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California Man Attempts to Snatch Purse While Dressed as Spiderman

California Man Attempts to Snatch Purse While Dressed as Spiderman | Criminology and Economic Theory |
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biggamevince's comment, December 12, 2012 9:02 PM
A 22-year-old California man was arrested for attempting to snatch a woman's purse while "disguised" as Spiderman. The woman had just parked her car and noticed the man staring at her. He then ordered her to hand over her purse. The woman ran away screaming for help when she saw what she thought to be a gun, but turned out to be a metal pipe. Police later apprehended him. From the photo it looks like this person has a psychological issue. The article does not give enough information of the motive. It seems like this case is just another idiot trying to see if he can get away with a crime and thinks that a Spiderman disguise would aid his escape. He was charged with attempted robbery.
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Philippine hitman says tired of running, ready to die

Philippine hitman says tired of running, ready to die | Criminology and Economic Theory |
A self-confessed Philippine hitman who testified that President Rodrigo Duterte had personally issued assassination orders while a city mayor said on Friday he was sorry for the dozens of people he had killed and was ready die for his sins.
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Blood donors in Sweden get a text each time they save someone's life

Blood donors in Sweden get a text each time they save someone's life | Criminology and Economic Theory |
With blood donation rates in decline all over the developed world, Sweden’s blood service is enlisting new technology to help push back against shortages.
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Howard Cameron's comment, September 29, 10:09 PM
I just gave blood today. I will receive a letter or email in a few weeks that tell me where my blood was sent and what it was used for. The decline could be because we or a family member has not needed blood and people don't understand the important of it blood donations. The bigger concern is are people just about themselves and don't look at how they can help others. We are seeing a decline in national fraternal organizations membership in groups such as The Moose and The Elks. We are more worried about ourselves and not willing to help others.
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Conflict Resolution Skills/Alternatives to Violence - FAIRBANKS

Conflict Resolution Skills/Alternatives to Violence - FAIRBANKS | Criminology and Economic Theory |
Basic Workshop: This 18-hour workshop presents conflict resolution skills through experiential learning exercises and practice with the goal of helping Direct Service providers and community members think about and make choices to reduce conflicts in work and everyday settings. The Basic workshop is required before participation in the Advanced workshop. Participants are expected to attend all three days of the workshop.

Date: October 7 - October 9, 2016
Friday, Oct 7      5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday, Oct 8  9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday, Oct 9    9:00 am - 5:00 pm   

Location: AKTC Fairbanks Office
701 Bidwill Avenue, Suite 300
Fairbanks, AK 99701

Cost: $65
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Adulterers beware

Adulterers beware | Criminology and Economic Theory |
FOR decades Malaysia’s Islamist opposition party, PAS, has been agitating for the adoption of bloodthirsty Islamic punishments, such as amputations and stonings. It had seemed a forlorn quest. Malaysia is a multi-religious, multi-ethnic country, with Muslims (most of them ethnic Malays) accounting for only 60% or so of the population. The Indian and Chinese minorities and indigenous people from the Malaysian part of Borneo are largely Buddhist, Christian and Hindu. The governing coalition includes parties representing each group. Successive governments, with the backing of Malaysia’s moderate Muslims, have shrugged off PAS’s demands.

Malaysia’s current government, alas, is unlike its predecessors. It lost the popular vote at the most recent election, remaining in power thanks only to assiduous gerrymandering. Since then news has emerged of the looting of hundreds of millions of dollars from a state development agency. Officials in America have indirectly accused Najib Razak (pictured), the prime minister, of pocketing some of the missing money, along with his stepson and others. Mr Najib acknowledges that $681m showed up in his personal bank accounts, but says the money was a legal donation, most of which was returned.
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Daughter of British Peer Shot Dead in Filipino War on Drugs

Daughter of British Peer Shot Dead in Filipino War on Drugs | Criminology and Economic Theory |
The daughter of one of Britain’s most notorious aristocrats, Tony, the 3rd Lord Moynihan, has been found shot dead on a Philippines street, making her one of the most high-profile victims of President Rodrigo Duterte’s extra-judicial war on drugs which has now seen up to 2,000 alleged dealers and users assassinated.
Aurora Moynihan’s body was found dumped in a Manila street last weekend, with a hand-written cardboard sign on which were scrawled the words, “drug pusher to the celebrities you are next,” in the local language. CCTV footage released by police shows the moments before she was shot as she got out of her Toyota SUV at the corner of Temple Drive and Giraffe Street in Barangay Ugong Norte.
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State police chief found stabbed to death in Acapulco home

State police chief found stabbed to death in Acapulco home | Criminology and Economic Theory |
Authorities in the southern Mexico state of Guerrero say the head of the state police has been stabbed to death.

The state public safety department said state police director Tomas Hernandez Martínez was found dead Monday in his home in the resort city of Acapulco.

Acapulco has been hit by a wave of drug gang violence.

In another part of Guerrero, the state prosecutor's office said members of a drug cartel had freed six employees of a gold and silver mining plant who were kidnapped. The six employees had spent several days captive in the hills before they were let go over the weekend. It was unclear whether any ransom was paid.

Prosecutors did not say which drug cartel was involved, but several operate in the mountains of Guerrero.
Howard Cameron's comment, September 26, 5:54 PM
The war on drugs is continuing to go badly in Mexico. The corruption with police and politicians and drug cartels shows that for money you can be bought. Those that fight it put there life on the line. What is the answer? i don't know. Obviously there is BIG money to be made selling drugs to US citizens. I think the US has an obligation to work with Mexico to curtail drug traffic. Mexico for there part needs to be serious about fighting corruption. Is there respect for the police? I don't see it as a unknown number are corrupt. If the politicians and police are corrupt what must the citizens do? The police appear tough during the day but at night they are in bed with the drug cartels. I want to say some police are bad because there good police trying their best to fight the cartels.
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Murder in Atlanta: race and crime in a criminal time

Murder in Atlanta: race and crime in a criminal time | Criminology and Economic Theory |
THOMAS MULLEN’S “Darktown” is set in 1948: a year almost equidistant between the end of slavery and today. The place is Atlanta, where race relations are appalling—that is, except in comparison with the rest of the South. Two of the novel’s heroes are Lucius Boggs and Tommy Smith, black police officers acutely aware that, for all the injustices they suffer and witness in the city, things used to be worse, and, a short drive into the sticks from Georgia’s capital, still are. Out there, black folk are killed without comeback or compunction, sometimes by the police themselves.

Boggs and Smith are among the first black cops recruited to the Atlanta force: fictional members of an eight-strong, real-life cohort that epitomised the halting, calculating accommodation of civil rights by Atlanta’s white elite. In this case the wily, mood-surfing mayor, Bill Hartsfield—namechecked in the novel alongside several other historical figures—traded black votes for those eight police uniforms. They did not, however, come with the right to drive squad cars, arrest white suspects, conduct investigations or set foot in the main police HQ. Boggs and Smith, like their historical antecedents, may only patrol black neighbourhoods, while some of their white counterparts look for opportunities, real or confected, to discredit or otherwise dispose of them. They are at once ambassadors for progress and witnesses to its limitations.

Another of the powers Boggs and Smith lack, in Mr Mullen’s story, is the ability to curtail the police department’s corruption and racially motivated frame-ups. When they try to intervene, they are as likely to exacerbate the plight of black people as to alleviate it. They “could offer them nothing: not protection, not justice. The only thing they might possibly offer was the remote chance of a future in which such events would not recur, though this, too, seems so unlikely as to be absurd.” For Mr Mullen’s readers, that fragile hope in a better future is a question: just as the pair attests to how far Atlanta, and America, had and hadn’t come by 1948, so—through the inevitable comparison with policing and society in 2016—they indicate how far there is still to go. In the story, though, their worst fears about their counterproductive impotence are confirmed.
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First child dies by legal euthanasia in Belgium

First child dies by legal euthanasia in Belgium | Criminology and Economic Theory |
A terminally ill minor has been helped to die in Belgium for the first time since the country did away with age restrictions on euthanasia two years ago, according to the senator who wrote the law.

Liberal Senator Jean-Jacques De Gucht confirmed the death of the sick juvenile to The Associated Press Saturday.

He said the minor was from Belgium’s Flemish region, but declined to provide any further details about the patient to protect the privacy of the grieving family.

Belgium is the only country that allows minors of any age assistance in dying, De Gucht said. In Holland, the lower age limit for euthanasia is 12 years.
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Yeah, no kidding. Somewhere I have an article about an 18 year old who flew over to Switzerland just after the law took effect. He signed in, was counseled, and then walked behind the curtain never to be seen again. He wasn't ill, he just wanted to die. It was so sad.
Orion Hutchin's comment, September 19, 10:50 PM
There are of course risks that are associated with having the option for people to take their own life. The screening process will be key. In this article it seems Belgium has a reasonable process.
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I think it's great that Belgium has no age restrictions on euthanasia.  I'm sure minors need parental consent, but it is still a good choice overall.  No one should have to suffer if he or she doesn't want to.
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New Water Bill Passes Senate, Can Provide $270M to Lead-Affected Communities

New Water Bill Passes Senate, Can Provide $270M to Lead-Affected Communities | Criminology and Economic Theory |
Funding for Flint would begin immediately upon House approval.
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The unspeakable torture happening in Chinese prisons

The unspeakable torture happening in Chinese prisons | Criminology and Economic Theory |
Jintao Liu’s body shuddered in pain as he endured yet another day of extreme torture.

He had woken to pins being pushed into his nails before he was forced to stand still in a yard for some 18 hours. If he moved, he was beaten viciously and within an inch of his life.

Each excruciating second of the grueling punishment caused his legs to swell as his body threatened to buckle under the pressure. He was given “no toilet breaks” and shown no mercy. Time had become his enemy — but not his worst.
Julia Fisher-Salmon's comment, September 16, 7:05 PM
From reading this you can see how truly taken for granted our U.S. Constitution is, that would never occur in America. The treatment of the prisoners is a crime in itself, the guards would be executed or imprisoned for life if that ever occurred here. That was the most awful article I have ever read, it opened my eyes up to the true oppression some people go through. It also kind of opened my eyes to when you travel, that you need to be aware of the kind of Justice System you're about to enter. I'm sure they wouldn't care if you were American, you're in their country and you should obey their laws. Even if you aren't fully aware of what they strictly enforce. This is a scary article and reality for those people.
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Swedish Court Says Arrest Warrant For Julian Assange Still Stands

Swedish Court Says Arrest Warrant For Julian Assange Still Stands | Criminology and Economic Theory |
The arrest warrant issued six years ago for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been upheld once again. On Friday, a Swedish appeals court dismissed Assange's latest challenge to the detention order against him.

The arrest warrant is related to allegations of sexual assault from 2010.

Julian Assange Says Lengthy Embassy Stay Has Sharpened His Perspective On The World
Assange, who has avoided extradition to Sweden by living at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, has said for years that he fears being sent to Sweden would put him at risk of then being extradited to the U.S. If sent to the U.S., he believes he could face espionage charges related to the release of classified materials on WikiLeaks.

Swedish Appeals Court Upholds Detention Order For Julian Assange Nov. 20, 2014
Assange has challenged the Swedish arrest warrant multiple times.
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Britain’s one-party state

Britain’s one-party state | Criminology and Economic Theory |
In many democracies, parties come and go; there would be little to mourn if Labour were to wither and be replaced by others more in tune with voters. Under a proportional electoral system, Labour might shed seats to the leftish Liberal Democrats and the populist UK Independence Party. Moderate Labour MPs might even break away to form a rival outfit. Yet Britain’s first-past-the-post system makes it fiendishly hard for small parties to make headway. Labour’s crisis will therefore probably translate not into the birth of a bold new opposition movement but simply a Conservative landslide. Until Labour comes to its senses, those who oppose the government—particularly centrists and the 48% who voted to stay in the EU—will be poorly represented. Disaffection with the political process will fester. The witless Mr Corbyn was at least right when he promised his followers a “new kind of politics”. But a one-party state was probably not what they had in mind.
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Breaking up in Baghdad

Breaking up in Baghdad | Criminology and Economic Theory |

BETWEEN 2004 and 2014 there was one divorce for every five Iraqi marriages. This is low by Western standards, but many Iraqis call it a crisis. Cases have been growing steadily since the compilation of proper statistics began in the year after the country’s invasion by American-led forces and the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. The number of divorces exceeded 4,000 in both June and July this year—almost double the monthly average in 2004, according to the government. “The judiciary is working hard in order to prevent the occurrence of divorce cases because of its negative effects on society,” said Saad al-Ibrahimi, a judge.

Some blame the spread of a stricter Islam over the past decade. Sex outside marriage has become even more taboo than it was. So more people are getting married simply in order to have sex. Under Muslim law, such quickie marriages can easily be dissolved. (Though many will not have been recorded in the first place, muddying the data.) More recently, the rise of Islamic State has deepened sectarian divisions, which may have led to the break-up of some of the country’s many Sunni-Shia marriages. Poverty, too, plays a role. “A large number of divorces these days are men dropping their wives because they are not in a financial position to bear the burden of looking after a family,” Bassam al Darraji, a Baghdad-based sociologist, told a Gulf newspaper. The official poverty rate in Iraq this year is more than 30%, up from 19% at the end of 2013.

Another factor, some sociologists argue, is Turkish soap operas, which are very popular and often depict men treating their wives romantically. They also portray women who dump bad husbands positively, not as wicked harlots. All this may be giving Iraqi women ideas. Two-thirds of divorces are initiated by women.

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Julia Fisher-Salmon's comment, September 15, 8:14 PM
In all religions no matter how strict it's believers enforce it, we live in a modern time where women are afforded rights just as men are and divorce is among those rights. I know that in Islam women are held in regard among society by their purity and their stance in their marriage, whether they are the first wife etc., It will become harder to get as many women to practice the sex before marriage belief as women become educated in their nation and form their own beliefs and morals. Of course there are still many faithful women who hold the beliefs above all, but does that override natural instincts? I think it would if they live in an especially religious and oppressive state where they enforce religious beliefs harshly among women. The divorce increase could result from watching television shows, especially if they started watching television at a young age. Research shows that television is a very persuasive factor in impressionable minds. It could be used as an educational tool, but from America's very entertainment based television, I think that that has become the norm.
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Britain's top police officer to step down next year

Britain's top police officer to step down next year | Criminology and Economic Theory |
Britain's most senior police officer Bernard Hogan-Howe, who oversaw policing at the 2012 Olympic Games and London's efforts to tackle extremism, will retire in 2017 after five years, the Metropolitan police said on Thursday.
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Drug War Statistics | Marijuana Statistics | Mexico Drug War Deaths | Drug Policy Alliance

Drug War Statistics | Marijuana Statistics | Mexico Drug War Deaths | Drug Policy Alliance | Criminology and Economic Theory |
Amount spent annually in the U.S. on the war on drugs: More than $51,000,000,000
Number of arrests in 2014 in the U.S. for drug law violations: 1,561,231
Number of these arrests that were for possession only: 1,297,384 (83 percent)
Number of arrests in 2014 in the U.S. for marijuana law violations: 700,993
Number of these arrests that were for possession only: 619,809 (88 percent)
Number of Americans incarcerated in 2014 in federal, state and local prisons and jails: 2,224,400 or 1 in every 111 adults, the highest incarceration rate in the world
Proportion of people incarcerated for a drug offense in state prison who are black or Latino, although these groups use and sell drugs at similar rates as whites: 57 percent
Number of states that allow the medical use of marijuana: 25 + District of Columbia
Number of states that have approved legally taxing and regulating marijuana: 4 (Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington)
Number of states that have decriminalized marijuana by eliminating criminal penalties for simple possession of small amounts for personal use: 20
Estimated annual revenue that California would raise if it taxed and regulated the sale of marijuana: $1,400,000,000
Number of people killed in Mexico's drug war since 2006: 100,000+
Number of students who have lost federal financial aid eligibility because of a drug conviction: 200,000+
Number of people in the U.S. who died from a drug overdose in 2014: 47,055
Tax revenue that drug legalization would yield annually, if currently-illegal drugs were taxed at rates comparable to those on alcohol and tobacco: $46.7 billion
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FBI data: Violent crime up in 2015 vs 2014

FBI data: Violent crime up in 2015 vs 2014 | Criminology and Economic Theory |
Last year saw an increase in violent crime -- including murder -- compared to 2014, according to new data released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Monday.
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Washington mall shooting: Suspect in custody

Washington mall shooting: Suspect in custody | Criminology and Economic Theory |
A suspect in the Washington mall shooting is in custody, the Washington State Patrol said a day after five people were killed at Cascade Mall in Burlington.
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'It's Transformative': Māori Women Talk About Their Sacred Chin Tattoos | Broadly

When a woman is ready to receive her moko kauae, there is an internal calling, Pip says. "It's definitely them representing their culture and making a commitment to it, and having a closer connection to their ancestors. There are people who might look at it with one eyebrow up, not understanding it, but I think that is something these wahine [women] are ready for—to feel confident within themselves. I can't wait to get mine."
Anna Gabriel's comment, September 22, 6:39 PM
This is a great article, and shows to different norms for varying culture. Maori women were suppressed, and taught to fit in, meaning they were not able to embrace their ancestral routes. Chin tattoos are now being embraced again. I find it very interesting how this will become normal for maori women, and New Zealanders. however if these women were to be placed in another region, this would not be considered a norm. When people in the US have face tattoos, it is usually seen as an indicator for deviancy. As a probation officer, I see many people come in and out of my office who have facial tattoos, and as much as we try not to profile, it is often an indicator of a criminal record. This is a great example of the many different culture norms, and values that exist in our world today. I really enjoyed reading the spiritual occurrence that occur for these women while they are receiving these tattoos, often in traditional form. This is a great example of Maori women's "good life."
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German politics is turning into a six-party system

German politics is turning into a six-party system | Criminology and Economic Theory |
THE big story of recent elections in German states has been the rise of the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD), on the far right of the political spectrum. The vote for Berlin’s assembly on September 18th was no exception: the AfD did well again, capturing 14.2% of the vote. It will enter the Berlin parliament for the first time, and is on track to win seats in the Bundestag in next year’s federal election.

But perhaps the bigger change is more subtle: Germany is witnessing the end of an era in which two big-tent parties dominated the political spectrum, one on the centre-right and the other on the centre-left. Henceforth Germany will have a six-party system that will see varying and colourful coalitions. And though progressively weakened by the backlash against her welcoming stance towards refugees, Angela Merkel, the chancellor, remains Germany’s dominant political force.
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Tiziana Cantone's family calls for justice after suicide over sex tape

Tiziana Cantone's family calls for justice after suicide over sex tape | Criminology and Economic Theory |
The family of Tiziana Cantone, an Italian woman who committed suicide after sexually explicit videos of her went viral on the Internet, has urged the Italian authorities "to act so that her death was not in vain."

The 31-year-old was found hanged Tuesday at her aunt's home in Mugnano, near Naples, in the south of the country, according to media reports.
Four people are under investigation by criminal prosecutors over alleged defamation of the woman, Italian state media ANSA reported.

Online bullying ends in suicide 03:46
Cantone sent the video to friends, who published it online without her knowledge, ANSA said. More than a million people watched it, and she became the target of abuse.
Orion Hutchin's comment, September 19, 10:46 PM
I was surprised to read that the government officials response was there is nothing they can do. I think the U.S. has started to work on expanding legislation for revenge porn. I believe California has been working to provide victims of this type of embarrassment avenues to have the media removed from the internet. In addition there is legislation to be able to hold those who post the media accountable. Sad story for this young woman.
Anna Gabriel's comment, September 22, 7:26 PM
There are more and more of these cases popping up, as social media and the internet because increasingly our primary source for communication, entertainment, and overtaking our daily lives. I read an article that stated that some schools were going to include online appropriateness and online bullying as a part of health class curriculum. I think this is necessary, at first I read that this was going to be integrated into high school health classes, however I think it should be implemented for younger aged kids as well. Every kid now has a smart phone, and a majority are on social media. Due to the inability to fully monitor what kids are posting on social media, and their conduct on the internet, it is hard to be sure they are not participating in bullying online, or being bullied online. Even as a grown adult, I see my fellow peers posting things that I don't necessarily feel are appropriate for them to share on the internet, or commenting negatively on other people's social media postings. If as adults we cannot behave appropriately on the internet, how do we expect youth to do so. I also feel that this ties into cultural norms, and generational norms, what may be appropriate or entertaining for one group of people, may be harmful or inappropriate to another group. It is a very difficult topic, and it appears that social media is not going to go away, therefore proper conduct needs to be taught.
Howard Cameron's comment, September 26, 11:06 PM
This is a sad story. I have reminded my daughter that whatever you send to someone or post on the internet never goes away. What I don't know is what is the law on bullying in Italy on the internet or for that matter the law in the US.That then raises the issues what can we do about all types of bullying. I think bullying is a gray area in the law for prosecuting it.. I think we need to make everyone aware of bullying via public announcements, tv and radio, educate parents as to what it is and what they can do and finally educate victims what they can do and that they must report it and not ignore it. We need to educate parents of people who bully what they must do to stop it. The affects of bullying are very seldom this serious but there are consequences for the victim that can last a lifetime. Bullying is not a game, it is where people get hurt.
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The Largest Prison Strike in U.S. History Enters Its Second Week

The Largest Prison Strike in U.S. History Enters Its Second Week | Criminology and Economic Theory |
THE LARGEST PRISON strike in U.S. history has been going on for nearly a week, but there’s a good chance you haven’t heard about it. For months, inmates at dozens of prisons across the country have been organizing through a network of smuggled cellphones, social media pages, and the support of allies on the outside. The effort culminated in a mass refusal to report to prison jobs on September 9, the anniversary of the 1971 Attica prison uprising.

“This is a call to action against slavery in America,” organizers wrote in an announcement that for weeks circulated inside and outside prisons nationwide, and that sums up the strikers’ primary demand: an end to free prison labor. “Forty-five years after Attica, the waves of change are returning to America’s prisons. This September we hope to coordinate and generalize these protests, to build them into a single tidal shift that the American prison system cannot ignore or withstand.”
Orion Hutchin's comment, September 19, 10:24 PM
The prison population is definitely an issue in America. We can argue on who belongs there and who does not. Many of the people in prison made choices that landed them in prison. I do not feel it is slave labor to expect them to take care of general maintenance at the prison. In comparison students in Japan do much of the cleaning and general maintenance Prisoners in the U.S. receive health care and all other necessities of life. That is not free. Tax payers cover that cost. On average a prisoner costs a 150 dollars a day. I think expecting them to help take care of the prisons is a reasonable expectation. Private prisons definitely are a profit driving enterprise, but even state prisons have inmates do work.
Anna Gabriel's comment, September 22, 12:04 PM
I am curious how inmates from all of these facilities were able to arrange a strike all to occur on the same day? This is very powerful that they were able to do so, and although not fully effective, in this sense, it is a great accomplishment. For corrections I can see how this can be very terrifying however. Although it appears none of these strikes were violent, it shows that organization is highly probable for inmates, which can lead to further more aggressive behaviors. There are obviously far more inmates in an institution than paid employees, meaning if organization were possible, inmates could easily take over the institution. I imagine although I am not saying it is appropriate, that as a result punitive action for inmates will occur. Organization in a group is a write up in many facilities, and depending to the extent of the behavior or the institutions policies, this can lead to segregation time, or more commonly referred to as the "shoe." This is very difficult, because although I do think that prisons are not always ran efficiently and there is much improvement that can be made for inmates rights and rehabilitation, as a DOC employee I do see why things are ran the way that they are. I think an entire justice system change would need to occur in order to fully improve prison life for both inmates and employees.
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Bookstore-Themed Tokyo Hotel Has 1,700 Books And Sleeping Shelves Next To Them

Bookstore-Themed Tokyo Hotel Has 1,700 Books And Sleeping Shelves Next To Them | Criminology and Economic Theory |
Some people love books, while other get put to sleep by them. Book and Bed Tokyo, a bookstore-themed hotel located on the seventh floor of a high-rise in
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Jay Z: ‘The War on Drugs Is an Epic Fail’

Jay Z: ‘The War on Drugs Is an Epic Fail’ | Criminology and Economic Theory |
Why are white men poised to get rich doing the same thing African-Americans have been going to prison for?
Orion Hutchin's comment, September 19, 11:17 PM
Does the U.S. have the capacity to abandon the war on drugs? I do not think we have a lot to loose if we make significant adjustments for managing drugs in the U.S. The biggest issue for abandoning the war on drugs is those who profit from continuing the war on drugs.
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Court approves U.S. request to extradite Briton suspected of hacking FBI, Fed

Court approves U.S. request to extradite Briton suspected of hacking FBI, Fed | Criminology and Economic Theory |
A court in London on Friday approved the extradition of a British man to the United States to face trial for hacking high-security state computers, despite warnings he might kill himself if sent to a U.S. jail.

Lauri Love, 32, who has Asperger's syndrome, faces a lifetime in prison in the United States if found guilty of involvement in a series of hacks in 2012 and 2013 into computers at agencies including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the U.S. army, the Missile Defense Agency and the Federal Reserve.
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Portugal’s Example: What Happened After It Decriminalized All Drugs, From Weed to Heroin | VICE News

Goulão himself is skeptical of some aspects of marijuana reform in places like the United States, which he says can conflate medical use with recreational markets. "Sometimes I feel the promoters of this discussion are mixing things together using a lack of intellectual seriousness," he said.

Though heroin use is often highlighted to show the efficacy of Portugal's model, today most users that come before panels are in fact caught with either hashish or cannabis, said Nuno Capaz, a sociologist who serves on Lisbon's dissuasion panel. Between 80 to 85 percent of all people who report to the panels are first-time offenders and deemed to be recreational users, meaning their cases are suspended.

For those who have been repeatedly caught or are identified as addicts, the panels can order sanctions or treatment. Recreational users may face fines or be ordered to provide community service. If an addict refuses treatment, they are required to check in regularly with their "family doctor" — the medical professional in the person's locality that provides checkups and other services to them under Portugal's free national healthcare program. Such a close, pre-existing relationship between medical professionals and Portuguese residents is another feature of the model, and one that could be hard to replicate in a country like the US.
Julia Fisher-Salmon's comment, September 16, 7:33 PM
Something that concerns me about this model is how does it affect the work place and the universities? I know he said that the use has actually gone down and that most users are seeking help through rehabilitation programs. Do users who work have specific limitations on their use at work? Can they even use at work. The part about how it changes the fieldwork of police and medicine practitioners was unprecedented thought to me. New concepts such as legalizing ALL narcotics has never even occurred to me. Do they care about illegal importation of drugs? Such as whats happening now in America at the border with Mexico. There are a lot of little factors to consider when making these kinds of decisions.
Catherine Ledger's comment, September 17, 9:19 PM
I am wondering how a person can be productive and be high? Portugal's banking system is fragile. Portugal's socialist government manages to find a way to carry out the cash injection without breaking EU rules surrounding state aid and injections of funds, the consequences for Portugal's already shaky economy could be dire. One has to wonder if the decriminalization of drugs has anything to do with the countries failing economy or the socialists minset is the reason for the failing economy or both?
Linnea Deisher's curator insight, September 21, 5:22 AM
This was a really interesting article.  I wonder how drug decriminalization would go down in America.  I feel that at first there would be a lot of overdoses, but after the glamor of it went away, I think we would be in a place similar to Portugal's.  However, I highly doubt a full drug decriminalization act will ever happen.