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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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I arrived at my friend's party. A few hours later she died, exactly as planned.

I arrived at my friend's party. A few hours later she died, exactly as planned. | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
California's assisted suicide law just went into effect. My friend decided to put it to use — and gather her friends around her as she did so.
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U.S. Traffic Fatalities Continued to Surge in First Half of 2016

U.S. Traffic Fatalities Continued to Surge in First Half of 2016 | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Traffic fatalities rose 9% in the first six months of 2016, compared with a year earlier, as a stronger economy and falling gas prices encouraged Americans to spend more time behind the wheel, the National Safety Council said.
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California Crime Measure Triggers 52,000 Fewer Arrests

California Crime Measure Triggers 52,000 Fewer Arrests
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USA TODAY Sports investigation raises questions about Rio cops, Lochte incident

USA TODAY Sports investigation raises questions about Rio cops, Lochte incident | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Lochte has admitted he exaggerated his initial description of how the four men were stopped in their taxi and robbed by men who flashed badges, as well as his sensational allegation of a gun being held to his forehead.

But a narrative of the night’s events – constructed by USA TODAY Sports from witness statements, official investigations, surveillance videos and media reports – supports Lochte’s later account in which he said he thought the swimmers were being robbed when they were approached at a gas station by armed men who flashed badges, pointed guns at them and demanded money.

A Brazilian judge says police might have been hasty in determining the security guards, by how they dealt with the swimmers, did not commit a robbery. A lawyer who has practiced in Brazil for 25 years says she does not think the actions of Lochte and teammate Jimmy Feigen constitute the filing of a false police report as defined under Brazilian law.
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Trial of brother of San Bernardino terrorist slated for November

Trial of brother of San Bernardino terrorist slated for November | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Dec. 2, San Bernardino became synonymous with many other cities facing terrorism around the world. That fateful day, terrorists Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, abandoned their infant daughter and made their way through the Inland Regional Center, firing numerous rounds from assault rifles.

When the gunfire subsided, 14 people were dead, 22 wounded and an entire community ripped apart in fear.

Later that day on a small stretch of one San Bernardino street, a gun battle ended with the terrorists’ deaths.
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My grandparents house was one block from the final shootout.
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Riverside County moves forward with steps to make criminal justice system more cost effective

Riverside County moves forward with steps to make criminal justice system more cost effective | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Board of Supervisors approved this week recommendations to improve public safety outcomes and cut costs with advice and analysis from CA Fwd.
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Riverside and San Bernardino are two of the largest counties of the 58 in California.  I worked in these two counties for the first 12 years of my career.
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French court suspends burkini ban

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French mayors do not have the right to ban burkinis, the French Council of State ruled Friday.
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Fairbanks attorney Susan Carney will join Alaska Supreme Court on Friday

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FAIRBANKS — The Alaska Supreme Court will hold the installation of its latest member at the Rabinowitz Courthouse in Fairbanks on Friday.
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'They'll kill for it': Ramen is a new black-market currency in US prisons

'They'll kill for it': Ramen is a new black-market currency in US prisons | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Inmates often use instant ramen packs to barter for other food items, clothes, hygiene products and even services, survey shows.
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Latin American Herald Tribune - British Police Intercept Drones Flying Drugs, Cell-Phones into London Prison

Latin American Herald Tribune - British Police Intercept Drones Flying Drugs, Cell-Phones into London Prison | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
British police have intercepted two drones carrying drugs and mobile phones into a prison in north London, a Metropolitan police statement said Monday.

Police said they were appealing for witnesses following the recovery of two drones carrying phones and assorted drugs in the vicinity of London’s Pentonville jail from Aug. 12-14.

“These recovered drones carried a substantial amount of Class B drugs, legal highs and a large quantity of mobile phones,” said police Chief Inspector Steve Heatley.

The police said one drone was recovered after it crashed while flying towards the jail laden with its clandestine cargo.

Later, police were alerted to another drone being flown towards the prison which an officer was able to intercept.

The statement said a package containing a large quantity of drugs and two mobile phones was retrieved from the drone.
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California becomes first state to officially legalize motorcycle lane splitting

California becomes first state to officially legalize motorcycle lane splitting | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Update on 'Essential Politics: Rep. Ami Bera's father sentenced to prison, Assembly votes to eliminate statute of limitations for rap
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A great case to illustrate how norms move more quickly than law.  People have been lane splitting my entire life in California and the law just caught up to practice.
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Feds expand hunt for laundered money to pricey Bay Area homes

Feds expand hunt for laundered money to pricey Bay Area homes | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The federal government is expanding to the Bay Area its hunt for people who hide cash by purchasing expensive homes through shell companies. Many rich and famous people purchase homes through shells, usually limited liability companies, for privacy and other legal reasons. In January, the government started requiring title insurance companies to identify the people behind shell companies that purchase high-priced homes in Manhattan and Miami-Dade County in all-cash deals. Starting Aug. 28, title insurance companies must identify the people behind shell companies that purchase homes worth $2 million or more without a mortgage in San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Los Angeles and Orange counties. When most people buy homes, their names are listed on the deed filed with the county recorder, which is public information. Banks and other financial institutions are required to know their customers, including those behind shell companies, and report suspicious transactions to the network. Mortgage companies, mortgage brokers, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are required to provide suspicious activity reports to the network, said Steve Hudak, a spokesman for the crimes agency. The main targets of the new order are “tax evaders, foreign corrupt officials, drug dealers and arms traffickers,” said Sanford Millar, a Los Angeles tax lawyer. The program is designed mainly to help law enforcement “follow the money” of suspects, said Steve Gottheim, senior counsel for the American Land Title Association. The law that created geographic targeting orders does not allow the government to request wire transfer data, although “legislation is pending that could change that,” Hudak said. Buyers also could avoid the order by purchasing a home outside the target area or commercial real estate, said Steve Wilson, an attorney with Withers Bergman. The order could depress luxury home sales and prices in affected counties if a material number of cash buyers were trying to avoid detection.
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Even 'pharma bro' calls EpiPen price hikers 'vultures' amid backlash

Even 'pharma bro' calls EpiPen price hikers 'vultures' amid backlash | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A growing chorus is calling on the Mylan pharmaceutical company to justify its over 400 percent price hikes on EpiPens.
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Synthetic Marijuana Creating ‘Public Health Crisis’ in Skid Row: LAFD Medical Director

Synthetic Marijuana Creating ‘Public Health Crisis’ in Skid Row: LAFD Medical Director | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The use of synthetic marijuana known as "spice" has created a public health crisis among the homeless population in downtown Los Angeles' Skid Row area, the city Fire Department's medical director said after a multipatient emergency response Monday morning.
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Synthetic MJ is a misnomer.  These are chemical concoctions just like meth, or lsd or pcp....
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Contra Costa County jail inmates file class action suit over 'excessive' phone fees

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A Southern California law firm has filed a suit against Contra Costa and several other Bay Area counties, alleging the jails are gouging inmates' families by jacking up the costs of inmate phone calls.
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In the name of security, these contracts cost inmates 100's of dollars for what you and I would pay pennies to make the same calls...
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'Bomb explodes' outside Brussels police building - reports

'Bomb explodes' outside Brussels police building - reports | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A bomb exploded at the Brussels Institute of Criminology in the north of the Belgian capital on Monday but the building was empty and no one was wounded, broadcaster RTL said.
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One Man’s Quest To Document The Highways That Tore His City Apart

One Man’s Quest To Document The Highways That Tore His City Apart | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Highways changed America forever, but they left a trail of flattened homes and fractured neighborhoods.
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The perils of not saving

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Chile is already moving in this direction. A tax-funded scheme introduced in 2008 for Chileans with relatively low incomes, 60% of the population, will pay out more than half the country’s pension bill by 2030, says David Bravo, who led a government commission on pensions last year. On August 9th Ms Bachelet proposed further reforms, including a 5% contribution to be levied on employers, which will go toward topping up the lowest pensions. A new state-owned AFP will provide more competition to private ones. Hidden charges will be eliminated. Rather than bury Pinochet’s pension scheme, Ms Bachelet may give it a second lease of life.
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Growing up poor is so stressful, it can affect brain development

Growing up poor is so stressful, it can affect brain development | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
New research reveals the connection between stress, poverty and brain development in children.
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The Truth Comes Out – Rio Police Show Their Corruption, Media SILENT in Lochte Drama

The Truth Comes Out – Rio Police Show Their Corruption, Media SILENT in Lochte Drama | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
One of the hottest stories to come out of the 2016 Olympics -- and one that has gained even more steam over the weekend since the US mainstream media was loving it -- and feeding it to us constantly is this:
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Chicago's detective force dwindles as murder rate soars

Chicago's detective force dwindles as murder rate soars | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Every two weeks, Cynthia Lewis contacts the detectives investigating the homicide of her brother on Chicago's south side almost a year ago.
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Data crunchers bring precision to police work

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Data crunchers bring precision to police work
Phaedra Trethan, @CP_Phaedra 5:34 p.m. EDT August 22, 2016

CAMDEN - She’s the Billy Beane of the Camden County Police Department.

Kerry Hayes, like the Oakland A’s general manager depicted in the 2003 book and 2011 film “Moneyball,” works with a small staff using data to help ensure the best outcome for her team. Only for her, that best outcome isn’t winning baseball games; it’s staying one step ahead of crime in a city where public safety is more than an abstraction — it’s sometimes a matter of life and death.

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Kerry Hayes heads the Strategic Analysis Unit at the Camden County Police Department. (Photo: Jose F. Moreno/Staff Photographer)
Hayes heads up the CCPD’s Strategic Analysis Unit, providing stats and finding patterns, analyzing trends and tracking criminals’ movements. The information she and her team provide helps the department’s leadership deploy its officers in the most effective way. It helps detectives narrow their search for suspects. And it’s an essential tool for preventing crime before it happens, says Capt. Gregory Carlin.

“Before she was here, we had uniformed police doing this kind of analysis — police who weren’t specifically trained to do it,” Carlin said. “We didn’t realize just what it was we were lacking.”

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Hayes came to the department after its formation in 2013. The previous year had seen mass layoffs and the eventual dissolution of the city-run department, and a subsequent spike in crime, particularly homicides. The unit, county officials said, is unique in South Jersey.

A graduate of St. Joseph’s University, Hayes worked at two of the nation’s busiest police departments before coming to South Jersey, with stints in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. She laughs when Carlin points out she originally came from a village: the village of Fredonia, near Lake Erie in New York.

Walking in as a numbers-crunching civilian to a department that was launching as a mix of new recruits and experienced veterans of the old city force, Hayes encountered a bit of good-natured resistance, Carlin admitted.

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The Camden County Police's Tactical Operations Center offers real-time information to commanders and officers on the street. (Photo: Jose F. Moreno/Staff Photographer)
“There was culture we had to change,” he said. “It wasn’t easy at first to get some of our really seasoned detectives to work with civilians.

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“Kerry has added to our institutional knowledge and what her team does makes us better prepared to make intelligent decisions. We still do the traditional police work — knocking on doors, working leads, talking to people — but now we’re more prepared.”

“It’s a lot of trying to connect the dots,” Hayes explained. “We’ll look at the data, compare it with different individuals the officers might come into contact with, or check it against those who’ve been involved in homicides or shootings, look at clusters of activity or different hotspots.”

Hayes and her staff are civilians who do work that once kept a uniformed officer off the streets. They work closely with the Tactical Operation Information Center, where real-time information is relayed via the city’s Eye in the Sky cameras, its ShotSpotter sensors (which detect gunfire) and officers out on patrol.

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“We have a finite amount of resources,” Carlin said. “We need to be able to use our people to our best advantage.” All the technology is a “force multiplier,” not only enabling officers to cover a wider area, but also helping to pinpoint where they’re needed, through GPS tracking of gunshots, surveillance of high-traffic areas and more.

“It gets more guns and badges on the streets.”

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Woman charged with strangling stepdaughter to death

Woman charged with strangling stepdaughter to death | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The Queens woman who was arrested for murdering her 9-year-old stepdaughter allegedly strangled the girl with her bare hands, it was revealed Sunday.

Shamdai Arjun, 55, was charged with murder at Queens Criminal Court for the death of Ashdeep Kaur, whose bruised and lifeless body was found lying in an empty bathtub Friday.

“This defendant repeatedly and on numerous occasions threatened to kill the victim,” Assistant District Attorney Michael Curtis said.

“On Friday she made good on that threat.”

Arjun allegedly killed her stepdaughter by “manual strangulation” on Friday, then calmly left their apartment for a doctor’s appointment.

She eventually fled to her ex-husband’s home. The girl’s body was discovered several hours later.

The stepmom was held without bail and will return to court in September. She faces up to life in prison if convicted.

Meanwhile, the woman’s ex-husband, 65-year-old Raymond Narayan, was also arrested for refusing to allow police into his home to arrest the stepmom.

The Queens District Attorney’s Office said Sunday that Narayan was charged with obstructing governmental administration.
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Final Defendant in RICO Indictment Targeting East Coast Crips Street Gang Pleads Guilty to Federal RICO and Narcotics Offenses

Final Defendant in RICO Indictment Targeting East Coast Crips Street Gang Pleads Guilty to Federal RICO and Narcotics Offenses | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
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10 Things You Should Know About Welfare Reform, 20 Years Later — The Shriver Brief

10 Things You Should Know About Welfare Reform, 20 Years Later — The Shriver Brief | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Twenty years ago this month, the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 made significant changes to the program that provides cash grants to low-income families to help them meet basic needs. But how much do you really know about welfare reform? And how effective have the reforms enacted 20 years ago been in helping people escape poverty?
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