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Court orders reckless driver to wear 'idiot' sign

Court orders reckless driver to wear 'idiot' sign | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Instead of a dunce cap in the corner, an Ohio woman will have to wear an...
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andreafields's comment, November 7, 2012 7:11 PM
In this case, I feel that the punishment does fit the crime. I think that the fine was reasonable; suspension of Ms. Hardin’s license was appropriate; and having her wear an idiot sign, well, that was an interesting surprise. She could’ve been dealt worse. I have a feeling that Ms. Hardin won’t commit this crime again after having to wear the sign. To me, that’s humiliating enough. I’d be surprised if she does do this again. Plus, having the video put on the internet, is doubly humiliating because it doesn’t have to ever go away.
LaDonna Coghill's comment, November 14, 2012 12:20 AM
Wow. I too think that the punishments fit the crime, she didn't even hesitate when swerving onto that sidewalk to avoid the bus, and she just went for it. As for having to wear the sign, does this really happen? I can’t help but laugh. I can’t imagine how humiliating it will be for her to have to stand on the street wearing it and having to hear all the comments yelled her way from others. So embarrassing, i don't think that i have ever heard of such an embarrassing punishment but if i have to guess, i bet it will work and she won’t be doing that ever again, not to mention the example that she is setting to others. It was an idiotic thing to do though, no question about that, but i am curious as to what her reasoning was when she was pulled over by the police, where was she in such a hurry to go?
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7 Things You Shouldn't Say To Someone With Anxiety

7 Things You Shouldn't Say To Someone With Anxiety | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Humphreys says it’s also crucial to let your loved ones know that there is a way to overcoming any anxiety or panic disorder -- and that you’re there to be supportive.
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Orion Hutchin's comment, Today, 6:02 PM
The lines are triggers for the person suffering from anxiety. The author does a good job explaining each of the lines that trigger the increase of anxiety within the person suffering from the issue. I would compare this to like telling a smoker that is trying to quit smoking to just quit. There are many factors we don't know or have a challenge explaining. Much of it just depends on the person.
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L.A.'s minimum wage plan doesn't make sense

L.A.'s minimum wage plan doesn't make sense | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Our report was underwritten by the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, which will certainly lead some to accuse us of acting as a mouthpiece for the profit-minded business community. But that's not the case. Lifting families out of poverty ultimately helps everyone — including business owners. The focus of this debate should be on whether higher minimum wage is an efficient way of achieving this laudable goal.
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Prosecutor: German co-pilot hid illness from employer

Prosecutor: German co-pilot hid illness from employer | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The co-pilot blamed for deliberately crashing a German airliner into the Alps had concealed an illness from his employers and tore up a doctor's note that called for him to go on medical leave on the day of the tragedy.
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More and more info comes out and points directly to the worst conclusion possible: the crash was deliberate; and, that there were clues available that the co-pilot was unstable.

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Face-to-face meetings for criminals and victims

Face-to-face meetings for criminals and victims | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Victims and criminals are to be given the chance to meet face-to-face.
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(Empathic Policing) How Empathy Matters: The Role of Empathy in Crime, Policing, and Justice

(Empathic Policing) How Empathy Matters: The Role of Empathy in Crime, Policing, and Justice | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Chad Posick, Georgia Southern University

 

My associates and I have reviewed recent research and done some additional analyses to pin down what is currently known about empathy – and perceptions of empathy – in the realm of crime and justice. When other factors, like age, sex, race, education, and income are taken into account, empathy turns out to matter in several ways:


Empathetic people are less likely to engage in delinquency or crime. But those who have trouble perceiving how others feel, and have difficulty sharing those feelings, are more likely to engage in wrongful acts – everything from minor juvenile delinquency to the most serious of violent crimes. 

 

Empathy affects how people think about crime and punishment in complex ways. People capable of empathy tend to support tough punishments for crime, but at the same time they are less likely to call for the harshest punishments, such as the death penalty.

 

Empathy and perceptions of empathy help to shape the interactions of police and members of the communities they are assigned to protect. Research on citizen interactions with the police has consistently indicated that the way officers behave determines how they are evaluated by people with whom they interact. When we probe in detail, it turns out community members have more positive evaluations of the police when officers communicate that they understand the issues that matter to community members. Studies specifically show that the police are more likely to be trusted and considered effective at their jobs when they display empathy with the community’s concerns. 

 


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Who, What, Why: How are cockpit doors locked?

Who, What, Why: How are cockpit doors locked? | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
How would the cockpit doors on the crashed Germanwings Airbus have been secured?
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Brandal Nicole Crenshaw's comment, March 26, 4:28 PM
Interesting. Sad that this happened, but in theory I can the reasoning behind this design. I do think the two in the cockpit rule is a good idea.
Alexander Yakovlev's comment, Today, 5:17 AM
It is upsetting that because of one person many other passengers were killed. Interesting enough that all of the gadgets that were made to protect the pilot, actually helped him to kill more than 160 passengers.
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Answers emerge

Answers emerge | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
THE final few minutes on board Germanwings flight 9252 are too horrific to contemplate. The passenger jet operated by Lufthansa’s low-cost subsidiary crashed in...
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What is our best weapon against ISIS?

What is our best weapon against ISIS? | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
ISIS recruits shared three things in common.

– They were devout Muslims.

– They were at an age when they tended to be going through an identity crisis.

– They were “sensation-seekers,” the kind of personality that seeks risky behavior.
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But Stoet says that connection is obvious, and in fact, if we’re going to stop young people from joining ISIS, we need to challenge them on their religious beliefs.

“Even if we accept that people hold these views, we should at least teach children to think very critically about everything. We want to teach people to trust their doubts. If they have doubts, it’s harder for them to hold such extremist views,” he says.

When we asked him how that might be accomplished, he said, “You have Bill Maher, for example. I think he’s doing the right thing by challenging religion on television.”

 

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Highest court reviewing Amanda Knox’s fate

Highest court reviewing Amanda Knox’s fate | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The high court ruling will determine whether to uphold the verdicts, order another appeal or toss out the convictions altogether.
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Convicted. Overturned on appeal.  Released from jail. Re-tried and convicted. Now awaiting second appeal.

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Rodney Ebersole's comment, March 26, 2:22 AM
What a mess of a case this has proven to be. This seems similiar to me like in the case of double jeopardy. Someone can't be convicted on the same crime twice. So Amanda was convicted of a crime but then found not guilty so she left the jurisdiction of Italy and returned to the USA. Now the US should have jurisdiction over here. Italy no longer should have a say in the matter if they let her go.
Alexander Yakovlev's comment, Today, 5:13 AM
In this article, the case was going back and forth from an appeal court to Italy’s Supreme Court. While I was reading it, the thought that there is lots of corruption crossed my mind. Also, it is kind of weird that the court’s process goes for 4 years already, and Knox is behind the bars.
Orion Hutchin's comment, Today, 6:30 PM
I agree with Rodney this is double jeopardy. Unfortunately in Italy she doesn't appear to be protected by that. Clearly this is a challenging case with apparently very subjective evidence with how much back and forth this case has gone through. I wonder if the supreme court members who initially ruled on the case are the same ones seeing it again. This is a nightmare but a tough situation. On one hand it appears to be double jeopardy, but if they did it then justice needs to be served.
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Today in racism: study: black people over-represented in crime news stories

Today in racism: study: black people over-represented in crime news stories | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it

According to a new study by Media Matters for America, four New York City television stations consistently reported crimes by black people at a higher rate than their arrest rates. (Chart to the right/ below.) Between August 18 and December 31 of last year, WCBS, WNBC, WABC, and WNYW (Fox)...


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Brandal Nicole Crenshaw's comment, March 26, 5:12 PM
Maybe they are being over-represented because news media are using the stories that they think are interesting and popular at the time. People get stirred up about a shooting? Let's find five other similar stories and make connections. People think that all black people commit crimes, especially in shady neighborhoods, let's support that belief. They are a news center, but that doesn't mean that they are factual or honest. I see the same thing happen all the time in psy studies. People see these surveys or studies done and try to exaggerate or misuse the results. They turn correlations to causation and so forth. Really annoying and hardly ever helps any situation.
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FBI figures tweaked to show phony increase in mass shootings, report says

FBI figures tweaked to show phony increase in mass shootings, report says | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
But Lott's group said a major flaw is the fact that the data was gleaned from news reports, and noted recent accounts were more accessible, and thus over-represented. Recent cases of the far more common “active shooting incidents” were added to legitimate cases of mass shooting incidents, making the more recent years covered by the report appear to have a large increase in both mass shootings and deaths from them.
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First Amendment, ‘Patron Saint’ of Protesters, Is Embraced by Corporations

First Amendment, ‘Patron Saint’ of Protesters, Is Embraced by Corporations | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Liberals used to love the First Amendment. But that was in an era when courts used it mostly to protect powerless people like civil rights activists and war protesters.

These days, a provocative new study says, there has been a “corporate takeover of the First Amendment.” The assertion is backed by data, and it comes from an unlikely source: John C. Coates IV, who teaches business law at Harvard and used to be a partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, the prominent corporate law firm.

“Corporations have begun to displace individuals as the direct beneficiaries of the First Amendment,” Professor Coates wrote. The trend, he added, is “recent but accelerating.”

 

“Once the patron saint of protesters and the disenfranchised, the First Amendment has become the darling of economic libertarians and corporate lawyers who have recognized its power to immunize private enterprise from legal restraint,” Professor Wu wrote.


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Congressmen Steve Cohen (D-TN) and Don Young (R-AK) Introduce House Version of Groundbreaking Bipartisan Medical Marijuana Legislation | Drug Policy Alliance

Congressmen Steve Cohen (D-TN) and Don Young (R-AK) Introduce House Version of Groundbreaking Bipartisan Medical Marijuana Legislation | Drug Policy Alliance | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States - CARERS - Act is the most comprehensive medical marijuana bill ever introduced in Congress. The CARERS Act will do the following:

Allow states to legalize marijuana for medical use without federal interference
Permit interstate commerce in cannabidiol (CBD) oils
Reschedule marijuana to schedule II
Allow banks to provide checking accounts and other financial services to marijuana dispensaries
Allow Veterans Administration physicians to recommend medical marijuana to veterans
Eliminate barriers to medical marijuana research.
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Rodney Ebersole's comment, March 26, 3:02 AM
I have to admit I'm surprised that Don Young is pushing this bill through as I didn't realize he was an advocate for this sort of thing. I think the federal government has to do some serious changes in regards to marijuana as so many states are trying to legalize it now and most Americans are for allowing it for medical purposes at least.
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How Anxiety Leads to Disruptive Behavior | Child Mind Institute

How Anxiety Leads to Disruptive Behavior | Child Mind Institute | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A great masquerader
Anxiety manifests in a surprising variety of ways in part because it is based on a physiological response to a threat in the environment, a response that maximizes the body's ability to either face danger or escape danger. So while some children exhibit anxiety by shrinking from situations or objects that trigger fears, some react with overwhelming need to break out of an uncomfortable situation. That behavior, which can be unmanageable, is often misread as anger or opposition.
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The Medicaid bill that doesn't go away when you die

PAT MCGINNIS, California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform: Having a home is one of the key factors in being able to escape poverty.

SALLY SCHILLING: Pat McGinnis, the executive director of California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform, says estate recovery hurts the people who need inheritance the most.

PAT MCGINNIS: What you’re doing, again, destabilizing low-income communities and creating a cycle of poverty that people will never get out.
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Kimberly Maddigan's comment, Today, 5:54 PM
I never knew that federal law requires Medicaid to charge recipients after they die. I think that it is unfair that the fees are charged after they die, and are left to their leftover assets. There should be some type of payment set up on the recipient of the care, so that the burden isn't placed on the ones they leave behind. I also think that it isn't right that when Rod Morgan asked about Estate Recovery before signing up for Medi-cal, he was told that they couldn't possibly charge him. Because Rod was reassured this sort of thing (estate recovery) wouldn't happen, he signed up. After they were approved, they received a letter in the mail congratulating them and on the back it said, " you are subject to estate recovery, and do not contact your social worker about this." I think that recipients of Medicaid should be informed of this estate recovery before they sign up. The problem with federal health care is that someone needs to pay for it. Matt Salo said, "Medicaid is the largest payer of long-term care in this country. Medicaid shouldn’t and cannot sustain itself if it continues to provide all long-term care to all people, especially those who have the means of paying for some of it on their own." I completely agree with him.
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Willie Nelson to open chain of marijuana stores

Willie Nelson to open chain of marijuana stores | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Veteran country star plans to launch his own brand of weed, Willie’s Reserve, to sell in states where marijuana is legal
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Orion Hutchin's comment, Today, 6:10 PM
I would agree with the idea of pot being a drug we should allow. They brought up the economical aspects of pot that I would agree with. However the taxes are way to high. The black market is much more affordable then recreational at this point. Its an okay start for this product. The industry still has a lot of growth in battling the federal regulation.
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Jury finds ex-San Francisco bank executive guilty of fraud

Jury finds ex-San Francisco bank executive guilty of fraud | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag said Thursday a federal jury in Oakland found 66-year-old Ebrahim Shabudin guilty of conspiring with others within the bank to falsify key bank records as part of a scheme to conceal millions of dollars in losses and falsely inflate the bank's financial statements. United Commercial Bank received $298 million from the Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP, in 2008 during the height of the nation's financial crisis.
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15 of the Most Absurd Police Department Names - Uniform Stories

15 of the Most Absurd Police Department Names - Uniform Stories | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
I'm sure these police departments are tired of all the jokes, but for the rest of us...
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Alexander Yakovlev's comment, Today, 5:02 AM
I think, it’s kind of funny and silly police agencies with this kinds of names; however, it shows that they love their city and they are ready to serve. Coincidence sometimes happens, and such names looks silly but cool. I think North Pole police should be there as well.
Orion Hutchin's comment, Today, 6:21 PM
I would also say these cops have embraced who they work for. They are confident, probably have a sense of humor. I would definitely be in trouble with many of these police forces.It would help to lighten the mood a little bit if a person got pulled over. I think the police presences in this town might actually be more embraced by the people as well.
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Germanwings plane crash: Co-pilot 'wanted to destroy plane'

Germanwings plane crash: Co-pilot 'wanted to destroy plane' | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The co-pilot of the Germanwings flight, named as Andreas Lubitz, intentionally started the plane's descent before it crashed into the French Alps, officials say.
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Chomsky: Myth of American Success Goes Hand in Hand With Racial Oppression / Sputnik International

Chomsky: Myth of American Success Goes Hand in Hand With Racial Oppression / Sputnik International | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
American economic prosperity is inextricably linked to its history of slavery and racial oppression, and fears that black people will take revenge are 'deeply rooted in American culture,' says academic, author, and dissident Noam Chomsky in a...

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Investigation and Forensic Science Case Study: Human Remains Found In Wood Stove

Investigation and Forensic Science Case Study: Human Remains Found In Wood Stove | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Police were tipped of by a witness who saw Owens dumping bags of items into a dumpster in Candler, which is just south of the couple's home town of Leicester. Police searched the dumpster and found items belonging to Mrs. Codd, and identified Owens as the person who dumped them there.
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This is a great example of detectives mining tips to find clues to a difficult case.  Then, forensic techs combing several scenes for evidence, which then is used to confront the suspect(s) with inconsistencies in their original statements.  Leading to charges.

 

Strange that the crime scene burned down shortly thereafter.  Things to make you go hmmm.

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Brandal Nicole Crenshaw's comment, March 26, 5:07 PM
Yeah. I had a hmmm reaction to. It is nice to see the two groups working so closely together in this case.
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Wealth Inequality: a rebuttal to Thomas Piketty's "Capital": Rate on return of wealth may not exceed economic growth (3 reasons)

Wealth Inequality: a rebuttal to Thomas Piketty's "Capital": Rate on return of wealth may not exceed economic growth (3 reasons) | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Mr Rognlie mounts three main criticisms of these arguments. First, he argues that the rate of return from capital probably declines over the long run, rather than remaining high as Mr Piketty suggests, due to the law of diminishing marginal returns. Modern forms of capital, such as software, depreciate faster in value than equipment did in the past: a giant metal press might have a working life of decades while a new piece of database-management software will be obsolete in a few years at most. This means that although gross returns from wealth are rising, they may not necessarily be growing in net terms, since a large share of the gains that flow to owners of capital must be reinvested.

Second, Mr Rognlie’s research suggests that Mr Piketty has overestimated how high the returns on wealth are likely to be in the future. These should also decline over time, he reckons, unless it is very easy for the economy to substitute capital (like robots) for workers. Yet the historical evidence suggests that this is far harder than he suggests.



And third, Mr Rognlie finds that growing returns to wealth have not been distributed equally across all sectors. The return on non-housing wealth has been remarkably stable since 1970 (see chart). Instead, surging house prices are almost entirely responsible for growing returns on capital.
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Take aways:

1. NIMBY policies are allowing the older home owners to collect the benefits of increasing capital at the expense of younger non-property holders.

2. A focused tax approach targeting these older homeowners is better than Piketty's suggested 2% per year tax on wealth.

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Police say suburban Boston home was wired to explode with flip of a switch

Police say suburban Boston home was wired to explode with flip of a switch | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Police said Tuesday that someone wired a house in a Boston suburb to explode when a certain light switch was turned on. 
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Jeez! Good reason not to rent to Dr. Evil....

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Rodney Ebersole's comment, March 26, 2:41 AM
Wow, this is a good reason to never have a renter. There must be more to this story as to why the renter hated that house or the owners so much. Needless to say I'm glad that no one got hurt and I'm sure that poor electrician was glad he didn't go around flipping switches.
Brandal Nicole Crenshaw's comment, March 26, 5:13 PM
I agree that there has to be more to this story than what we are presented with. Still, though, no matter how bad the situation is, blowing up your landlord is never a good option!
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Talking to Future Cops

Talking to Future Cops | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
What are criminal justice students thinking about today? Here are some question I got from students attending the 4-year degree program at the University of Wisconsin in Platteville yesterday. I ha...

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Brandal Nicole Crenshaw's comment, March 26, 5:21 PM
I find it interesting that a lot of these questions tend to be regarding race relations. I can understand the concern, especially with everything going on lately in the media, but at the same time, give it ten years and I can't help but feel like there will be a new code with a new critic of the police force. That said, we do need to focus on addressing this immediate need of rebuilding the public and police relations. We've talked a lot about the us vs them mentality that some police officers get from a police perspective, but I feel like that goes both ways. Police feel like they have to watch their backs all the time (and not just from physical harm, but now also critics of their job), but I bet some people feel that they have to watch out for the police. It will be interesting to see how this (or it is) changes as time goes on or if something else just becomes the new critic.
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Long, long road

Long, long road | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
ISRAEL’S creation has many causes, but among the most powerful, argues Bruce Hoffman, is terrorism. For a decade, the anonymous soldiers of the Jewish underground waged a terror campaign to establish a state, targeting first Arabs, then British forces, then Arabs again.
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The Economist does an excellent job at book reviews.  See this one for an idea of how we might convert terrorists, even Al Qaeda, to political states.

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