | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Not to mention, she says, how the alcohol industry Would feel about the government telling Their Richest customers to curb Their drinking. They much prefer That PSAs focus on young people. "This industry can AFFORD well the much-touted 'We Card' programs," says Sternheimer, "Because teens usually do not-have the money for the expensive stuff That Their Parents can buy." The industry's marketing to wealthy, white men, the then is goes unchecked.


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Kaitlyn Evans's comment, Today, 12:09 PM
I don’t find it shocking that men who are 35-64 and earn over $70,000 have a drinking problem. I think that those who have stressful jobs such as lawyers, dentist, and doctors are more likely to drink or even kill themselves. I have read articles where those three occupations are the people who are most likely to commit suicide. It’s kind of a no brainer that those who earn more money than the usual and have stressful jobs would binge drink. I also think that we focus on teen drinking in aspects of how will it affect them in the long run. Alcohol is addictive and a suppressant, and this learned behavior at such a young age could continue on for years. If we focus those who are at risk we are helping them out in short term aspects but also long term.
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8 Things You Didn't Know About The Mistreatment Of Black Children During Jim Crow

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The Ever-Present Fear of Violence The most traumatizing experiences for young people growing up in Jim Crow societies were their initial encounters with violence inflicted by whites upon Blacks, according to the history site shmoop.com. Rumors of beatings, torture and lynching, or “white death” as author Richard Wright referred to it, were enough to haunt …

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South Cushman neighborhood talks safety at community policing meeting

FAIRBANKS — A vocal and diverse crowd of about 90 people met with members of the Fairbanks Police Department on Tuesday night to identify the top concerns of the residents of South Fairbanks.
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Stranded camera

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THE grainy pictures in 1993 of James Bulger, a toddler, being led away by two ten-year-old boys who would go on to torture and murder him, are among the best-known...
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Justice, Not Retribution: "The Emphasis on Suffering Isn't Getting Us Anywhere"

Justice, Not Retribution: "The Emphasis on Suffering Isn't Getting Us Anywhere" | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Initially the story seemed like something straight out of A Clockwork Orange: Sasha Fleischman, who as an agender youth doesn’t identify as either male or female, was dozing on a municipal Oakland bus. Nearby, three adolescent boys had been laughing mockingly, and then one touched a lighter to Sasha’s skirt. The garment exploded in flame, Sasha screamed and struggled; finally, a couple of other passengers were able to extinguish the blaze. Sasha’s legs were a welter of second-and-third degree bu
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Restorative Justice: Face-to-face with the effects of crime « Today's Catholic News

Today's Catholic is a true Catholic news service dedicated to presenting important news, articles and information to the parishioners of the Fort Wayne / South Bend diocese.
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Senators say Alaska puts itself at risk with marijuana legalization

JUNEAU — The debate in the state capitol building about Alaska’s new marijuana law has caused some conservatives to side with an entity they generally abhor — the federal government.
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Kaitlyn Evans's comment, Today, 12:35 PM
The federal government wins in cases of conflicting legislation. This is what we are seeing in Washington, Colorado and now Alaska, however no federal action has taken place in WA or CO. The key fact in these cases is that the federal government can step in and trump state law, however it doesn’t necessarily have to. I think that the only time the feds should intervene is when national security or international relations are at stake. To me ending this marijuana prohibition is a win-win for the states and federal government. Police officer’s time could be spent enforcing other laws and taking care of more important crimes taking place, extra revenue would be brought into the states, the federal government could even tax this multi-billion dollar industry as well.
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Friend says Andrew Chan didn't believe executions would go ahead

Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran will be moved to their place of execution tomorrow.
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Alexander Yakovlev's comment, March 4, 5:39 AM
In the video or article it didn’t say why they are getting executed, but as far as I understood it’s because they were selling or making drugs. The punishment might be too harsh but if you will take a look at the situation, they were poisoning other people with drugs and we don’t even know if people died from those drugs. If they were killing other people, therefore, as an eye for an eye approach, they deserve to be killed; but if nobody died then I think they deserve a second chance. As Myuran Sukumaran wrote, people can change.
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Kids in Prisons; Real Rehabilitation Behind the Wall

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A Young Former Offender Speaks on How to Help Rehabilitate Kids in Jails - A young man who has been behind the wall speaks out on a recent Ted Talk about what needs to really happen to rehabilitate kids who have been incarcerated to reduce...

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Alexander Yakovlev's comment, March 4, 6:10 AM
This young man speech is really inspirational and educational. We do need more programs for younger prisoners so they will be able to get ready go back to life. However, he is missing a point that they did that to themselves. The reason they are in jail is only because of their own fault. I am not saying that they don’t deserve to get educated in prisons, or go through some kind of program, but I am saying that they are there for punishment not for free programs and education. I am working two jobs and in order to pay for my school, and if they were providing education in jails, then why should I work hard in order to pay for myself while people who didn’t do anything good to society are getting it for free? There are good points in the video, however, I don’t think it will ever work.
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Why a woman murdered her son with salt

"She apparently craved the attention," a Westchester County, N.Y., prosecutor said.
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Kaitlyn Evans's comment, Today, 12:45 PM
I have never seen a real case where an individual was thought to have Munchausen syndrome. I have only seen it on television, such as Law and Order. I have heard people to cause themselves to be sick to get attention, but I haven’t heard of a parent causing their children to be sick in order to attention. It also doesn’t make sense to me why should would go through all those medical expenses just for attention? I wonder if the defense had used this syndrome as a reason for not guilty by mental disease or defect, how the jury would’ve reacted and convicted her. It is a very interesting case, and very unfortunate that this had to happen to this sick child.
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Group of volunteers seeks to curb Anchorage's violent crime

Group of volunteers seeks to curb Anchorage's violent crime | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
In the wake of a spike of violent crime, eight volunteers who make up the recently formed community action group We Are Anchorage gathered Monday to encourage others to help foster safety in the city.
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