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Wendy Machanik's fine proves white collar crime pays: DA - Times LIVE

Wendy Machanik's fine proves white collar crime pays: DA - Times LIVE | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Former estate agent Wendy Machanik's fine of R1.5 million, for the theft of R27 million, proved white-collar crime paid, the DA said on Tuesday.
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What are British values? - The Guardian

What are British values? - The Guardian | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Open thread: Historian David Starkey has said British values include “drunkenness and self-loathing”. We want your view

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Today in history: Physiognomy and advice for men who wish to "take a wife"

Today in history: Physiognomy and advice for men who wish to "take a wife" | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it

From Vaught’s Practical Character Reader, published in 1902 and revised in 1907, by Emily H. Vaught. There are some wonderful illustrations here (thesocietypages.org) from a book published by Emily H Vaught in 1902. It is about using physiognomy to assess the character of others. I particularly l...


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Elizabeth Warren Proposes Replacing Payday Lenders With The Post Office

Elizabeth Warren Proposes Replacing Payday Lenders With The Post Office | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
By offering basic financial services currently provided by predatory lenders, the postal service could save the poor billions and fill its own budget hole.

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Texas Legislature Introduces Bill Allowing Teachers To Shoot Students

Texas Legislature Introduces Bill Allowing Teachers To Shoot Students | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
I predict this will not end well.
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Maybe we should start with a spanking...?

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The size of it

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How the world's population has changedTHE world in 1950 looked very different from how it does now. Europe was home to 22% of the world's 2.5 billion people....
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Suge Knight Kills a Man After Running Him Over With His Car, Turns Himself In: Report

Suge Knight Kills a Man After Running Him Over With His Car, Turns Himself In: Report | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Suge Knight has turned himself in to the police after reportedly killing his friend Terry Carter by running him over, and then fleeing the scene. According to ABC7 Eyewitness News, who tweeted out this picture, Knight arrived at Sheriff's West Hollywood Station in the early hours of Friday, Jan. 30, following the deadly hit and run. James Blatt, representing the former Death Row Records CEO, told reporters earlier that he is confident that once police have finished their investigations, no cha
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Are School Resource Officers Part of the School-to-Prison Pipeline Problem? - US News

Are School Resource Officers Part of the School-to-Prison Pipeline Problem? - US News | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Placing cops in schools needlessly pushes students into the justice system, critics say – unless it's done right.
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Chad Kaestle's comment, January 31, 4:38 PM
With school shootings and other school violence continuing to be a problem, we cannot afford to lose the school resource officer programs where they can be funded, and we should find ways to fund them in places where they currently do not exist. Specialized training in youth education and interaction should be afforded officers assigned to these posts, if not already. As the article points out, it cannot be assumed that an officer can effectively deal with teenagers by virtue of their training to deal with adults in an enforcement capacity. There also needs to be some discretion given to the schools and officers in dealing with offenses. Many things can be turned into a criminal offense, but in that setting, it is far more effective a solution to provide remedial counseling and education on proper behavior in many situations.
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This Man Thinks He Was Just In A 10-Year Coma. The Truth? What A Powerful Lesson

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

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

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

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

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

The economics of optimism | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
“THE lives of people in poor countries will improve faster in the next 15 years than at any other time in history. And their lives will improve more than anyone...
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Black teens who commit a few crimes go to jail as often as white teens who commit dozens

Black teens who commit a few crimes go to jail as often as white teens who commit dozens | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
How the rise in juvenile detention disproportionately affected black teens.

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DERRICK NELSON's comment, Today, 4:07 AM
This is an age old problem touches the heart of inequality within our justice system. The juvenile system seem to have lost its way in the philosophical approach of rehabilitative services towards a certain segment of race.
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Prisons reach court-ordered inmate levels a year ahead of schedule

Prisons reach court-ordered inmate levels a year ahead of schedule | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
California’s prison population has hit the court-ordered benchmark of 137.5 percent of capacity, more than one year before the deadline. Although the population inside the state’s 34 adult prisons fluctuates, the development is seen as a sign that the state is making steady progress toward cutting inmate populations.
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DERRICK NELSON's comment, Today, 4:21 AM
Finally, an initiative that worked in improving the jail population by decreasing inmate numbers. Proposition 47 impact the community of California by causing the releasing of incarcerated family members back into the population and hopefully be productive members of society.
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A Federal Court Considers Whether We Have a Right to Tell the Truth

A Federal Court Considers Whether We Have a Right to Tell the Truth | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
First Amendment cases often deal with the fringes of free speech, forcing courts to scrutinize expression that might, on first glance, seem pretty worthless. In the last few years, the Supreme Court has constructed constitutional protections for dogfighting videos, funeral protests, violent video games, and outright lies. This month, however,...
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Chad Kaestle's comment, January 31, 4:24 PM
I agree with this line of thinking. If something is proven to be untrue but still is available out there in uncorrected form, it can negatively impact someone's reputation. The press outlets often like to be the first to get the story and put out raw information, and later, when it may no longer be newsworthy, or a correction is in order, they are not always as quick to do so (though some are). I think the California law allowing people to restrict what they wrote prior to turning 18 is good in that, if they said something that could be negatively-construed, it should not necessarily be held against them by an future employer due to their age and inexperience at the time.
DERRICK NELSON's comment, Today, 4:58 AM
The 1st amendment is a very powerful and controversial issue. It can make things complicated in the realm of what can and should be said. I agree with the article that people should have the right to delete anything on search engines that was published turning out to be false pretenses. This same principle can and should be applied to news presses that released a story prematurely. Another segment should be written debunking the previous one if the subject records became expunged.
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Why Africans Can Sue the American Behind Uganda’s Anti-Gay Law in U.S. Federal Court

Why Africans Can Sue the American Behind Uganda’s Anti-Gay Law in U.S. Federal Court | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Anti-gay pastor Scott Lively will stand trial in federal court for crimes against humanity. He has tried for months to have the case dismissed on First Amendment grounds, but the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston has denied his last petition for dismissal. He’s going to court.   Lively, who lives in...
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This Tree Beautifully Reveals The Relationships Between Languages

This Tree Beautifully Reveals The Relationships Between Languages | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The tree of languages.
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Are Felon Disenfranchisement Laws a Form of Racial Discrimination? - Felon Voting - ProCon.org

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

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diane gusa's curator insight, January 30, 6:42 PM

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

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

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Why keeping young offenders out of jail could reduce crime

Juvenile offenders kept under supervision close to home, rather than in secure, state-run facilities, are significantly less likely to be arrested again or commit more serious crimes, according to a new study. Judy Woodruff discusses the findings with Xavier McElrath-Bey of the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth and Michael Thompson of the Council of State Governments Justice Center. Continue reading →
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Chad Kaestle's comment, January 31, 4:55 PM
I can see how this could be the case with all the negative influences that a youthful offender would be exposed to in a custodial setting. It starts the revolving door of the criminal justice system for them that much earlier by putting them in a situation with another negative influence added to likely many others they have in their life. It would be preferable at that stage, if at all possible, to use alternative approaches for discipline and rehabilitation, such as required community service, a period of supervision and group/individual counseling.
Gaynor Johansen's comment, Today, 2:59 AM
I took the juvenile delinquency class and with what I learned from that class I would defiantly say that keeping youth out of detention would reduce crime. Very serious crimes like rape, murder, or violent assaults need to be treated differently but detention for minor crimes will more likely make it worse for the juvenile. I think there is some validity to the labeling theory because for youth (and adults) if they serve time for something minor it might damage their chances in the real world by labeling them criminals so that they might not have anything else to turn to.
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Person of interest ID’d in San Francisco body parts case

Person of interest ID’d in San Francisco body parts case | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
San Francisco police have identified a “person of interest,” but no one has been arrested in connection with the gruesome discovery of a suitcase full of body parts Wednesday in the city’s South of Market area, authorities said Thursday. Investigators pinpointed the potential suspect late Wednesday, but police could release additional details about the ongoing investigation, San Francisco police spokeswoman Grace Gatpandan said. The gristly discovery happened around 4:15 p.m. when someone flag
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John Oulton's comment, January 29, 10:13 PM
Why would the killer leave the suitcase in broad daylight? I also noticed that the media uses photos that are taken during the night rather than the day.
Andrew Helzer's comment, January 30, 8:13 PM
I agree with you on this. However, in any crime that is committed, what the offender does only needs to make sense him or her
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Friendship 9: Famed South Carolina civil rights protesters have convictions erased

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

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

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

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