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NJ man gets 3-year sentence for 2011 videotaped beating of homeless man that was posted online

NJ man gets 3-year sentence for 2011 videotaped beating of homeless man that was posted online | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A video posted on YouTube a few days before Christmas in 2011 shows a young man striding purposefully into the woods as a cameraman asks what he's about to do.
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Colby Wallace's comment, March 4, 2013 12:25 AM
This is an awful crime. This is a good example of the factor of trait theory. This young teen seems to be predisposed to crime and violence. It takes a lot to jump and homeless guy just for fun. It is amazing that he got off so lightly.
Moe's Legal Shop's comment, March 5, 2013 2:18 AM
well the kid will think it was funny until it happens to him and they tape it and they put it online...except my bet is they won't be seen on the video or get caught...that was super stupid on the kids part..
Carolyn C.'s comment, April 24, 2013 7:30 PM
This is really sad, I saw a What Would You Do episode once where there was a bunch of teenage boys who were beating up a homeless man and I actually not to surprised about the results. A little more than half of the people said something. Even though it is bad and unethical not to say something I can actually understand in certain situations why people wouldn't. They are simply scared. For example, if I saw a bunch of teenage boy beating up an old man I would be scared to say something because I am one person and they are multiple people. It is sick that someone would post it online, that is just weird. I am glad he got a prison sentence for it.
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Yolo County Neighborhood Court Program receives $1.9 million grant | The Aggie

Yolo County Neighborhood Court Program receives $1.9 million grant | The Aggie | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Grant to expand program to Woodlands, West Sacramento over the next three years

On Feb. 12 The Yolo County District Attorney (DA) Office recei
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Even The Algorithms Think Obamacare's Survival Is A Tossup

Even The Algorithms Think Obamacare's Survival Is A Tossup | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
In 2012, the Affordable Care Act survived a full-scale constitutional assault in the U.S. Supreme Court. Now, it faces a potentially devastating surgical strike. Obamacare’s new challenge is schedu...
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Human analysts: Close race

Computer says: Close race

 

Kennedy and Roberts are the ones to watch.

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Supreme Court grants "judicial approval for the mass surveillance of UK protest movements"

Supreme Court grants "judicial approval for the mass surveillance of UK protest movements" | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
This morning the UK Supreme Court delivered a ruling that amounts to what Netpol describes as “judicial approval for the mass surveillance of UK protest movements”. This decision is the result of a...

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Australian convicts transferred to Indonesian island for execution

CILACAP, Indonesia (Reuters) - Two convicted Australian drug smugglers were transferred on Wednesday from a Bali prison to an island for execution along with other foreigners, underlining Indonesia's determination
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3 more arrests in Vegas-to-Alaska cocaine smuggling ring

3 more arrests in Vegas-to-Alaska cocaine smuggling ring | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Federal prosecutors said Tuesday three more suspects have been arrested in connection with the smuggling of pounds of cocaine to Alaska through the Las Vegas airport.
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Alexander Yakovlev's comment, Today, 5:51 AM
Here is a good example of sentencing procedures in USA and, as the article Friend says Andrew Chan didn't believe executions would go ahead stated, in Australia. Both of the cases stated that convicts got life sentences; however, those in Australia that have been transferred to Indonesia got execution. Even thought, I my opinion, these 6 men that were smuggling cocaine to Alaska did more harm than those two in Australia.
Kimberly Maddigan's comment, Today, 4:39 PM
It amazes me that these 6 were able to smuggle cocaine from Las Vegas to Alaska. I don't understand how they could with TSA security measures in place. The article does mention that one of the guys Bledsoe used his airport credentials, but how did the others not get caught right away? This is also a prime example of why airport personnel should have to go through security. Just because they work there doesn't mean that they aren't capable of terrorist attacks or like in this case, smuggling drugs.They are human too, and have vices just as we all do.
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The chilling reason the Delhi bus gang-rapist blames his victim

The chilling reason the Delhi bus gang-rapist blames his victim | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
"A decent girl won't roam around at nine o'clock at night," he said.
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We say that they should be hung by the offending body parts, but there is some truth to the sentiment that death for a rape is not in the spirit of parsimony.  Parsimony was adopted because if you're going to get the death penalty anyway, then maybe (as this rapist said) you should just kill the victim.

Marginal Deterrence predicts that those crimes with the harshest penalties will encourage people to crimes with more lenient penalties: for instance, most criminals will avoid bank robbery (a Federal crime) while also being willing to commit a burglary.

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The Case for Restorative Justice

The Case for Restorative Justice | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Restorative justice has the capacity to empower those who have not been empowered in the past. Individuals and communities begin to act collectively, which is necessary in order to challenge the punitive structures that keep our young black and brown...
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Will Handing Public Housing Projects to Private Developers Hurt the Poor?

Will Handing Public Housing Projects to Private Developers Hurt the Poor? | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The government has called the new Rental Assistance Demonstration program the "answer" to housing woes, but there's very little evidence to support that case.
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Monroe H. Freedman, scholar of legal ethics and civil liberties, dies at 86

Mr. Freedman, a longtime law professor, was considered the founder of the study of legal ethics.
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Bribery: A Quarter of the World's Population is Participating

Bribery: A Quarter of the World's Population is Participating | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Corporate bribery and corruption is just a way of life in some countries. It's the essence of survival

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19-Year-old Gang Rape Victim to Receive 200 Lashes and 6 Months in Jail in Saudi Arabia - Awakened Consciousness

19-Year-old Gang Rape Victim to Receive 200 Lashes and 6 Months in Jail in Saudi Arabia - Awakened Consciousness | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it

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Hope Allen's comment, March 3, 6:16 PM
I disagree with the fact that they decided to punish the victim, but I also understand because that is their law. However, I find it disturbing that they didn't find the rapists guilty of anything. It would have made more sense if they got a punishment along with her.
Kimberly Maddigan's comment, Today, 7:06 PM
I'm so thankful for the fact that I grew up in a place where females aren't seen as objects and have the freedom to move about freely as they wish, with whomever they wish. It is unfortunate that the victim and her friend were both raped and both received punishment, and while I don't agree with it she did break a law. The way I see it, she isn't being punished because she was raped, but she is being punished because she wasn't accompanied by a male guardian in public. I don't agree with the fact that her punishment was worsened, but I'm glad to see that the ones who raped her are having their punishment doubled as well.
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Mom Who Wrote of Son's Health Woes Guilty of Killing Boy, 5, With Salt

Lacey Spears, the Kentucky woman who authorities say force-fed her 5-year-old son salt through a stomach tube and reveled in the attention that a sickly child brought her, has been found guilty of murder in the...
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Munchhausen by proxy?

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Justice, Not Retribution: "The Emphasis on Suffering Isn't Getting Us Anywhere"

Justice, Not Retribution: "The Emphasis on Suffering Isn't Getting Us Anywhere" | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Initially the story seemed like something straight out of A Clockwork Orange: Sasha Fleischman, who as an agender youth doesn’t identify as either male or female, was dozing on a municipal Oakland bus. Nearby, three adolescent boys had been laughing mockingly, and then one touched a lighter to Sasha’s skirt. The garment exploded in flame, Sasha screamed and struggled; finally, a couple of other passengers were able to extinguish the blaze. Sasha’s legs were a welter of second-and-third degree bu
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Restorative Justice: Face-to-face with the effects of crime « Today's Catholic News

Today's Catholic is a true Catholic news service dedicated to presenting important news, articles and information to the parishioners of the Fort Wayne / South Bend diocese.
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Senators say Alaska puts itself at risk with marijuana legalization

JUNEAU — The debate in the state capitol building about Alaska’s new marijuana law has caused some conservatives to side with an entity they generally abhor — the federal government.
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Friend says Andrew Chan didn't believe executions would go ahead

Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran will be moved to their place of execution tomorrow.
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Alexander Yakovlev's comment, Today, 5:39 AM
In the video or article it didn’t say why they are getting executed, but as far as I understood it’s because they were selling or making drugs. The punishment might be too harsh but if you will take a look at the situation, they were poisoning other people with drugs and we don’t even know if people died from those drugs. If they were killing other people, therefore, as an eye for an eye approach, they deserve to be killed; but if nobody died then I think they deserve a second chance. As Myuran Sukumaran wrote, people can change.
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Kids in Prisons; Real Rehabilitation Behind the Wall

Kids in Prisons; Real Rehabilitation Behind the Wall | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A Young Former Offender Speaks on How to Help Rehabilitate Kids in Jails - A young man who has been behind the wall speaks out on a recent Ted Talk about what needs to really happen to rehabilitate kids who have been incarcerated to reduce...

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Alexander Yakovlev's comment, Today, 6:10 AM
This young man speech is really inspirational and educational. We do need more programs for younger prisoners so they will be able to get ready go back to life. However, he is missing a point that they did that to themselves. The reason they are in jail is only because of their own fault. I am not saying that they don’t deserve to get educated in prisons, or go through some kind of program, but I am saying that they are there for punishment not for free programs and education. I am working two jobs and in order to pay for my school, and if they were providing education in jails, then why should I work hard in order to pay for myself while people who didn’t do anything good to society are getting it for free? There are good points in the video, however, I don’t think it will ever work.
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Why a woman murdered her son with salt

"She apparently craved the attention," a Westchester County, N.Y., prosecutor said.
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Group of volunteers seeks to curb Anchorage's violent crime

Group of volunteers seeks to curb Anchorage's violent crime | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
In the wake of a spike of violent crime, eight volunteers who make up the recently formed community action group We Are Anchorage gathered Monday to encourage others to help foster safety in the city.
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Econom(etr)ic fictions masquerading as rigorous science

Econom(etr)ic fictions masquerading as rigorous science | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
In econometrics one often gets the feeling that many of its practitioners think of it as a kind of automatic inferential machine: input data and out comes casual knowledge. This is like pulling a rabbit from a hat. Great — but first you have to put the rabbit in the hat. And this is where assumptions come in to the picture.

As social scientists — and economists — we have to confront the all-important question of how to handle uncertainty and randomness. Should we define randomness with probability? If we do, we have to accept that to speak of randomness we also have to presuppose the existence of nomological probability machines, since probabilities cannot be spoken of – and actually, to be strict, do not at all exist – without specifying such system-contexts.

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Gerrymandering Visualized

Gerrymandering Visualized | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
By simplifying gerrymandering we see how problematic it really is.

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The redistricting process is far from neutral; to be fair we should remember that gerrymandering is has happened on all ends of the political spectrum.  Which map do you think is the best way to divide these districts?  What is the fairest way to divide them?


Tags: gerrymandering, political, mapping, census, unit 4 political.

Sharrock's curator insight, March 3, 2:53 PM
Seth Dixon's insight:

The redistricting process is far from neutral; to be fair we should remember that gerrymandering is has happened on all ends of the political spectrum.  Which map do you think is the best way to divide these districts?  What is the fairest way to divide them?

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If Patients Only Knew How Often Treatments Could Harm Them

If Patients Only Knew How Often Treatments Could Harm Them | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
People say they would opt for less care if they had more knowledge of benefits and harms, studies show.
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a kind of white collar crime....

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