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Jesse Cadman: Mother of teen’s killer has reached out to his family

Jesse Cadman: Mother of teen’s killer has reached out to his family | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Supriya Deas can divide her life into before and after. Before her son Isaac killed 16-year-old Jesse Cadman, she was an ordinary community member.
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LaDonna Coghill's comment, November 14, 2012 12:06 AM
This story is an amazing one. To think that after all the years that passed that these families were able to work together so that all parties could move on with their lives without hatred or resentment. This mother should be given kudos for doing all that she did to help her son find peace within himself, it seems like even after he committed murder that he was walking down an angry and violent path that his mother saved him from. This story is a great example for restorative justice, with the offender taking responsibility for his actions and taking the steps to make amends for those actions.
T Hall's comment, November 14, 2012 1:47 AM
This is actually a pretty remarkable story. The dedication of Isaac’s mother is quite inspiring and she was able to ignite the change her son desperately needed. In a sense, Isaac may have felt shame and by feeling shame, he was able to hold himself accountable for his poor decisions. It seems like through meditation, he was about to highlight his personal values and to really consider his priorities in life. I give a lot of credit to both families for having the patience and commitment to work through such a horrific situation. I really enjoyed how the mother commented about if one chooses to live in fear and with the anger, the murder has then taken more than one life. The restorative justice approach is so powerful and enables individuals to actively take responsibility and to work on reintegration into society as a law abiding citizen.
Kimberly's comment, November 15, 2012 8:52 PM
This was a really good story. It is very rare that after something tragic like this happens that the two (in this case families) would end up civil with each other. I think that it took a lot from the Cadman family to be able to forgive and try to move on from what happened. Most mother's would probably turn the other way on their child, but Deas chose to try to help her son become a better person and to change the path that he was on. It shows that taking the time and effort to help someone change and to become a better person. it is good to know that Deas and her son go to different jails and tell their story. It truly does help other inmates know that there is a different way, and they can choose to live a different life. I believe that Deas and her son will change lives, and by doing their part may reduce the amount of murders that could happen when other inmates are let out.
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When a Farmer Punches Back at the Feds

When a Farmer Punches Back at the Feds | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
John Duarte faces millions of dollars in fines for breaching the Clean Water Act by plowing 450 acres of farmland. If Duarte ultimately loses in court, his fall will affect the property rights of landowners and farmers across the U.S.
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UAF named its bird lab after this man. Now he’s guilty of bird smuggling

A renowned bird collector whose name was adopted by the University of Alaska for its ornithology lab in Fairbanks pleaded guilty in federal court last week to smuggling bird carcasses into the United States.

Heinrich "Henry" Springer, a longtime research associate with the University of Alaska Museum of the North in Fairbanks, helped smuggle the bird specimens into the country for his own collection and for a Florida friend between May 2010 and October 2014, according to court documents filed by the U.S. Attorney's Office in U.S. District Court in Gainesville, Florida.

Springer, now 80 years old, declined to comment when reached by phone Tuesday. His attorney did not respond to an email and phone message Tuesday seeking comment.

Springer is a former member of the Alaska House, representing Nome as a Democrat from 1987 to 1988. He also once served as the executive director of the Knik Arm Bridge and Toll Authority and as chairman of the Alaska Board of Game.
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Legal practitioners discuss juveniles access to justice

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Legal practitioners have been challenged to advocate for children’s rights irrespective of the economic standing of the families of the children.

The call was made, last week, by the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Justice, Isabelle Karihangabo, during a consultative meeting that brought together different stakeholders to discuss access to justice by juveniles.

Besides lawyers, the meeting in Kigali was also attended by government officials, prosecutors, police and members of the civil society.

“You must ensure that children get free access to justice be it those from rich or poor families. Free access to justice for juvenile offenders is enshrined in the country’s laws. It is therefore your duty to ensure this is respected,” said Karihangabo.

She said restorative justice that is aimed to correct the behaviour of the children should be prioritised.
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Purse snatcher seriously injures 71-year-old outside Fairbanks bingo hall, police say

A man being held on robbery and assault charges in Fairbanks broke a woman’s pelvis when he snatched her purse and knocked her down, police say.
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Kimber Elena Andruss's comment, May 23, 12:57 PM
This saddens me all around. What was intended to be a petty theft just escalated exponentially, and both lives are going to be permanently changed. Things like this are also the reason our society is having an increasingly negative attitude toward youth in general; it's easier to be suspicious of everyone, especially after stories like this break, rather than be willing to risk your own safety and property by being kind or even just not judging. I hope the best for everyone in this scenario.
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...yes, just a thoughtless young man...I had one years ago where the elderly woman broke a rib and punctured her lung and spleen. Unfortunately, she died and the young man involved was distraught saying over and over "I never meant for this to happen...."
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Tampa man arrested for allegedly killing 'neo-Nazi' roommates who 'disrespected' his Muslim faith

Tampa man arrested for allegedly killing 'neo-Nazi' roommates who 'disrespected' his Muslim faith | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Tampa police are investigating after a man allegedly admitted to killing his two roommates because he believes they disrespected his Muslim faith.

Devon Arthurs, 18, was arrested Friday and faces two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of aggravated assault and three counts of armed kidnapping.

Around 5:29 p.m. local time on May 19, Arthurs entered Green Planet Smoke Shop in Tampa armed with a black semiautomatic pistol, according to a police report on the incident. He allegedly demanded that the employee and one customer who were in the store at the time get on the ground as he pointed the gun at one of the captives.

"Why shouldn't I kill you?" one victim says Arthurs yelled while holding them captive, according to the police report.

About two to three minutes after Arthurs entered the shop, a second customer entered and was also ordered to get on the ground.

"Arthurs informed all three victims in the store that he had already killed somebody," said the police report. "He further informed all three victims that he was upset due to America bombing his Muslim countries."

Approximately five minutes after the third victim entered the store, two Tampa police officers arrived to the scene and confronted Arthurs.
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Kimber Elena Andruss's comment, May 23, 1:10 PM
Wow, what an incredibly sad series of events. It just goes to show how easily influenced our youth can be, especially when it comes to 'belonging' to something. Righteous indignation is so powerful and aggressive in the moment. It's just sad to see so many lives ruined like this. I would be interested to see what the mental health of Arthurs looks like; while not acceptable, I understand what took place with his roommates, but continuing on to the shop to hold others hostage doesn't link to me. It is interesting that two young men were involved. I wonder what the young National Guard member is going through right now, in light of all of this.
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Lawyer who reacted to judge's ruling with muttered obscenity is suspended from federal practice

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A lawyer who rolled her eyes and complained that a judge’s ruling was “f—— bull—-” has been suspended from practice in Chicago federal court for 90 days.

The executive committee of the Northern District of Illinois imposed the suspension on Chicago-area lawyer Alison Motta in an order (PDF) made public last Friday, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The order said Motta made comments under her breath and rolled her eyes several times in a trial before U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve. In addition to imposing the suspension, the order banned Motta from acting as lead lawyer in any trials before the court for a year and required her to take ethics classes.

Motta’s bad behavior occurred during her defense of Vandetta Redwood, who was accused of giving a gun to a teenage relative seconds before the relative used the weapon to kill a 14-year-old girl. Redwood was acquitted on federal weapons charges in the January trial, the Chicago Tribune reported here.

Motta was “continuously disruptive” during the trial, which lasted about two weeks, according to the order. She “visibly reacted to testimony (such as by rolling her eyes) and made comments about the testimony, all in the presence of the jury,” the order said. “Other instances of misconduct were even directed at the trial judge’s rulings on objections. After unfavorable decisions on objections, Ms. Motta would shake her head, roll her eyes, and make comments under her breath.”

The “F—— bull—-” comment was one “particularly egregious instance,” the order said.
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Note the Missing Word......Victims :: Fox&Hounds

Note the Missing Word......Victims :: Fox&Hounds | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
As crime rates rise and victims continue to be marginalized by some state legislators, the Los Angeles Times again provided a “criminal justice reform” advocate with a platform to expound on how the system is too harsh.  This time it was Fordham law professor John Pfaff, who blamed budgetary incentives and the dark forces of prosecutors as reasons why criminal punishments are not lessened.
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TxDPS - Texas Criminal Alien Arrest Data

TxDPS - Texas Criminal Alien Arrest Data | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The State of Texas has averaged over 71,000 total criminal arrests per month in local Texas jails since January 2012.
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It would also be useful to know what rate of offense this represents:

1.65 million estimated illegal aliens in Texas;
36,000 reported crimes per year
.02 crimes per person
UCR rate per 100,000 population of Illegal aliens: .33

27.47 million total population
888,155 crimes reported annually
.03 crime per person
UCR rate per 100,000 population: 8.24


So the illegal alien rate of crime is quite a bit lower than the total rate of crime.  Be careful of data.  As Mark Twain once remarked: "There are lies.  There are damn lies.  Then, there are statistics."


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Free exchange: A new anthology of essays reconsiders Thomas Piketty’s “Capital” | The Economist

Free exchange: A new anthology of essays reconsiders Thomas Piketty’s “Capital” | The Economist | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it

“A MODERN Marx” was how The Economist described Thomas Piketty three years ago, when he was well on his way to selling more than 2m copies of “Capital in the Twenty-First Century”. It was meant as a compliment, mostly: as advice to take the analysis seriously, yet to treat the policy recommendations with caution. The book’s striking warning, of the creeping dominance of the very wealthy, looks as relevant as ever: as Donald Trump’s heirs mind his business empire, he works to repeal inheritance tax. But “Capital” changed the agenda of academic economics far less than it seemed it might. A new volume of essays reflecting on Mr Piketty’s book, published this month, prods economists to do better. It is not clear they can. 


“After Piketty: The Agenda for Economics and Inequality”, edited by Heather Boushey, Bradford DeLong and Marshall Steinbaum, is a book by economists, for economists. In that it resembles “Capital” itself. Before he was an unlikely cultural icon, Mr Piketty was a respected empirical economist. He was best known as one of a group of scholars, among them Emmanuel Saez and Anthony Atkinson, who used tax data to track long-run inequality. In “Capital” these data became the basis for an ambitious theory of capitalism. Mr Piketty argued that wealth naturally accumulates and concentrates, so that familial riches are ever more critical to determining an individual’s success or failure in life. The extravagant inequality of the Gilded Age could return if no preventive action is taken.

Mr Piketty chose to compress his sweeping narrative into a compact economic model backed up by a few simple equations. The mathematical expression at the heart of his book is little more complicated than an emoji: r > g. It says that the rate of return on capital, r, has historically been greater than g, the growth rate of the economy. Why does this matter? It means, first, that the ratio of an economy’s wealth to its output tends to rise, which increases the relative economic power of wealth in society. Second, because the distribution of wealth is usually less equal than the distribution of income, faster growth in wealth than in GDP means a steady increase in inequality. Third, it implies that income from capital will grow as a share of income (and income from labour will fall). So being born rich (or marrying well) becomes a surer route to success than working hard or starting a firm. It is a recipe for social stagnation, and perhaps crisis.

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Piketty gave us a lot to think about.  James Buchanan, a Nobel prize winner in economics, suggests that free, open, plural, and fair systems will always provide the best institutions, but this "unfairness" of wealth accumulation undermines that formula.....later we'll study the Instrumentalists (Marx, and principally the Frankfurt School of theorists) who come from the position that those in power use power to augment and hold on to that power.  Structuralists (Parsons, Merton, etc.) see these effects, but not the mechanism for how the wealthy are achieving this feat--it's very complicated and another explanation is that it is somehow functional (these theorists are also called functionalists) for the system to have capital clustered in a few hands, therefore the system has evolved to do so--without any nefarious cabal behind the scenes making sure this happens.

Whether anyone causes this or not is immaterial when we look at Merton's (and later Agnew's) strain theory, because economic strain creates angst that contributes to crime (due to anger, despair, and substitution for things like respect & pride) and, over time, creates deviant subculture (the Chicago School).
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Teen accused in Miss. carjack murder points finger at accomplice

Teen accused in Miss. carjack murder points finger at accomplice | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A Mississippi teen charged with murder in the death of a 6-year-old said the boy was actually shot by another of the three suspects.
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john's comment, May 21, 2:37 PM
Now this is a crime of opportunity. The mother made a poor decision on leaving her son inside a running car past midnight. The three teens took advantage of it and drove off without knowing their was a toddler in the backseat. What I did not read was if the county set an AMBER alert and if any radio stations were up that late to run it. The police officers believe that they have enough evidence to move forward without the weapon and maybe they can find gun residue on one of the defendants.
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Alaska unemployment, among nation's highest, worsens slightly in April

Alaska’s 6.6 percent rate for April was just behind New Mexico’s, the worst in the nation at 6.7 percent.
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john's comment, May 21, 3:07 PM
This recession is the first I get to experience as an Alaskan. Oil production prices have been lower than what we are used to and it really created a domino affect in Alaska. I personally know several new teachers who recently graduated from UAF and now lost their teaching positions due to cuts. It is imperative for the next generation to seek higher education because of future stability and to keep a better quality of life. I read in a different article that local economist predict that there will be no job bounce back by 2026. https://www.adn.com/opinions/2017/01/20/economists-say-recession-will-last-three-more-years-followed-by-a-smaller-poorer-alaska/ Another challenge that the state faces is environmentalists and lawmakers who are heavily against oil drilling and our state needs to take advantage of our resources.
Rob Duke's comment, May 21, 7:22 PM
Luckily, economists are notoriously wrong, usually pessimistically so...afterall Economics is known as the "dismal science"; unfortunately sometimes they're not pessimistic enough. I hope that's not true in this case because we need a bounce before 2026.
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Here's the Most Dangerous City in California

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One analysis of crime and other data says San Bernardino is California's most dangerous city.
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In 1990, 1991, 1992, we had the highest murder rate per capita in the entire U.S., so it has been bad for as long as I can remember, but ever since Norton AFB shut down....the city never recovered.  Ontario, Fontana, and Rialto played the development game correctly and captured the auto dealers and new malls--Even the zero growthers in Redlands (my home town & department) have done better.  Property tax is a slow slide into oblivion (because prop. 13 capped property tax and Props 98 & 99 gave over 70% of that revenue to schools), so without sales tax, a city in California is challenged.  "Berdoo" came back from the brink of bankruptcy, but they're a City without a sale or a rudder.  I don't know the answer, but they need to figure out how to have a healthy jobs-housing mix.  At the very least, they need to invest in modern rapid transit and Transit Oriented Development (TOD).  With reasonable transportation options, those with good jobs may discover cheap housing, which may lead to a renewal, but without good public safety even that is a non-starter.
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Four reasons why the demand for walkability is growing | Build a Better Burb

Four reasons why the demand for walkability is growing | Build a Better Burb | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
While patterns of development from the previous century dictated a sprawling suburbia focused on the automobile, many Americans have begun to turn their back on this way of living and are now seeking walkable places to shop, work, and live. Below are four of the reasons that have fueled this increased demand. Shopping and dining …
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My four reasons are a little different.  Walkable spaces are:
1. safer because the streets seem to have "eyes" and most times other people are out with you;
2. people live above shops, so downtowns, restaurants, and shops are economically viable;
3. everyone likes to live in a town that gives them a "sense-of-place" or that hometown feel; and
4. people get to know one another and everyone enjoys living where everyone knows your name.  This creates strong social organization and is the very currency of civil society.

So, be well and design walkable built spaces.
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Kung phooey: A fist-fight in China turns into a clash between tradition and modernity | The Economist

Kung phooey: A fist-fight in China turns into a clash between tradition and modernity | The Economist | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A video of the clash spread rapidly online. Some commentators in China sided with Mr Xu, and urged him to expose other kung fu “masters”. Mr Xu promised to do so. His aim, he said, was not to disparage Chinese martial arts, but to expose deceitful practitioners.

But many netizens accused Mr Xu of trying to besmirch the country’s ancient fighting techniques: how, they asked, could a single fight prove anything? Guancha.cn, a news portal, said Mr Xu’s posts over the years on Weibo, a microblog website, had insulted the Chinese army and Mao Zedong. Ye Yincong of Lingnan University in Hong Kong wrote that the reaction demonstrated a common tendency in China to view the world in terms of a struggle between Chinese tradition and Western influence.

Some kung-fu fighters have expressed willingness to take up Mr Xu’s challenge. But faced with a barrage of hate messages, Mr Xu appears to have lost his zeal. On May 4th he appeared in a live video-stream, looking stressed. “I have lost my career and everything,” he said, implying the pressure had been affecting his work as a mixed-martial-arts coach.
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Facebook Live's emerging role in policing and criminology

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Facebook Live's emerging role in policing and criminology
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Harrisburg residents share ideas about ending crime wave

Harrisburg residents share ideas about ending crime wave | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
HARRISBURG — More than 100 citizens, lawmakers, law enforcement and city officials met Monday night at Harrisburg City Hall for a Town Hall-style discussion on the recent crime wave which
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The Poisoned Generation

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Lead was only one of many ecological risks her family faced. The playgrounds where Ryan and Ronnie played often brimmed with pools of fetid, standing water—owing to New Orleans’s fabled and constant flooding—that were sometimes tainted with battery acid. Billieson had heard tell about the regurgitated sewage and chemical waste from Louisiana’s booming petrochemical operations that flowed back into dirt common spaces where her children learned to walk, all while they breathed in the emissions from the nearby roads and highways.

Some other kids across the virtually all-black New Orleans housing projects had it even worse. That year, the Press Park section of the Desire projects and its nearby elementary school were declared a Superfund site by the Environmental Protection Agency for a concoction of known contaminants leaching from a closed landfill.
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How much is lead responsible for violence? 
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UK police: 19 dead, 50 injured at Ariana Grande concert after reports of explosion

UK police: 19 dead, 50 injured at Ariana Grande concert after reports of explosion | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Nineteen people were killed and 50 injured at an Ariana Grande concert late Monday in Manchester, England, after reports of an explosion, UK police confirmed.
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Crime Increase Sparks Criminal Justice Reform Debate in California

Crime Increase Sparks Criminal Justice Reform Debate in California | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Crime has been going up in California, and some members of law enforcement and their support organizations are blaming a series of changes to California’s criminal justice system in recent years.

Violent crime in California increased 10 percent and property crime increased 8.1 percent from 2014 to 2015, according to the California Office of the Attorney General. In Los Angeles, violent crime increased three years in a row, rising 69.5 percent since 2013, according to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).
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As ownership of the institutions of public safety shifted away from the police and victims, the value of that safety shifted to criminals.
California has even acknowledged this by allowing it's taxpayers to deduct the cost of security on their tax returns.
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'The Drug Whisperer': Drivers arrested while stone cold sober

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Drunk driving arrests are down sharply after decades of aggressive enforcement, while drugged driving arrests are climbing.

Georgia now has more than 250 officers with special 'drug recognition expert' training.

But WHAS11's partner station WXIA's Chief Investigator Brendan Keefe discovered some drivers are getting arrested for driving stoned -- even when their drug tests came back clean.

Cobb County Police Officer T.T. Carroll: "You said you haven't had anything to drink tonight?"

Katelyn Ebner: "Not tonight, no."
Officer Carroll: "Not tonight, okay. One of the things we do is we ask people to blow through this thing, okay."

Katelyn Ebner crossed the center line, and got pulled over on the way home from work. She works in a bar, and does not drink while at work.

Officer Carroll: "Blow real hard, blow 'til I ask you to stop -- keep going, keep going -- you can stop. Okay."

No, she had not been drinking. All tests for alcohol came up empty. But the Cobb County police officer who pulled her over was not done yet.
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Analogs (a designer drug) won't be detected, though the person will have the physiological symptomology of the illegal or impairing substance.  At the end of the day, it's not the substance that is illegal, but the impairment, thus as long as the probable cause for the stop is good and the symptomology supports the probable cause of the arrest, the arrests are good.  Now, having said that, a prosecutor may decline prosecution because a jury may conclude the drug test is proof the officer was wrong about the probable cause.
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Going straight: Prisoners and the job market | The Economist

Going straight: Prisoners and the job market | The Economist | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it

Should prospective employers know a prospective applicant's arrest history? 


DION got his first paying job at 14—which would be admirable, except that he was selling crack cocaine. He spent much of his early adulthood bouncing between prison and the streets of Yonkers, in New York state. Then, a few months out of one four-year spell behind bars, he discovered Greyston bakery. Founded by a Jewish engineer-turned-Buddhist monk, Greyston practices "non-judgment".  To get a job, people need only provide their names and telephone numbers, and turn up on time when a vacancy arises.

Most companies are far more discerning, particularly when it comes to people like Dion.

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Household Debt Levels Are at a High -- but It's Not All Bad News -- The Motley Fool

Household Debt Levels Are at a High -- but It's Not All Bad News --  The Motley Fool | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
We live in a country that practically runs on borrowing, and the latest data from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York only drives home this point. According to the Fed, total U.S. household debt reached $12.73 trillion in the first three months of the year, marking a $149 billion increase since the end of 2016. What this also means is that collectively, Americans have a higher level of debt today than they did back in 2008, when it peaked at $12.68 trillion.

If you don't quite remember 2008, here's a brief summary: The housing market went boom, the stock market tanked, and the economy was in such a sorry state that even to this day, countless Americans have yet to fully recover. Yet the news out of the Fed isn't all bad, because while debt levels have hit a record high, we're in a very different situation today from where we were the last time around.
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See my comments on Institutions next article over (or down).
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The driver behind Times Square mayhem said "I wanted to kill them"

The driver behind Times Square mayhem said "I wanted to kill them" | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Richard Rojas, 26, told a witness that he had wanted to kill the pedestrians on Thursday, according to court documents.
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john's comment, May 21, 6:02 PM
To me it seems like a behavior problem that escalated until this event. Rojas was discharged from the Navy in 2014 and we have this three year gap of his personal life that we do not know. Whether he has taken efforts to improve his behavior, alcohol consumption,through rehabilitative means or have reached out to family and friends near by. I believe on a different article I read earlier, it stated that he wanted suicide by cop. If this was the case, why did he use this approach instead of using a weapon? The photo of him looks desperate as he wants the police to know that he is the driver who hit those people.
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Fentanyl found in 3 recent overdose deaths in Anchorage

Heroin overdoses have surged in recent weeks, public health officials say.
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Synthetic opioids...Tango & Cash; China White, etc.
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Alabama Principal Charged With Obstructing Police Probe

Police say they've charged an Alabama high school principal with obstructing their investigation into allegations that a teacher was sexually involved with a student.

Al.com reports (http://bit.ly/2qR45wl ) that Hueytown High School Principal Joseph Garner is charged with obstruction of a governmental operation; and violation of Alabama's mandatory reporting law. Both charges are misdemeanors.

Hueytown Police Chief Chuck Hagler said that when his detectives asked the principal about the case, he was "not truthful." Hagler said police haven't been able to file charges against the teacher, partly because evidence including cellphone records was destroyed.
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