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Book salesmen were pushy, but not burglars, Alaska State Troopers say

Book salesmen were pushy, but not burglars, Alaska State Troopers say | Criminology and Economic Theory |
FAIRBANKS — Alaska State Troopers say a pair of encyclopedia salesmen from Estonia who upset several residents in Fairbanks and North Pole with their aggressive selling tactics earlier this month have evidently moved on to Anchorage.
Danya Schimmack's comment, July 28, 2013 7:17 PM
In this day and age when salesmen are very rare, especially in Alaska, I can understand the home owners’ suspicion towards the men. Not only is there a strange man knocking on their door, but they also are being aggressive as it sounds. The men, being from Estonia, would also most likely have an accent which would also lead to heightened suspicion as it would be out of place in Fairbanks or North Pole. Hopefully the men can learn from their experiences and can adapt their methods in order to not pose as a threat.
Sabrina Clemenson's comment, August 5, 2013 1:37 AM
I can understand why homeowners in Fairbanks and North Pole would be wary about these salesmen coming to their door. We hear so many frightening stories about people lying about who they are to gain your trust and then overpower you, it would be very easy for these homeowners to be suspicious that these encyclopedia salesmen were actually burglars or rapists or murderers. I also think that although it is a sad reality, it is good that people are being cautious of strangers on their doorstep. That doesn't mean that you should be so suspicious that you assault strangers who approach your house without cause, as someone in North Pole apparently did. But the differences in cultural norms could make a misunderstanding very likely to occur. I agree with what Danya said, that hopefully they can adjust their methods to avoid this perceived threat.
Rob Duke's comment, August 5, 2013 1:58 AM
Yes, and I suspect the salesmen probably knew enough to pull in their horns when visiting a home with a trooper vehicle in the driveway...
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Can private security teams make downtown Anchorage safer?

Can private security teams make downtown Anchorage safer? | Criminology and Economic Theory |
Two downtown agencies are working to combine security forces and expand private security communications across downtown Anchorage, in hopes it maker it safer and more pleasant for visitors and businesses. 
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A law to strip dual-citizen terrorists of French nationality moves a step forward

A law to strip dual-citizen terrorists of French nationality moves a step forward | Criminology and Economic Theory |
The amendment is still far from passing into law. Devised by a Socialist government, the bill now has to go to the Senate, where the centre-right holds a majority. Even if it clears parliament, the real test lies later on: the French constitution cannot be changed without the approval of three-fifths of votes at a joint sitting of the lower and upper houses, which would take place in Versailles.

Judging by yesterday’s vote, President François Hollande, already the most unpopular president in modern France, may have real difficulty obtaining this. The vote split both the ruling Socialists and the centre-right opposition. Fully 119 of the 287 Socialists deputies either voted against, or abstained. On the centre-right, despite a call from Nicolas Sarkozy, leader of the opposition Republican party, to back the bill, 74 deputies voted against. Among them was Mr Sarkozy’s former prime minister, François Fillon, who has denounced the proposal as political posturing and constitutional “DIY”.

In an effort to appeal to public opinion, which broadly supports the nationality-stripping proposal, Mr Hollande has invited himself to appear simultaneously on both main French network television news shows on Thursday evening. This will also give him a chance to explain the government reshuffle, which took place on Thursday following the departure of Laurent Fabius, the foreign minister. After nearly four years in the job, and a successful global climate deal on his watch, Mr Fabius quit on Wednesday in order to preside over the country’s constitutional council, its highest court. He has been replaced, unexpectedly, by Jean-Marc Ayrault, Mr Hollande’s (German-speaking) former prime minister.

Perhaps the most arresting aspect of the debate is not that nationality-stripping is so controversial, but that the government’s other counter-terrorism measures have raised so few eyebrows. France, it is sometimes forgotten, has been living under a state of emergency since November 13th. This expires on February 26th, but is expected to be renewed after another parliamentary vote. It grants the police sweeping powers to make house arrests and raid premises without prior judicial authorisation. It has largely fallen to outsiders, such as Nils Muiznieks, human-rights commissioner at the Council of Europe, to deplore the constraints this imposes on individual liberties.

A separate police bill now going through parliament, which would grant the security forces extra powers such as the right to use firearms in situations other than self-defence, has also stirred little unease. Next to the outrage over the nationality-stripping proposal, the contrast is striking. The French public seems to have an unusually high tolerance of intrusive police and intelligence powers, and of government proposals to tighten them further still. And the French left in particular is vexed by any threat to the principle of equality, but rather less, it seems, when liberty is at stake.
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The world’s most violent cities

The world’s most violent cities | Criminology and Economic Theory |
Four US cities feature in an otherwise—almost exclusively—Latin American list of the world's most murderous
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Police chief hopes life-size cutouts in Wal-Mart make thieves think twice about shoplifting

Police chief hopes life-size cutouts in Wal-Mart make thieves think twice about shoplifting | Criminology and Economic Theory |
FAIRBANKS—In a novel attempt to deter shoplifters, Fairbanks police have outfitted each entrance at the Fairbanks Wal-Mart store with a life-sized cardboard cutout of an actual FPD officer.
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Deterrence Theory anyone?

Austyn Hewitt's comment, February 11, 5:05 PM
I do not think these cut-outs help prevent shoplifting. In the article is was said that the posters are "supposed to get peoples attention" but honestly I probably would not even notice. This tactic is if one sees it they feel intimidated or scared into not shoplifting. This might work for some people but for most others probably not.
Courtney Antilla's comment, February 11, 8:44 PM
I think this idea is very interesting and certainly creative. I would be curious if there is any difference if they are posed by commonly stolen items rather than the door though.
Ashley von Borstel's comment, Today, 12:51 AM
They probably won't work. If anything, it might increase people shoplifting so they 'can prove the police wrong.'
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Female suicide bombers kill over 60 people in northeast Nigeria: officials

Female suicide bombers kill over 60 people in northeast Nigeria: officials | Criminology and Economic Theory |
Two female suicide bombers killed more than 60 people at a camp for people displaced by an insurgency of the jihadist Boko Haram group in the northeast Nigerian town of Dikwa, military and emergency officials said on Wednesday.
Miranda Kay Grieser's comment, Today, 2:13 AM
I think it is crazy that there are now female suicide bombers willing to kill hundreds of people. The fact that people can even do this astonishes me because that is such an inhumane thing for someone to do in general. I cannot believe that there are religions that push to kill innocent human beings, it just doesn’t make sense to me at all. I don’t think it’s right that I have to be scared of my own kind. We are not cannibals, that is not how we should be raised to treat one another, no matter what our religion is.
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A lottery to lose

A lottery to lose | Criminology and Economic Theory |
Louisiana’s scheme, brought in by a conservative governor, added a feature that ought to delight progressives: a lottery to assign the vouchers. In 2014 12,000 students from low-income families applied for more than 6,000 vouchers to attend 126 private schools. Lotteries are loved by social scientists because the winners and losers, distinguished by chance alone, are statistically identical. That means differences in outcomes can reasonably be attributed to the programme rather than, say, differences in family circumstances.

It turned out that this was a lottery to lose. The three economists found that those who received vouchers and moved to private schools had worse test scores in maths, reading, science and social studies than those who missed out. Hunting for an explanation, they wondered whether the weakest private schools had mopped up voucher pupils to fill their seats. But this hypothesis did not stand up.
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Vas es los?  What happened?

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These are the books students at the top US colleges are required to read

 prThe leaders of tomorrow will be well versed in dead philosophers, according to a new database of college syllabi. The Open Syllabus Project, a collection of over 1 million curricula from English-language colleges and universities over the past 15 years, released its data on Friday (Jan. 22). Plato, Hobbes, Machiavelli, and Aristotle overwhelmingly dominate lists in the US,...

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Getting off the train

Getting off the train | Criminology and Economic Theory |

It is not just that Mr Erdogan wants to rewrite the constitution to award himself executive presidential powers. The trouble is that he hardly needs them. Sometimes overtly, but often by stealth and dissimulation, the AK party has spread its tentacles across Turkish society. The courts, the police, the intelligence services, the mosques, the public education and health systems and the media are all, in one way or another, subject to the party’s overweening influence.

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Decades of new laws caused Minnesota's prison population spike

Decades of new laws caused Minnesota's prison population spike | Criminology and Economic Theory |
Over the past 25 years, the state's incarceration rate has soared by 150 percent. The majority of that growth can be attributed to changes made by lawmakers to the state's criminal code
Wyatt Duncan's comment, February 8, 1:29 AM
It is not only Minnesota's correction system that is over run, the entire United States system is bloated. There are many crimes that are over punished, and don't deserve a jail time, such as driving without a license. There are multiple system that could be put into place to help with over population... Look at some of Sheriff Joes tactics.
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Why The Rules Of The Road Aren’t Enough To Prevent People From Dying

Why The Rules Of The Road Aren’t Enough To Prevent People From Dying | Criminology and Economic Theory |
The death was ruled an accident, and there’s no evidence anybody broke the law. But does that mean we should view this tragedy as unavoidable?
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This is similar to the problem I make of politics and rent-seeking behavior.  We don't like how politics can be manipulated, but it's better than the alternative (too much control and oversight).

Mary Grubbs's comment, February 9, 1:48 PM
I had no idea that the limits were set at 85%. Traveling in Alaska for me can be stressful at times. When I travel during the winter from Fairbanks to Wasilla. I have the semi's that fly by you and the snow from the top of their vehicles blind you for a moment and during that moment I am just hoping no animal will be on the other side. Even without the semi's we have the curved roads, long drop offs, narrow two lane roads, and of course the moose. I definitely take advantage of the speed limit of 65mph, but I would not be disappointed if it was ever lowered to 55mph in order to be that much safer. As far as in the cities themselves, I believe lowering the limits would be very beneficial. It appears to be working for them and possibly working for New York.
William Estrin's comment, February 9, 5:50 PM
What people don't understand is that speed limits are designed and set for safety, not to impede you, frustrate you, or get you to your destination late. Unfortunately, Americans are impatient and have a need for speed, which aren't helped by pop culture. Speed limits are carefully set by engineers as a safe travel speed. Yet people are naive and think they are wiser. If something unexpected comes up, you need a certain amount of stopping distance to avoid a catastrophe and going too fast will not give you the necessary stopping distance. This may be less visible in urban areas, but in rural areas, the importance of obeying speed becomes more obvious, especially in Alaska. In rural Alaska, there are sharp blind corners with steep drop offs. So when I see a sign with a picture of a curve and it says 35 or 40, I know sure as hell that I better slow down to that speed limit and even slower in the winter, otherwise I risk running off the road. For example, the Haul Road here in Alaska has a speed of 50 mph the whole 414 miles. It is the most remote road in America and there are hardly any state troopers or police along it. Does that mean truckers and other drivers fly by at 80 and 90 mph on the road? The answer is an astounding no because people know the speed limit is there for a reason. You will be punished if you don't obey that speed limit, but not necessarily by police. Mother nature and the laws of physics have their own set of consequences in store for you if you don't obey the speed limit. I just wish people understood the importance of speed limits in urban areas as they do in treacherous rural areas.
mlsoden's comment, February 11, 12:51 PM
While reasonable and well written traffic laws, combined with rigorous enforcement can have an impact on poor driving a better approach would be to require additional training prior to granting licenses to driver's. Currently Alaska has a relatively limited training program requirement to get a license, a written test and a short road test. Many other countries have much more stringent training guidelines for drivers, and their traffic collision and infraction rates reflect this. Mandatory driver training courses, combined with restricted or limited licenses for all drivers for a probationary period could address this issue. Proper funding of police departments and infrastructure upgrades, like signal cameras and road improvements could help make roadways safer for operators. Unfortunately there is a feeling that driving is a right in this country and actually enacting these types of programs would face stiff opposition.
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The Harvard Doctor Changing Nursing Homes Forever

The Harvard Doctor Changing Nursing Homes Forever | Criminology and Economic Theory |
“All those animals in a nursing home broke state law, but for Thomas and his staff, it was a revelation. Caring for the plants and animals restored residents’ spirits and autonomy; many started dressing themselves, leaving their rooms and eating again. The number of prescriptions fell to half of that of a control nursing home, particularly for drugs that treat agitation. Medication costs plummeted, and so did the death rate.

“He named the approach the Eden Alternative — based on the idea that a nursing home should be less like a hospital and more like a garden — and it was replicated in hundreds of institutions in Canada, Europe, Japan and Australia as well as in all 50 U.S. states (the animal restriction in New York was voted down).”
Mary Grubbs's comment, February 9, 2:01 PM
This is one of the best stories I have read in quite a while. So many people end up homes that are not the best place to be. Why should these people have to go somewhere that treats them in ways that are almost inhumane. I feel they are given up on and just waiting for their time to end. This new program just shows how change can help with their health and their over well-being. I hope this catches on and allows for all homes to do this.
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Old shoes and duckweed

Old shoes and duckweed | Criminology and Economic Theory |
Singapore’s leaders like to attribute their country’s phenomenal economic success in part to the political system: one just contested enough to keep the government honest; but not so much that it risks losing power, meaning it can withstand populist temptations and plan for the future. Mr Lee’s proposed reforms are in that vein—making sure that the system has checks and balances, but only ones the government can control. As opposition leaders were quick to point out, they do not even touch some of the main sources of the PAP’s electoral magic: its public-housing programme; a pliant mainstream press; an election commission that is under the prime minister’s office; and a political climate, even now, where dissent seems a terrible career choice. That Singapore has thrived with so little real restraint on the government is also a tribute to the incorruptibility of the Lee family and their colleagues. Whether it can continue to thrive without them, and without more far-reaching political reform, is a gamble.
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Cyanide & Happiness (

Cyanide & Happiness ( | Criminology and Economic Theory |

Ridiculous shorts:

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And now for something completely's a Monty Python thing....

Mary Grubbs's comment, February 9, 2:21 PM
I was not expecting that. I laughed several times and watched it three times. I did not want it to end. Thank you for sharing.
Courtney Antilla's comment, February 11, 9:04 PM
I love this. You can even make this intellectual by relating it to the way one situation can be very different for everyone because of everyone's different perspectives. Very important to be aware of in court.
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Celebrated hunter crushed to death by baby elephant

Celebrated hunter crushed to death by baby elephant | Criminology and Economic Theory |
A celebrated Texas-born hunter was crushed to death by a baby elephant in Zimbabwe as he tried to measure its ivory tusks for an American client.

Ian Gibson, 55, was a lauded figure among U.S. safari enthusiasts, who would commission him to slaughter prized animals near his home in South Africa.

On Wednesday, he was tentatively approaching the young bull elephant in Zimbabwe's Zambezi Valley when the animal charged, and knelt on Gibson until he died.
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This is specific deterrence.  No one else may learn from this, but Gibson will never traffic in ivory again....

Austyn Hewitt's comment, February 11, 5:00 PM
This hunter knew what he was getting into when he went out for his hunt. Killing elephants for their tusks is cruel and unnecessary. This animal was simply defending himself because he felt he was in danger with the hunter being around. This incident should be a sign for other hunters that hunting wild animals for items like tusks is dangerous and should never happen in the first place.
Ashley von Borstel's comment, Today, 12:43 AM
I agree, he knew the risks. Honestly, I don't feel bad for him. It's cruel to hunt animals for prizes. Too bad other hunters will probably not look at his death as a warning.
Miranda Kay Grieser's comment, Today, 1:53 AM
I’ve never have been a fan of hunting. So the fact that this happened to him does not make me extremely sad. I think that this was Karma’s way of finally getting back to him for hunting so many animals. I know that his hunting was legal, but I am not even a fan of hunting deer. I get that we need meat to survive, but there is no reason to hunt exotic animals.
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Fear of Vengeful Gods Helped Societies Expand : DNews

Fear of Vengeful Gods Helped Societies Expand : DNews | Criminology and Economic Theory |
Religiosity may contribute to greater cooperation and collaboration despite geographic separation.
Miranda Kay Grieser's comment, Today, 2:00 AM
I am not extremely religious, so this article was a little hard to follow. I can’t really understand how people can make such life decisions based on higher religious powers that you never see. I think I am a person that has to see it or experience it to believe it. If some God were to make contact with me, I think I wouldn’t be so skeptical about what people do for their religion.
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The right way to do drugs

The right way to do drugs | Criminology and Economic Theory |
States can tax users to deter consumption—though not so much as to make consumers turn first to the untaxed black market. The “right” level of tax will depend on a country’s circumstances. In Latin America, where abuse is rare and the black market is bloody and powerful, governments should keep prices low. In the rich world, where problem use is more common and drug-dealers are a nuisance rather than a threat to national security, prices could be higher. One model is the United States after Prohibition: alcohol taxes were set low at first, to drive out the bootleggers; later, with the Mafia gone, they were ramped up.

A similar trade-off applies when determining what products to allow. Cannabis no longer means just joints. Legal entrepreneurs have cooked up pot-laced food and drink, reaching customers who might have avoided smoking the stuff. Ultra-strong “concentrates” are on offer to be inhaled or swallowed. Edibles and stronger strains help put the illegal dealers out of business, but they also risk encouraging more people to take the drug, and in stronger forms. The starting-point should be to legalise only what is already available on the black market. That would mean capping or taxing potency, much as spirits are taxed more steeply and are less available than beer. Again, the mix will vary. Europe may be able to ban concentrates. America already has a taste for them. If the product were outlawed there the mob would gladly step in.

In one respect, governments should be decidedly illiberal. Advertising is largely absent in the underworld, but in the legal world it could stimulate vast new demand. It should be banned. Likewise, alluring packaging and products, such as cannabis sweets that would appeal to children, should be outlawed, just as many countries outlaw flavoured cigarettes and alcohol-spiked sweets. The state should use the tax system and public education to promote the least harmful ways of getting high. The legal market has already created pot’s answer to the e-cigarette, which reduces the damage done by smoke to lungs.
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This is a balanced plan that Alaska should adopt....

mlsoden's comment, February 11, 12:43 PM
Being in law enforcement I am often surprised with the level of resistance to legalizing marijuana or other drugs. Alcohol is legal and causes as many health issues as any currently illicit or prescription drugs, yet there is not talk of outlawing alcohol. Many of the issues that arise around drugs occur because of their illicit or socially stigmatizing aspects. Crime, abuse and other issues could be addressed with aggressive, focused regulation. If Alaska continues on the path of legalization there needs to be tightly worded, and well funded regulation in order to make the transition successful.
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94 year old former Auschwitz guard goes on trial in Germany

94 year old former Auschwitz guard goes on trial in Germany | Criminology and Economic Theory |
DETMOLD, Germany (AP) — A 94-year-old former Auschwitz guard is going on trial on 170,000 counts of accessory to murder in western Germany, accused of serving in the death camp at a time when hundreds of thousands of Hungarian Jews were gassed.
Austyn Hewitt's comment, February 11, 5:15 PM
I had no idea there were even cases still going on involving the Holocaust. Should the men whom were apart of Auschwitz and the killing of the Jews be punished for their crimes? Yes, but what will happen with a 94 year old man who is found guilty? If he is even found guilty. At most this man has six years to live. Should he go and die in jail? Or is he to old and should live out the rest of his life like he has been for so many years?
Ashley von Borstel's comment, Today, 12:48 AM
He may be old, but that doesn't mean he should be released from his crimes. There are still survives from the Holocaust and they want justice. Even if it's small justice, they want some sort of relief.
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Oregon standoff: FBI surrounds occupiers at wildlife refuge -

Oregon standoff: FBI surrounds occupiers at wildlife refuge - | Criminology and Economic Theory |
The armed protesters occupying a wildlife refuge in Oregon have been surrounded, the FBI said on Wednesday.
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She Leaves A Note In The Glove Box In Case Her Car Was Stolen, And It's Quickly Going Viral!

She Leaves A Note In The Glove Box In Case Her Car Was Stolen, And It's Quickly Going Viral! | Criminology and Economic Theory |
This note actually worked.
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This is a sign of the vast amount of crime that goes unreported.  Much of the remedies of the world are ad hoc and don't involve the police (either because we're just too busy...or we make people feel unworthy...or the bureaucracy is too expensive)....

Courtney Antilla's comment, February 11, 8:47 PM
I always wondered if notes like this worked or not. But it does show how much crime is unreported. I personally would not be able to keep the promise of leaving police out of it. If my car was stolen I would be calling the police right away. Different mindsets for different people though.
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Jury selection starts for sex assault trial of former UAF hockey player

Jury selection starts for sex assault trial of former UAF hockey player | Criminology and Economic Theory |
FAIRBANKS — Jury selection began Monday in the trial of Nolan Christopher Youngmun, a former University of Alaska hockey player accused of raping a fellow student last spring.
Christa Lynch's comment, February 9, 3:51 PM
Unfortunately this young man was already perceived guilty in public opinion (not saying he is or isn't). Some people feel that his father's influence has protected him. Sexual assault is a major issue on campuses across the nation. Not to mention the fact that he was an athlete for UAF. I think some of this young man's statements are interesting, first he didn't have sex with one girl, then if he did, he doesn't remember. Was he too drunk to realize the consequences of his actions, or is he a serial sexual offender? Either way, there are multiple young lives ruined from this and at least it was reported.
William Estrin's comment, February 9, 5:32 PM
Rapes at universities has always been a very sore subject with me. I strongly believe it is an issue that is severely under-reported and overlooked. I believe that is happens way more than the public knows or realizes. It angers me, because I know the reasons behind this. Universities in this country are money-hungry businesses like any other and they care more about protecting their own reputations than ensuring justice for students that have been victims of a horribly traumatic, violent crime. I believe when a student reports a rape to the university, most of the time, the university lies to and manipulates the victim into taking a course of action that would be more beneficial to the university. The university does not want it to get out that there was a rape on their campus, because that would bring it bad publicity and in turn less profits. Many times, the university convinces the student to take a course of action that is vastly disproportional to the seriousness of the crime. And the university lies through their teeth. Rape is a violent first degree felony that deserves to be punished with a lengthy prison sentence, not a semester of academic probation! Rape is a 1st degree felony, not a university infraction! It angers me that universities lie and manipulate traumatized victims of rape in order to keep keep their pockets full. That is why I believe that anyone who is a victim of sexual assault on a college campus should ALWAYS go straight to the city police and not the university. Just based on what I read in this story, it sounds like he's undeniably guilty and he should get the prison sentence he deserves. Remember - Rape is a violent felony, NOT a simple university infraction and don't let anyone tell you otherwise.
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What School Suspensions and the Achievement Gap Have in Common

What School Suspensions and the Achievement Gap Have in Common | Criminology and Economic Theory |
A new study shows how much racial discrepancies in classroom discipline contribute to the achievement gap.
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Your Brain Is Primed To Reach False Conclusions

Your Brain Is Primed To Reach False Conclusions | Criminology and Economic Theory |
Paul Offit likes to tell a story about how his wife, pediatrician Bonnie Offit, was about to give a child a vaccination when the kid was struck by a seizure. Ha…
Courtney Antilla's comment, February 11, 8:57 PM
Interesting how this topic has been coming up in almost all of my classes this semester. Brains and especially our memories are very fragile. They are not as concrete as people think. This issue seems to be coming up in court more and more all the time.
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Africa’s leaders protect each other

Africa’s leaders protect each other | Criminology and Economic Theory |
ON JANUARY 28th the Ivory Coast’s Laurent Gbagbo became the first former head of state to go on trial before the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague. Three days later the African Union (AU) resolved, among other rude comments about the court, to support Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir in his determination to ignore the warrant for his arrest on charges of genocide in Darfur. It also expressed “deep concern regarding…the wisdom of the continued prosecution” of African leaders including Kenya’s deputy president, William Ruto, who faces charges of orchestrating violence after an election eight years ago. Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta, who faced similar charges which the ICC dropped in 2014, is urging African members of the ICC to withdraw from it.
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Debunking the Myth of Socialist “Success” in Scandinavia

Debunking the Myth of Socialist “Success” in Scandinavia | Criminology and Economic Theory |
In the new book Scandinavian Unexceptionalism: Culture, Markets and the Failure of Third-Way Socialism, academic Nima Sanandaji, Ph.D., makes an iron-clad case showing that the Nordic nations' relative success predates the welfare state and that socialism didn't lead to Scandinavia's success, but rather its back-pedaling. by Alex Newman
Michael Westmoreland's comment, February 9, 2:31 AM
This is a great read for understanding what Bernie Sanders is proposing for the United States. There are some promising variables in the socialist idea at face value. However, seeing the statistics in Scandinavia predating the welfare state it becomes gloomy. I think Bernie strategically is very effective using the face value of this system and countries using it. After reading this research the reader can see how the systems predating the welfare state were actually better. Then following multiple aspects became worse, but not drastic none the less. The thing is it looks like Scandinavia how a strong system in place and should not have broken what did not need to be fixed. Now the same idea is being promoted to well fix a broken system in America without citizens seeing what it did to other countries.
Courtney Antilla's comment, February 11, 9:01 PM
I think everyone needs to read this, especially before voting this year. This is something I hear about all the time by misimforormed, or half-informed people thinking Scandinavian countries have changed the world. Of course it looks good to us, were not paying the taxes or having to see or experience the downfalls of this system.
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This Canadian Lab Spent 20 Years Ruining Lives | VICE News

Four years ago, Yvonne Marchand lost custody of her daughter.

Even though child services found no proof that she was a negligent parent, that didn't count for much against the overwhelmingly positive results from a hair test. The lab results said she was abusing alcohol on a regular basis and in enormous quantities.

The test results had all the trappings of credible forensic science, and was presented by a technician from the Motherisk Drug Testing Laboratory at Toronto's Sick Kids Hospital, Canada's foremost children's hospital.

"I told them they were wrong, but they didn't believe me. Nobody would listen," Marchand recalls.

Motherisk hair test results indicated that Marchand had been downing 48 drinks a day, for 90 days. "If you do the math, I would have died drinking that much" Marchand says. "There's no way I could function."

The court disagreed, and determined Marchand was unfit to have custody of her daughter.
Colita Fiorenzi's comment, February 8, 2:53 AM
This article is maddening. You would think that if they were coming up with completely and utterly ridiculous conclusions, that someone would've stepped back and said "wait a second, is it me or is this wrong".
Mary Grubbs's comment, February 8, 11:38 PM
Being a mother of five I could not even imagine what it would be like to not see my children almost every day, let alone being taken away from me for something I didn't do. It makes me cringe that justice can have such a blind eye at times. I all for protecting the welfare of children, many go unnoticed unfortunately, so when time, energy, and money is used on a false belief that the science couldn't be wrong then it's criminal. The bond between a child and parent is so vitally important and when you break that bond it can have lasting negative affects upon the child for the rest of his or her life. I hope these people get things resolved and families that were wrongfully accused can begin to heal.
Michael Westmoreland's comment, February 9, 3:02 AM
3. They can’t even tell how many tests were false?!?! Marchand was showing 48 drinks a day on tests!?!? This is insane how is this not being talked about on an international scale among the all social classes? I have all these questions in mind, but as the article pointed out the people simply believed a professional organization would know what they are doing. Despite Marchand’s test results showing she should be killing herself every day. Kind of makes me thing about government run programs are there checks and balancing systems to prevent such great abuse of power. I wouldn’t be surprised to find out if there were other powerful organizations across broad categories getting away with such conduct.