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Anonymous takes on alleged Ohio gang rapists and their protectors — RT

Anonymous takes on alleged Ohio gang rapists and their protectors — RT | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A hacker group, connected with Anonymous, announced Sunday that it has extensive information on people said to have been involved in the gang rape of a 15-year-old Ohio girl. Local parents and authorities are accused of protecting the rapists.
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Riverside County moves forward with steps to make criminal justice system more cost effective

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

French court suspends burkini ban | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
French mayors do not have the right to ban burkinis, the French Council of State ruled Friday.
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Fairbanks attorney Susan Carney will join Alaska Supreme Court on Friday

Fairbanks attorney Susan Carney will  join Alaska Supreme Court on Friday | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
FAIRBANKS — The Alaska Supreme Court will hold the installation of its latest member at the Rabinowitz Courthouse in Fairbanks on Friday.
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'They'll kill for it': Ramen is a new black-market currency in US prisons

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Even 'pharma bro' calls EpiPen price hikers 'vultures' amid backlash | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A growing chorus is calling on the Mylan pharmaceutical company to justify its over 400 percent price hikes on EpiPens.
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White privilege as economic reality: It would take African-Americans 228 years to reach the same level of wealth as whites

White privilege as economic reality: It would take African-Americans 228 years to reach the same level of wealth as whites | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Systemic white supremacy creates disparate and unequal economic outcomes for people of color, a new report shows
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Texas Halts Execution Of Non-Triggerman Over Questions Of 'Dr. Death' Testimony

Texas Halts Execution Of Non-Triggerman Over Questions Of 'Dr. Death' Testimony | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Wood was convicted as an accomplice to murder, with a controversial psychiatrist testifying that he would commit more violence.
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Is Pot Losing Its Buzz in Colorado?

Is Pot Losing Its Buzz in Colorado? | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A backlash in Colorado where pot has quickly become a $1 billion legal business.
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Hemp still grows as ragweed on the sides of the road in many places where it was once grown for fiber.  It's not marijuana though because the THC content was usually only about 1%....
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Justice Department says it will end use of private prisons

Justice Department says it will end use of private prisons | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
In the wake of critical reports, the deputy attorney general told officials to reduce or decline to renew deals with contractors.
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Whirlpool Put Laundry Machines In Some Schools And Increased Attendance By 90%

Whirlpool Put Laundry Machines In Some Schools And Increased Attendance By 90% | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Sometimes all kids need are some clean clothes to improve their school attendance.
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Growing up poor is so stressful, it can affect brain development

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Woman charged with strangling stepdaughter to death

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The Queens woman who was arrested for murdering her 9-year-old stepdaughter allegedly strangled the girl with her bare hands, it was revealed Sunday.

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

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

“On Friday she made good on that threat.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

10 Things You Should Know About Welfare Reform, 20 Years Later — The Shriver Brief | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Twenty years ago this month, the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 made significant changes to the program that provides cash grants to low-income families to help them meet basic needs. But how much do you really know about welfare reform? And how effective have the reforms enacted 20 years ago been in helping people escape poverty?
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Predictive Policing Did Nothing to Prevent Violence in Chicago

Predictive Policing Did Nothing to Prevent Violence in Chicago | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The program, launched in 2013, used data analytics to identify individuals, known as Strategic Subjects, likely to be involved in a shooting. The original premise was that social workers would engage with these at-risk individuals before they became embroiled in violence. Instead, the report finds that the list only served to help target those individuals for arrest after a crime had already been committed, making it little more than what one commentator called a “data-driven ‘most-wanted’ list.”
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Good grief, if even Protestants think the time has come… | Catholic World Report - Global Church news and views

Good grief, if even Protestants think the time has come… | Catholic World Report - Global Church news and views | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Good grief, if even Protestants think the time has come…

“I am not a Roman Catholic, let alone a canon lawyer,” writes Fi
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Justinian's law was rediscovered by Aquinas and others and became the foundation for the Catholic Church's Canon Law.  Later, Civil Law was also based on the old Roman system established by Justinian.
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Inmate who didn't kill anyone gets stay of execution

Inmate who didn't kill anyone gets stay of execution | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Six days before Jeffrey Wood was expected to be executed for his role in a deadly robbery 20 years ago, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on Friday granted him a stay of execution.
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US swimmer Ryan Lochte apologizes for behavior in Rio

US swimmer Ryan Lochte apologizes for behavior in Rio | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
U.S. gold medalist swimmer Ryan Lochte on Friday apologized for his behavior at the Olympics after being accused by Brazilian police of inventing a story about an armed robbery to cover for some bad behavior at a gas station.
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Why Aren’t Any Bankers in Prison for Causing the Financial Crisis?

Why Aren’t Any Bankers in Prison for Causing the Financial Crisis? | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Sam Buell, the government’s lead prosecutor in the Enron scandal, explains why convicting white-collar criminals isn’t as straightforward as most people think it should be.
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