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Condom County: Porn, Condoms and Liberty in Los Angeles - Practical Ethics (blog)

Condom County: Porn, Condoms and Liberty in Los Angeles - Practical Ethics (blog) | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Condom County: Porn, Condoms and Liberty in Los AngelesPractical Ethics (blog)Teenagers' sexual choices may indeed be unduly influenced by porn performers, perhaps due to the psychological effects of modeling suggested by social learning theory...
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Therapeutic Jurisprudence rising in Japan!

Therapeutic Jurisprudence rising in Japan! | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
TJ founder David B. Wexler reflects on his recent visit to the Japan where TJ is being used as a lens for legal system reform... I’ve just returned from Japan, where , on September 1, 2017, I keynoted a fantastic therapeutic jurisprudence (TJ) program. The fact that I returned home to Puerto Rico the night…
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California dad pleads not guilty in deaths of his children

California dad pleads not guilty in deaths of his children | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
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California grandpa throws man off roof to end hours-long police standoff

California grandpa throws man off roof to end hours-long police standoff | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A California grandfather took matters into his own hands when a stranger jumping on rooftops caused an hours-long police standoff on Tuesday.
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URINE LUCK: San Francisco Says You Can Pee On The Sidewalk

URINE LUCK: San Francisco Says You Can Pee On The Sidewalk | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The ever-progressive city of San Francisco is now allowing people to urinate on the sidewalk.
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Video shows woman before hotel freezer death

Video shows woman before hotel freezer death | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Surveillance video may shed light on the mysterious death of a young Chicago woman whose body was found in a hotel freezer last week. The case sparked accusations of foul play on social media.

Police in Rosemont, a suburb northwest of Chicago, said Kenneka Jenkins, 19, was last seen early Saturday, September 9, at a party at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O'Hare Hotel. Her family reported her missing later that day, and Jenkins' body was found in the walk-in freezer at the hotel shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday. The results of an autopsy by the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office are pending.
Surveillance video from inside the Crowne Plaza, released by the Rosemont Public Safety Department and obtained by CNN, shows Jenkins staggering through the hotel's hallways early Saturday.

Kenneka Jenkins is shown here in this photo from Facebook.
In the footage, Jenkins is first seen walking through the hotel with several unidentified people around 1:13 a.m. on that Saturday. She appears to be steady.
But when Jenkins is next sighted exiting an elevator at 3:25 a.m., she is alone and visibly impaired, and staggers out of the elevator, briefly leaning on the wall for support before heading down the hallway.
Surveillance cameras next catch Jenkins in hallways at 3:27 and 3:29 a.m., also alone. She struggles to head in one direction, and nearly falls over several times, but catches herself.
The last clip shows Jenkins stumbling through the hotel kitchen, which appears to be empty. She walks out of view of the cameras at 3:32 a.m., the last time she was seen before her body was found in the hotel's walk-in freezer.
Police say they have 36 hours of surveillance video from that weekend and have publicly released all clips in which Jenkins can be seen.
At no point in the footage provided to CNN can Jenkins be seen walking into the freezer.
Andrew Holmes, a community activist who said he is working with Jenkins' family, said Thursday that Rosemont police showed him surveillance video of the young woman walking into the freezer in the hotel basement on her own.
Holmes told CNN affiliate WBBM Jenkins appeared to be lost and tried several doors to get upstairs to the hotel lobby before she walked into the freezer, located in an unsecure area.
"We all wanted to know: Did anybody pull her down there? Did anybody force her down there? Was anybody on the other side in that room when she got down there? And the answer to that is no," Holmes told WBBM.
Holmes urged anyone with evidence in the case to contact police and stop making accusations on social media.
"Just don't put it out there on Facebook because if you put it out there, then be prepared to answer what you put out there," Holmes told WBBM.
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FACT CHECK: Are Police in Sweden No Longer Investigating Rapes Since Migrants Arrived?

FACT CHECK: Are Police in Sweden No Longer Investigating Rapes Since Migrants Arrived? | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage cited the conspiracy web site InfoWars in a tweet claiming police in Sweden admitted they are "no longer" investigating rape.
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Well, not exactly, but Europeans are more worried than they've been in the past about their immigrant populations.
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Reality Check: Prime minister on police pay

Reality Check: Prime minister on police pay | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Theresa May says an officer starting in 2010 would, by now, have received a 32% increase in pay in real terms.
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Mark Twain said there are "lies, damn lies, and then there are statistics".

The Prime Minister indeed makes her statistics seem like officers have had giant pay increases compared with everyone else, but she fails to acknowledge that she's talking about an employee who starts at Step A and proceeds up through Step E based upon merit and successful advancement in skills over 5 years (usually 5% per year).  Thus 25% of this "increase" is actually meritorious pay and a top step officer has increased 7% since 2010; or, about 1% per year.

You can see why the police union is annoyed with her.

BTW, a British pound is worth 1.34 u.s. dollars, so we're talking about a $12, 060 increase for both COLA and 5 payroll steps.
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Spain summons 700 Catalan mayors to court

Spain summons 700 Catalan mayors to court | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Prosecutors order council leaders to appear for questioning over the banned independence referendum.
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Deal reached over the copyright of famous monkey selfie

Deal reached over the copyright of famous monkey selfie | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
SAN FRANCISCO — Monkey see. Monkey sue. Monkey settle.

Attorneys representing a macaque monkey have agreed to a compromise in a case where they asserted the animal owned the copyright to selfie photos it had shot with a photographer's camera.

Under the deal, the photographer agreed to donate 25 percent of any future revenue from the images to charities dedicated to protecting crested macaques in Indonesia, said the lawyers from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals who filed the lawsuit.
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or: "meanwhile, in the United States....."
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Joe Dugan's comment, September 18, 3:35 AM
Well, looks like I better go find the Cow Moose and Calf from last winter I saw when snowshoeing, and pay them their fee before I get sued. Its stuff like this that make you realize why people are still being duped out of their money for a prince in Nigeria. Come on America we can do better.
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Exposed: ‘racial bias’ in British criminal justice system

Exposed: ‘racial bias’ in British criminal justice system | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Prosecutions against some black and minority ethnic defendants should be deferred or dropped because the criminal justice system is biased against them, according to a highly critical report written by Labour MP David Lammy at the request of the prime minister.

Lammy said allowances should also be made for younger defendants’ immaturity and criminal records sealed to help former offenders find work, adding that statistics suggested discrimination in the UK was worse than in the US in some cases.

“My conclusion is that BAME individuals still face bias, including overt discrimination, in parts of the justice system,” MP says in his report.

His findings are something people from minority ethnic backgrounds have argued for decades.

The MP highlighted the fact that there was “greater disproportionality” in the number of black people in prisons in England and Wales than in the US.

Black people make up 3% of Britain’s population and 12% of the prison population, compared with 13% and 35% respectively, in the US.
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Portland Police Bureau to stop documenting people as gang members

Portland Police Bureau to stop documenting people as gang members | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The Gang Designation Policy was implemented more than 20 years ago as gun and gang violence escalated dramatically in Portland, according to police.
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Jonathan Hall's comment, September 17, 5:09 PM
That makes sense. Removing that extra barrier could really make a difference. If a person is trying to make a life change having that label could make it extra difficult.
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‘Massacre’ of Suspected Gang Members Has Mozambicans Asking: What’s the Role of Police? · Global Voices

‘Massacre’ of Suspected Gang Members Has Mozambicans Asking: What’s the Role of Police? · Global Voices | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Police maintained their intention was "to neutralize" the men, who died in a shootout. Some Mozambicans were quick to say police shouldn't be in the business of killing people.
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Man in clown mask chases daughter into armed stranger's apartment

Man in clown mask chases daughter into armed stranger's apartment | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The father is charged with inducing panic and child endangering.
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Dorothy Retha Cook's curator insight, September 19, 5:29 AM

I t is  crime when done by a Father to his child not sykng its OK at all but saying , why is it not a crime when done by public schools Officials, Department of Social Services employee's/Officials and Guardian Adlitem's to parent(s) and children ? Why are charges not filed against them also? If a crime is a crime, why not for all but just some that commit the illegal act? Why is there look the other way itis a new name created for an old disease that has let government employee's and Officials get away with crimes that others are put on lock down for, WHY SO? Anybody have a cure for look the other way itis ? Maybe if those that look the other way I charged for the crime also, vision would get better and look the other way itis will be cured because whose going to do time for crimes they know the criminals so to speak are not going to be charged or due time for themselves? You say?

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Saudi authorities pressure Snapchat to block Al-Jazeera

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These miniature murder scenes have shown detectives how to study homicides for 70 years

These miniature murder scenes have shown detectives how to study homicides for 70 years | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
It was the fourth day of a week-long forensic science course called the Frances Glessner Lee Seminar in Homicide Investigation. Glessner Lee (1878-1962) was an heiress to the International Harvester fortune who became focused on the problem of old-school death investigators overlooking or disturbing evidence that science could unlock. She endowed a department of legal medicine at Harvard Medical School in the 1930s and launched the Harvard Seminars in Homicide Investigation. And she crafted the death dioramas, which she called “Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death.” Her friend Erle Stanley Gardner, the writer who created Perry Mason, dedicated one of his Mason mysteries to her. He credited her with “helping to make the competent state police official as much a professional man as the doctor or lawyer.” After Harvard’s legal medicine department folded in the 1960s, an alumnus who was then the Maryland medical examiner brought the Nutshell Studies to Baltimore on long-term loan from Harvard. “She is the mother of forensic science,” says Bruce Goldfarb, public information officer in the medical examiner’s office, who is researching a biography of Glessner Lee. “She helped evolve the field to ‘C.S.I.’ and what people expect today.”

On the first day of the seminar, 56 prosecutors and detectives from as far as China, Ontario and Colorado were assigned in groups to different Nutshell Studies. “Your job is not really to solve them as you would a puzzle,” instructed Jerry Dziecichowicz, secretary-treasurer of Harvard Associates in Police Science, which helps put on the seminar, “but go in and observe. Record evidence you think would have medical importance” to explain cause and manner of death. Later, at the end of day four, they would have to present the most important clues they had gleaned. During the week, between lectures on 21st-century techniques for interpreting bloodstains, distinguishing varieties of gunshot wounds and determining time of death, the detectives ducked into Room 417 to do their homework, poring over the dolls.

Though not actual crime scene with real corpses, the dioramas, with their three-dimensionality and welter of detail, remain excellent tools for exercising powers of observation. Maybe the works would have lost some relevance if Glessner Lee had not gone to astonishing lengths to create a handmade virtual reality: According to Goldfarb, who has studied how the dioramas were constructed, the keys and doorknobs turn, and the gates open; tiny stubbed-out cigarettes contain real burned tobacco; mini newspapers are printed with actual front pages; shelves contain reproduction cans and cartons of groceries. Glessner Lee sewed the victims’ clothes, carefully administered wear and tear to wallpaper and rugs, knitted the stitches inside a deceased wife’s diminutive basket of yarn, threaded the needle on the sewing machine in a home where a family lies slain and hand-wrote love letters strewn in an attic beside a woman hanging from a beam. (If the victim committed suicide, how did one of her shoes end up around the corner and down the stairs?)

The epitome of Glessner Lee’s obsession with verisimilitude was the way she extended this richly tragic world beyond what Nutshell viewers could possibly see. Inside a saloon is a poster for a boxing match that you can glimpse only if you’re a six-inch-tall patron bellying up to the bar. “Real life is like that — real life is detailed,” Goldfarb told me. “There’s a lot to absorb. You don’t know what the relevant information is. She said she wanted people to lose themselves and immerse themselves in this world.”
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Portland police to halt, purge all gang designations

Portland police to halt, purge all gang designations | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
"This is too long coming,'' said Mayor Ted Wheeler, who serves as police commissioner. "It was the right thing to do.''
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British Police Arrest Man in Hunt for London Bombers

British Police Arrest Man in Hunt for London Bombers | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
British police are keeping an open mind on whether more than one person was responsible for a London train bombing that injured 30 people, after they arrested an 18-year-old man earlier on Saturday.
"We are still pursuing numerous lines of enquiry, and at great pace," Senior National Co-ordinator for Counter Terrorism Policing Neil Basu told reporters.
"Our priorities are ... to identify and locate any other potential suspects."
British police arrested an 18-year-old man in the port of Dover and raided a house in a small town outside London on Saturday as they hunted for whoever planted a bomb on a commuter train that injured 30 people a day earlier.
Prime Minister Theresa May put Britain on the highest security level of "critical" late on Friday, meaning another attack may be imminent, and deployed soldiers and armed police to strategic locations such as nuclear plants and defence sites.
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Gregory Foster's comment, September 16, 11:30 PM
I feel that this has the look of a solo attack not from a terrorist cell. The fact that the bomb is poorly made makes me think this. ISIS claiming responsibility is not a very good indication of how deep the plan is and whether there is a cell or not. This is just my first blush response. I know that the UK government is pushing for a lot of online surveillance to help thwart recruiting and training online. This is not something that I agree with because it is most likely going to be implemented incorrectly. I do not want my rights to be curtailed or limited because of what somebody else has done. This is my fear when the government pushes to limit these type of attacks through surveillance of internet activity. I prefer a honeypot strategy where a person who is looking for that type of information would be scooped up in the investigation rather than a person like me who does not look for ISIS material or bomb making instructions. I know our government does a lot of this type of sting operations but I worry about mission creep leading to a loss of rights for the general person. It seems sad though to think that our new norm is to accept that there will be random attacks, people will die, and that is just the way life is from now on.
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UK PM wonders if police have 'powers' they need to deal with terror

UK PM wonders if police have 'powers' they need to deal with terror | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
May sat down with George Stephanopoulos for an exclusive interview.
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Jonathan Hall's comment, September 17, 5:02 PM
It's interesting when the Internet is brought up like this. The Internet is so widely available that it is difficult to stop the use of it for a specific purpose.
Joe Dugan's comment, September 18, 3:31 AM
So it's not okay for the President of the United States to comment on an ongoing investigation of this stature, however every single news/media outlet has been covering it 24/7 since it happened? He's pointing out that Scotland Yard is basically "handcuffed" and can't protect with the powers they have now. Then she comes out and says the same. Hmmmmmm
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Teen 'killed mayor in revenge for dad's death'

Teen 'killed mayor in revenge for dad's death' | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
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Joe Dugan's comment, September 18, 3:27 AM
It's a scary world we are living in now. To think someone would go as far as to, not only kill, but get up and personal and slash a throat. It's not like this guy forced the father to commit suicide. This 18 year old just ruined his life over this, for what?
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Germans are living the best life, but the French and Danish aren’t far behind

Germans are living the best life, but the French and Danish aren’t far behind | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Germans are living the best life, but the French and Danish are not so far behind. For the sixth year in a row, Germany gained the top spot in the Quality of Nationality Index (QNI), a ranking of nationalities based on the levels of freedom and quality of life citizens enjoy. The study was conducted b
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Cults and Terrorism: Can We Establish Parallels Between Noxious Belief Systems?

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Cults and Terrorism: Can We Establish Parallels Between Noxious Belief Systems?

Sarah Mills July 5, 2017 Opinion, Religion 3 Comments

Can insights and lessons about human behavioural trends and group psychologies from cults help us understand and thereby reduce risks of terrorism today?

Whether they are known as high-demand/control groups, new religious movements, or cults, their frequent association with scandals in which both physical and psychological abuse, violence, and even fatalities feature notoriously, begs the question: At what point does a religion cease to be a relatively anodyne cultural system and cross over into territory the state should not, must not, protect through religious freedom?

The argument could be made that no religion is entirely innocent; throughout history, different religions have, with the complicity of the state, not only made adherence to their precepts compulsory under pain of torture or death, but also forcefully converted nonbelievers in their imperialistic ambitions. Comedian Joe Rogan made the following joke: “The difference between a cult and religion? A cult is led by a guy who knows it’s bullshit. In a religion, that guy is dead.”
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Official with Alaska Native health agency made $1 million, and now another health group says the payment was wrong

At the heart of a legal battle between two tribal health care powerhouses is a pay raise for the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium board chairman, whose compensation rose to over $1 million, up from $122,000 two years earlier.
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23 people charged with illegally selling alcohol in Bethel, including 18 cab drivers

Troopers launched their investigation into bootlegging in Bethel after receiving tips for several years that many Bethel cab drivers were illegally selling alcohol out of their taxis.
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Jordan Wright's comment, September 18, 1:51 AM
I have found the topic of alcohol in small Alaska villages interesting. It is interesting how even though alcohol can be prohibited, it is still brought in. It reminds me of the prohibition era when it didn't matter if it was prohibited or not, people still got their hands on it.
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Mayan Muslims of Mexico Are Redefining Indigenous Identity · Global Voices

Mayan Muslims of Mexico Are Redefining Indigenous Identity · Global Voices | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
"Indigenous people are not merely empty shells for foreign ideologies to be planted on, but masters and directors of their own story."
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