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Brothel owner who employs 80 prostitute wins election as county commissioner in Nevada... and he's a Republican

Brothel owner who employs 80 prostitute wins election as county commissioner in Nevada... and he's a Republican | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Lance Gilman, 68, is a married father of four with nine grandchildren. He also runs two brothels in Storey County, Nevada, including the infamous Mustang Ranch.
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Glendale man admits to supplying drugs to LA gangs under Mexican Mafia ‘peace treaty’

Glendale man admits to supplying drugs to LA gangs under Mexican Mafia ‘peace treaty’ | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
LOS ANGELES >> A gang member who managed a group of three rival street gangs in and around the San Fernando Valley, which officials say were brought together at the behest of the Mexican Mafia, pleaded guilty Monday, while admitting to being a p
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Top Ten Crime Reduction Stratgeies for the 21st Century

Top Ten Crime Reduction Stratgeies for the 21st Century | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
An article on the top ten crime reduction strategies for the 21st Century by Lieutenant Raymond E. Foster, LAPD (ret.).
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These are 10 great strategies for reducing crime in a community that you take over as a new Sheriff, Chief, City Manager, County Administrator, or Mayor.
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Suspected car thief falls off port crane after hours-long standoff with police

Suspected car thief falls off port crane after hours-long standoff with police | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A suspected car thief fell off a shipping crane Wednesday night at the Port of Los Angeles after an hours-long standoff with police, officials said.
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San Diego DA’s Prosecution of Pot Attorney Has Sent Chills Through the Legal Community - Voice of San Diego

San Diego DA’s Prosecution of Pot Attorney Has Sent Chills Through the Legal Community - Voice of San Diego | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Lawyers in San Diego and beyond worry the prosecution of a lawyer who represents a marijuana business could force a central tenet of practicing law – attorney-client privilege – to go up in smoke.
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Judges hear appeal of Fairbanks militia leader's conviction

Judges hear appeal of Fairbanks militia leader's conviction | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
FAIRBANKS—A panel of federal appeals court judges on Wednesday discussed what would happen if they threw out one of the two most serious convictions against former Fairbanks militia leader Schaeffer
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Court Rules That Medical Marijuana Card Holders Can't Buy Firearms

Court Rules That Medical Marijuana Card Holders Can't Buy Firearms | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A court upheld a ban that prevents medical marijuana card holders from purchasing guns.
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Kimber Elena Andruss's comment, August 16, 1:06 AM
The interesting thing about this is how far this particular ruling can reach. Do we venture into prescribed opiates? What about people with epilepsy or other illnesses that result in seizures? And how does this impact family members? If my husband has a medical marijuana card, he can't own a firearm, but can I? I don't have a MMC. As more and more states begin embracing legalized marijuana, our federal standards are going to have to adapt as well.
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Filmmaker Sues L.A. County and State Officials Claiming "False Imprisonment"

Filmmaker Sues L.A. County and State Officials Claiming "False Imprisonment" | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
'Not Forgotten' director Dror Soref — who had been accused of a Ponzi scheme before charges were dropped — filed a $40 million lawsuit claiming his initial $2.7 million bail was the result of bias.
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Skid Row Drug Kingpin, Found With $600,000 in $1 Bills, Is Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison

Skid Row Drug Kingpin, Found With $600,000 in $1 Bills, Is Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A Cerritos man whose Skid Row drug-selling operation with another dealer consisted of $1.6 million in cash and more than 15 pounds of cocaine was sentenced to 11 years in prison on Monday, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said.
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Volkswagen executive pleads guilty in U.S. emissions cheating case

Volkswagen executive pleads guilty in U.S. emissions cheating case | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE) executive Oliver Schmidt pleaded guilty on Friday in U.S. District Court in Detroit in connection with a massive diesel emissions scandal that has cost the German automaker as much as $25 billion.
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Kimber Elena Andruss's comment, August 16, 1:09 AM
This has been a very interesting case to watch, especially for myself, as I actually owned one of the TDI scandal Jettas. I am fascinated by this exec actually going down for the crime, instead of the company essentially absorbing and moving past the scandal. There have been quite a few people involved that have lost their jobs and even faced criminal charges in this entire debacle. What will be interesting to see is how this impacts the rest of the industry, and how future car scandals or cheats are treated.
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Man charged with murdering brother of L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas in 1981

Man charged with murdering brother of L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas in 1981 | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Authorities have arrested and charged a man accused of killing the brother of Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas 36 years ago in South L.A., prosecutors confirmed Wednesday.
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Twin Peaks killing raises questions about algorithm that helped free suspect

Twin Peaks killing raises questions about algorithm that helped free suspect | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A computer program that assigns risk scores to San Francisco criminal defendants is itself under scrutiny after it helped free a 19-year-old man who, just days later, allegedly gunned down a 71-year-old stranger on Twin Peaks.

[...] in the aftermath of the slaying of Edward French, a photographer and film scout who was killed in a robbery, both the district attorney's office and the public defender's office are expressing caution - saying that while use of the tool may need to be studied and refined, one tragedy doesn't necessarily render it broken.

The city, since May 2016, has been experimenting with the algorithm, which was designed by a foundation in Texas fighting for criminal justice reform and seeks to predict whether a defendant awaiting trial can be released safely without reoffending or fleeing.

According to authorities, the new tool recommended that Lamonte Mims, a 19-year-old former resident of Patterson in Stanislaus County, be released through a special pretrial diversion program when he appeared in court July 11 to face charges of being a convicted felon in possession of a gun.

[...] the algorithm determined he was a medium public safety and flight risk, officials said, and recommended he be released on condition that he check in routinely with the pretrial diversion unit.

Some in the city's criminal justice system were shocked to see a defendant in Mims' predicament released, whether or not he received a favorable computer score.

The program's creator, the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, said researchers developed the tool using data from the criminal case histories of more than 1.5 million people, with an eye on how they performed when released.

"Our country's pretrial justice system relies on judges to determine who stays in jail pending trial and who is released," David Hebert, a foundation spokesman, said in a statement.

The defendant in the New Jersey case had a lengthy criminal record, and like Mims, his latest charge was being a felon in possession of a weapon.

According to the lawsuit, New Jersey law enforcement officers had expressed concern that the algorithm undervalued the danger of cases involving guns.

"It is an objective recommendation, but it is not the final word," said Nancy Rubin, interim executive director of the Pretrial Diversion Project, a nonprofit group funded by the city Sheriff's Department and the mayor's office.

Public Defender Jeff Adachi, who is representing Mims' co-defendant in the Twin Peaks killing, said the concern is that clients be treated as individuals, not as pieces of a formula.
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Dutch arrest 2 suspects in investigation into tainted eggs

Dutch arrest 2 suspects in investigation into tainted eggs | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Dutch arrest 2 suspects in investigation into tainted eggs
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1 prisoner still loose after peanut butter escape

Sheriff James Underwood says prisoners used peanut butter to change the numbers above a door and trick a new employee into opening another door that led outside.

The prisoners then used their orange jail uniforms and blankets to climb over a fence topped with razor wire.
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Court Blocks Federal Prosecution of California Pot Growers

Court Blocks Federal Prosecution of California Pot Growers | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A federal case against California marijuana growers was blocked in U.S. District Court, which cited a SoCal congressman's legislation prohibitin
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Police searching for suspects who they say kidnapped, assaulted and caged an Anchorage man

The victim is in critical condition, according to police, who are also seeking a person of interest in the case.
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'Disturbance' reported inside Fairbanks prison

'Disturbance' reported inside Fairbanks prison | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
FAIRBANKS—A disturbance occurred inside Fairbanks Correctional Center Thursday afternoon. According to Alaska State Troopers there have been no reports of "significant injuries," and people involved may face charges including assault
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Program: San Diego (Calif.) Prisoner Reentry Program - CrimeSolutions.gov

The program, established by Senate Bill 618, was designed to educate and rehabilitate incarcerated nonviolent felons in an effort to reduce recidivism and revocations to prison. The program is rated No Effects. There was a small but statistically significant impact on program participants’ rates of rearrest. But there was no statistically significant differences on reconviction and return to prison rates between program participants and those who were not in the program.
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Does Legal Marijuana Mean More Impaired Drivers? - Times of San Diego

Does Legal Marijuana Mean More Impaired Drivers? - Times of San Diego | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
As more states legalize marijuana, there is a growing concern that more people will drive while high. Experts, however, say it’s too early to tell.
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Drivers hit by big traffic fines get a break under legal settlement

Drivers hit by big traffic fines get a break under legal settlement | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Advocates for California motorists who face mounting fees for traffic tickets have reached a legal settlement under which those who can't pay their fines will be offered alternatives.

The settlement with Solano County Superior Court, which advocacy groups described as a model for other counties, requires the court to notify drivers of affordable alternatives to traffic fines.

"Now we'd like to see counties across California follow Solano County's example and address the exorbitant traffic fines and fees structure that plunges people into a cycle of poverty," said Christine Sun, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, which took part in Tuesday's settlement.

Courts across the state have turned to traffic fines and surcharges to fill budget gaps caused by shortages in state funding.

A report by the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights in San Francisco found that 4.2 million Californians had their licenses suspended between 2006 and 2013 for failing to pay traffic fines, and that poor people were hit the hardest.

Another option was proposed in May by California's chief justice, Tani Cantil-Sakauye: ending criminal punishment for traffic infractions, such as speeding, running a red light or changing lanes without signaling, and moving those cases to the civil court system.
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COC chef instructor charged with embezzlement – Santa Clarita Valley Signal

COC chef instructor charged with embezzlement – Santa Clarita Valley Signal | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
    A chef instructor at College of the Canyons charged with more than a dozen counts including misappropriation of funds, embezzlement of public funds and conflict of interest, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to the charges on which he was arraigned. David Glenn Binkle, 55, identified by prosecutors as the former director of food services …
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'Grizzly,' Mexican Mafia shot caller, gets 13 years: Ramona Gardens terrorized - MyNewsLA.com

'Grizzly,' Mexican Mafia shot caller, gets 13 years: Ramona Gardens terrorized - MyNewsLA.com | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The second-in-command of a Mexican Mafia-linked East L.A. gang that terrorized the Ramona Gardens housing complex has been sentenced to nearly 13 years.
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Prosecutors Accuse Suge Knight, Lawyer of Witness Bribery

Prosecutors Accuse Suge Knight, Lawyer of Witness Bribery | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Suge Knight and his attorney Matthew Fletcher are accused of attempting to orchestrate witness bribery ahead of the rap mogul's murder trial.
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FRIGHTENING: Violent Repeat Offenders Released To Streets Without Posting Bond In New Mexico

FRIGHTENING: Violent Repeat Offenders Released To Streets Without Posting Bond In New Mexico | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Recently-implemented bail reform policies in New Mexico have resulted in violent, repeat offenders returning to the streets to await trial without any requirement to post a bond.
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Suspect in Twin Peaks killing released from jail days earlier

Suspect in Twin Peaks killing released from jail days earlier | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
City officials are now questioning the release of Lamonte Mims, a 19-year-old former resident of Patterson (Stanislaus County), who was on probation for burglarizing cars on Twin Peaks.

Mims was booked Monday and appeared in Superior Court on Tuesday to face charges including murder in the July 16 shooting of the film scout, Edward French, which occurred in the early morning during an apparent robbery attempt.

Swart said there is video evidence that Decuir pulled the trigger and that Mims, who had been barred from Twin Peaks by a court order, "made admissions of robbing French of his belongings" to police.

The district attorney's office moved to revoke his probation July 11, but a judge ruled he should be released on what is known as assertive case management, a pretrial program that requires routine check-ins.

The judge had followed a recommendation by the San Francisco Pretrial Diversion Project, a nonprofit group funded by the sheriff's department and the mayor's office.

In May 2016, San Francisco began experimenting with a computer algorithm that seeks to improve on the system of setting bail based on alleged crimes, taking into consideration whether a defendant might pose a public safety or flight risk.

The risk-assessment tool, developed by the Texas-based Laura and John Arnold Foundation, weighs a number of factors including the pending charges, the person's age and rap sheet, and their record of showing up to court.

Though District Attorney George Gascón was a proponent of the tool, prosecutors and defense attorneys said they have seen assessments with which they did not agree.

San Francisco police said they linked Decuir and Mims to French's killing while investigating a separate armed robbery that occurred near the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption at Geary and Gough streets on the morning of July 28.
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A Collaborative Vision for Reforming Criminal Justice

A Collaborative Vision for Reforming Criminal Justice | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Recognizing that our local governments can no longer afford to continue performing services that are duplicative or fail to deliver desired outcomes, Spokane County and the city of Spokane have jointly committed to a regional partnership to find a better way. Our mission is to effectively change our predominantly offense-based, punishment-focused criminal-justice system into one that is offender-based and rehabilitation-focused.
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Trevor Norris's comment, August 10, 3:08 AM
I have a lot of family in the Spokane area, so it will be interesting to see if this does happen, and how it happens. Again and again, it seems as though rehabilitation of offenders results in much better long-term effects on the offender. I personally believe that a lot of people know this, however swaying public sentiment from the idea of just locking people up and convincing legislators it is worth the investment presents the biggest challenge. Implementing rehabilitation facilities, programs, staffing, etc. is not cheap by any means, but if you continually have a rising number of people in jails and prisons that almost always will come back, the costs associated in the long run are far greater than the initial investment in a restorative or rehabilitative justice plan.