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Interest picks up in legal marijuana as constitutional issue

Interest picks up in legal marijuana as constitutional issue | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Comments from a GOP presidential contender and a federal judge have put the issue of states legalizing marijuana back on the constitutional front burner.

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New South Wales Greens push to ban sniffer dogs

New South Wales Greens push to ban sniffer dogs | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it

The New South Wales Greens will introduce a bill to parliament calling for a ban on sniffer dog operations across the state, describing the current approach as wasteful, dangerous and ineffective. 

Mr Shoebridge said the use of sniffer dogs "does not target high-level drug dealers or suppliers. It targets young people, the poor and Aboriginal communities."


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Seems like they're doing it wrong then.  Sniffer dogs are often deployed at the constriction points in the supply chain.  This disrupts delivery of the product and shouldn't target many low level offenders....

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Julian Buchanan's curator insight, Today, 3:13 AM

Sniffer dogs, drug testing, policing possession - are programmes from prohibition that have dubious validity, do more harm than good and target the poor, the indigenous, Black people, ethnic minorities and anyone else considered an ‘other’.

We are better without them. 

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Cruel new Housing Benefit cut threatens vulnerable young people with homelessness

Cruel new Housing Benefit cut threatens vulnerable young people with homelessness | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The abolition of housing benefit for 18-21 year-olds on Jobseekers Allowance, recently announced , has dismayed homelessness charities.   Jon Sparkes, the chief executive of Crisis, called it ...

Via Darcy Delaproser
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Too bad.  Housing rules prohibit criminal behavior, drug use, and gang membership, which greatly reduces (but doesn't eliminate) these behaviors.

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Dorothy Retha Cook's curator insight, Today, 10:14 AM

HOMELESSNESS NOT ONLY EFFECTS THE ADULTS BUT CHILDREN ALSO!

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Evidence of 430,000-year-old human violence found - BBC News

Evidence of 430,000-year-old human violence found - BBC News | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A human skull from a deep cave in northern Spain shows evidence of a lethal violent attack 430,000 years ago, a study shows.
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Colorado Gunman's Notebook of Ramblings Becomes Evidence

Colorado Gunman's Notebook of Ramblings Becomes Evidence | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
"And finally, the last escape, mass murder at the movies"
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Excellent example where something bio-chemical is probably at work in the crime....

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Nebraska Lawmakers Have Successfully Abolished the Death Penalty | VICE | United States

Nebraska Lawmakers Have Successfully Abolished the Death Penalty | VICE | United States | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
If they succeed, Nebraska will be the 19th state—and the first led by Republicans—to abolish the death penalty.
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Republicans Leading the Charge to Abolish the Death Penalty

Republicans Leading the Charge to Abolish the Death Penalty | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
“WE WOULD have ended any other government programmes that inefficient and costly a long time ago,” says Colby Coash, a Republican lawmaker in Nebraska. Mr Coash...
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FIFA officials arrested on corruption charges, face U.S. extradition

FIFA officials arrested on corruption charges, face U.S. extradition | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Swiss authorities are arresting several top FIFA officials on federal corruption charges in Zurich and plan to extradite them to the United States.
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White Collar Crime or Real Politiks?

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Amazing Village Built Exclusively For People With Dementia

Amazing Village Built Exclusively For People With Dementia | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Check out this amazing village built exclusively for people with dementia.
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Red card for the ultras

Red card for the ultras | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
FOOTBALL, like politics, arouses strong passions in Egypt. Bring the two together and you get a combustible mixture. Add police brutality and you get the explosive...
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My Time as a Hostess in a Sleazy Chinese Karaoke Den | VICE | United States

My Time as a Hostess in a Sleazy Chinese Karaoke Den | VICE | United States | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
It was some of the easiest money I'd ever made—all I had to do was dodge the hands of my drunken, amorous clients.
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I Spent Harvest Time with South Australia's Weed Growers | VICE | United States

I Spent Harvest Time with South Australia's Weed Growers | VICE | United States | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Unlike most of the country, South Australia has enjoyed decriminalisation since 1987. We hung out with some growers to see what that means for them.
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Sex, Piss, and Violence: My Life as a Youth Hostel Receptionist | VICE | United States

Sex, Piss, and Violence: My Life as a Youth Hostel Receptionist | VICE | United States | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Working nightshifts in a busy Barcelona youth hostel means I have a unique front-row seat to all sorts of sordid situations that you just don't see while the sun is still up. It's a parallel universe of drugs, booze, and horny British teenagers with second-degree sunburns.
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Are judges simply ‘politicians in robes’?

Are judges simply ‘politicians in robes’? | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
From an outsider’s perspective, it seems like liberal-conservative ideology predicts the way that judges will rule. But new research suggests the truth is more complicated.

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Want to Stop Crime? Legalize Drugs, Says Police Organization LEAP

Want to Stop Crime? Legalize Drugs, Says Police Organization LEAP | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Police group say protests in Baltimore and Ferguson are symptoms of the country's failed war on drugs, and ending that policy will help fix broken a police system.

Via Julian Buchanan
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It'll increase the types of crime that we see with other retail (theft, robbery, white collar types of crime--e.g. your bookkeeper embezzles); but, it will reduce the violent crimes that are endemic to a system with no lawful dispute resolution processes.

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Julian Buchanan's curator insight, Today, 3:44 AM

The problem is there are sixteen groups that benefit from keeping prohibition:
https://julianbuchanan.wordpress.com/2015/04/02/15-benefits-from-the-war-on-drugs/

 

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Corrupt Courts & For-Profit Probation Companies Still Running Illegal Debtors’ Prisons

Corrupt Courts & For-Profit Probation Companies Still Running Illegal Debtors’ Prisons | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
In an eye-opening video by the ACLU, it is revealed that private companies have been helping to put poor people behind bars for debt collection, a practice that was outlawed almost two hundred years ago.

Via Randy L. Dixon Rivera
Rob Duke's insight:

It's all probably very legal, but arguably ineffective and unfair.  For example, the poor can't afford the fees for ankle bracelets, thus stay in jail longer than those who are more well off.  Those who are out on ankle monitoring have the opportunity to work and pay off fines.

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How To Avoid Craigslist's Rampant 'Sight Unseen' Purchase Scams

How To Avoid Craigslist's Rampant 'Sight Unseen' Purchase Scams | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Any form of payment that is not traceable is a problem. Unless you are handing the cash to a living, breathing person who is handing you the keys to a car that is right there. Ask yourself” If this deal goes bad, what recourse do I have? If you are not sure, ask around. Friends and acquaintances often have a sober view of how you should not send your money to strangers you met on the internet’s classified section.
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Hold Bankers Accountable for Their Crimes

Hold Bankers Accountable for Their Crimes | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Last week, Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch announced that five major banks were pleading guilty to criminal charges for what she described as a “brazen display of collusion” to manipulate the currency markets. The banks — Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, UBS, Barclays and Royal Bank of Scotland Group — were hit with $5.6 billion in fines and penalties.

Sensibly, the banks were forced to plead guilty, not simply pay fines in settlements where they neither admitted nor denied the changes. But the charges still were brought against banks, not bankers. No banker was held accountable. The personal fortunes of the bankers who profited were not touched. Shareholders, not bankers, will pay the fines. The Justice Department would have us believe that criminal banks ran profitable criminal conspiracies without involving any bankers.

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Police Dog Rescues Deputy After He's Ambushed By 3 Men

Police Dog Rescues Deputy After He's Ambushed By 3 Men | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Police K-9 came to the rescue of Mississippi officer who was attacked by 3 men.
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That's what you get when you try to take on the land shark's papa.....  http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/landshark/2832305

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How FIFA’s Structure Lends Itself To Corruption

How FIFA’s Structure Lends Itself To Corruption | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The U.S. Justice Department says the indictments it handed down Wednesday against soccer officials and sports-marketing executives are just the beginning of its efforts to root out corruption in th...
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This is a key insight: Institutions (rules) and organizational structure are both extremely important to creating the opportunity for corruption.

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Holdouts who REFUSE to sell their "nail houses" to developers

Holdouts who REFUSE to sell their "nail houses" to developers | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Angry with Chinese homeowners who refuse to sell out, the country's eager and rapacious developers call their houses "stubborn nails" that can't be pounded into wood.

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Juvenile Jails Adopting ACE- and Trauma-Informed Practices

Juvenile Jails Adopting ACE- and Trauma-Informed Practices | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
After decades of get-tough policies that often morphed delinquent youth into hardened criminals — i.e., further traumatizing already traumatized kids — state, local and private facilities are developing ACE- and trauma-informed training for staff and systems for their facilities. They realize that the time these post-traumatic youth spend under their roofs can be a time for healing — if it’s handled right.

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As A Major Retraction Shows, We're All Vulnerable To Faked Data

As A Major Retraction Shows, We're All Vulnerable To Faked Data | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A political scientist on Tuesday said he was retracting a paper he'd co-authored -- one with wide influence on how campaigns can change public opinion -- when faced with evidence that the paper's c...
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The Yakuza's Ties to the Japanese Right Wing | VICE | United States

The Yakuza's Ties to the Japanese Right Wing | VICE | United States | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
VICE Japan talked to Masaya Kudo, a Japanese right-wing activist, about his philosophies and concerns about the movement's ties to organized crime.
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What I Saw While Spending 16 Hours in Manhattan Criminal Court | VICE | United States

What I Saw While Spending 16 Hours in Manhattan Criminal Court  | VICE | United States | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Every day, hundreds of disgruntled defendants, overworked lawyers, and indifferent cops and judges flow through the 17-floor concrete beast that squats in lower Manhattan.
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