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More Than 60 Shot, 9 Dead in Chicago's Bloody Holiday Weekend

More Than 60 Shot, 9 Dead in Chicago's Bloody Holiday Weekend | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Independence Day celebrations were marred by multiple shootings in Chicago that reportedly left at least nine dead and 60 injured.
The first fatal shooting occurred around 2:30 a.m. Friday, kicking off a violent weekend for the city.
Corey Hudson, 34, was killed after a car pulled up and someone...
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20 Tech Companies Ranked On How Much Slave Labor They Use

20 Tech Companies Ranked On How Much Slave Labor They Use | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
HP has a policy on recruitment that separates it from other companies, Moote says. It tells contractors to hire workers directly, rather than using intermediaries who present higher risks. Apple and Cisco, which come second and third in the list, both look to reimburse recruitment fees. Apple says its paid $25.6 million to workers since 2008, including $4.7 million last year alone.

Moote says the industry has made some progress to clean up its act in the last decade. But the overall level of performance is still low. The average score among the 20 companies is only 39 out of 100, with the average for the recruitment theme only 19 points. "Eighteen of the 20 have some kind of awareness of these issues, but what we need to see more of is the implementation process. That's where the big gap is," Moote says.
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Father stops Tennessee man during attempted rape of 7-year-old

Father stops Tennessee man during attempted rape of 7-year-old | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The unidentified dad detained Sebastian Alonzo, 21, to prevent the heinous crime
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Man sentenced to life in prison for beating caught on nanny cam

Man sentenced to life in prison for beating caught on nanny cam | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Shawn Custis punched and kicked his victim repeatedly and threw her down a flight of stairs.
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Inside The Chicago Program That Is Slashing Youth Crime Rates

Inside The Chicago Program That Is Slashing Youth Crime Rates | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
"They learn that the kid sitting across from them in the circle has those same fears, has those same anxieties and that it's OK."
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Michaela Cameron's comment, June 30, 3:13 PM
I'd like to explore this one using social learning theory and Social reaction or labeling. These kids are learning to become criminals and murderers in an environment that raised them that way. When all of your peers are in a gang then you are going to join that gang. This program doesn't tell these kids how to act but it helps them sit down and think about their morals and values and justifications for their actions which is what most cognitive therapy is as well. For them to understand their "rival's" justification and mirror those onto themselves then they are able to learn from others behaviors to reduce violence. These kids have been labeled criminals and I think that this program will help them realize that they don't need to adopt that identity but that they can change and live differently. Providing positive labels allows for these kids to self-fulfill into those identities instead of negative ones. In this case it is creating an identity that doesn't mark them as an "easy victim". This program is probably so helpful because it does not pretend like their environment is positive or different and accepts the reality of where they are and who they hang out with.
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The fascinating, strange medical potential of psychedelic drugs, explained in 50+ studies

The fascinating, strange medical potential of psychedelic drugs, explained in 50+ studies | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Psychedelic drugs like LSD and psilocybin (from magic mushrooms) are in the middle of a research renaissance. Here's why.
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Bully pulpit

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ABOVE the announcement for confessions on Tuesday at 7pm, the weekly bulletin for St Rose of Lima’s church near Philadelphia had an unusual notice for parishioners with the heading, “JUST SO YOU ARE AWARE”. It stated that Nick Miccarelli voted in favour of House Bill 1947. The legislation would abolish the criminal statute of limitations for future child sexual abuse cases, including rape, incest and statutory sexual assault. In addition to sitting in the statehouse, Mr Miccarelli is a member of the parish.

Many states are revising their statutes of limitations for assault. Delaware has done so—a wave of lawsuits followed—as has California. New York’s statehouse considered a bill this month that would have extended its statute of limitations by five years. Pennsylvania’s bill would allow civil cases for child sexual abuse to be filed against public and private institutions, and extend the statute of limitations for civil cases from 30 to 50 years (the average male victim does not come forward until he is in his late 30s, women come forward even later on average). The state senate’s judiciary committee is considering whether to send the bill to the floor for a vote.
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UNICEF | #FightUnfair

UNICEF |  #FightUnfair | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it

Millions are being left behind – disadvantaged, endangered and deprived of everything they need to thrive. It doesn’t need to be this way. Investing in the poorest children not only improves their lives, but also their children’s lives – breaking the vicious cycle of poverty.

The #FightUnfair campaign asks you to take actions to spread awareness and hold governments accountable for ensuring a better future for every child.

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Amazing Place: Six Cities Using the New Recipe for Economic Development | Smart Growth America

Amazing Place: Six Cities Using the New Recipe for Economic Development | Smart Growth America | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
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What role does good planning (e.g. jobs-housing mix, investment in civic spaces, parks, etc.) have in reducing crime?  Look at Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design or CPTED for more...
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Theft is property

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IS IT theft if no rules are broken? That is what users of the DAO, a futuristic investment fund, were left pondering after June 17th, when an unknown attacker made off with around 3.6m “ether”, an online currency similar to bitcoin. As cyber-heists go, it was a big one: the ether were worth about $55m at the time of the attack, about a third of the DAO’s assets. But the DAO, which stands for Decentralised Autonomous Organisation, does not have rules as such, or staff to enforce them: instead, it has computer code, which is supposed to embody its purpose and to operate automatically. If the attacker found a flaw in the code, whose fault is that? Indeed, some cyber-libertarians are arguing that whereas the heist was not a crime, altering digital ledgers to retrieve the lost ether would be an affront to the whole project.

Like bitcoin, ether relies on a “blockchain”—a public ledger, distributed among lots of the system’s users, which records all transactions. Bitcoin’s blockchain handles mainly financial transactions, but ether’s can run computer code, including self-executing “smart contracts”, like those underpinning the DAO.
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50 Cent Arrested for Profanity-Laced Concert in St. Kitts

50 Cent Arrested for Profanity-Laced Concert in St. Kitts | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
50 Cent was reportedly arrested Saturday following a concert on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts after cursing onstage, which is prohibited by law.
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Orlando shooting: Man who says he was Omar Mateen's gay lover speaks out

Orlando shooting: Man who says he was Omar Mateen's gay lover speaks out | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
In an interview with Univision, a man claims he first met Omar Mateen on the gay dating app Grindr, says they were "friends with benefits"
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Lydia Weiss's comment, June 24, 3:36 AM
I know this was definitely a theory that was being thrown around. That Mateen was gay, and didn't want to accept that, so he took it out on other gays, but again, that's just some speculation I've seen circulating the web. Maybe it's true, maybe it's not.
Gunner Young's comment, June 28, 4:07 PM
I think that this puts a different look on the shooting and why it was done. Finding out that Mateen was a regular at the nightclub and may have been homosexual himself may cause the investigation of his actions and his claim to ISIS to go on for sometime. I find it interesting that this information wasn't released early on.
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Sheriff Gusman's former chief deputy charged in off-duty detail scandal

Sheriff Gusman's former chief deputy charged in off-duty detail scandal | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Jerry Ursin, the former Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office chief deputy who resigned in April amid an off-duty detail scandal, has been charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, federal authorities said Tuesday (June 21).

Authorities accuse Ursin of taking part in a "scheme" to create "ghost employees" who, in a five-year period from 2009 to January 2014, were paid by Mardi Gras Krewes and festival organizers for security services they never performed.

Ursin received more than $2,300 in checks from former OPSO Colonel Roy Austin, whose private security company, Austin Sales and Services, overbilled event organizers for security services never performed, the four-page bill of information states.
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Doctors received $6.5 billion from drug and device companies in 2015

Doctors received $6.5 billion from drug and device companies in 2015 | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Doctors received $6.5 billion worth of payments — including meals, research grants and charitable contributions from drug and medical device companies in the last year, according to new data released Thursday by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. They also owned a little over $1 billion in stock in the industry.
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Police: Suspect Decapitated Girlfriend's Suspected Rapist

Police: Suspect Decapitated Girlfriend's Suspected Rapist | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. - Prosecutors in northern Minnesota have filed murder charges against a man they say decapitated the person who he thought had raped his girlfriend. 
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SF expanding program that has bused 10K homeless residents out of town in past decade - The San Francisco Examiner

SF expanding program that has bused 10K homeless residents out of town in past decade - The San Francisco Examiner | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
“Get your ass out of here.” That’s the title Bilal Ali, a homeless man living at a city shelter, gave to San Francisco’s decade-old program providing free one-way Greyhound bus »
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Michaela Cameron's comment, June 30, 3:01 PM
I had heard of this program in the past and to me it makes no sense, but I'm going to try to look at it from a social structure and strain perspective. Structurally, the city has neighborhoods with poor populations that rely on panhandling which creates a culture in that area. The city wants less panhandlers to avoid creating negative images of their town and promoting more of them. The strain is that with such a high population housing is through the roof and many people are homeless. This culture of panhandling is inviting to those who are homeless o they come from other areas to be homeless here. This influx of homeless created the need for public assistance and resources which are helpful but cannot handle the numbers of homeless that exist. That being said I believe there needs to be much more follow up and planning on how to not create this environment elsewhere or send these people to places where similar strains exist and don’t have the resources that San fan has.
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Who's Killing the Legal Pot Buzz in Colorado?

Who's Killing the Legal Pot Buzz in Colorado? | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Communities are pushing back against recreational marijuana.
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Where are the alarm bells?

Where are the alarm bells? | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
My simple questions: Why are Fairbanks’ police officers currently so demoralized that they are choosing to pack up and leave city service? Where is the sense of alarm? Why is this not the leading topic of conversation amongst City Council representatives as we approach an upcoming mayoral election? The trend of active-duty, mid-career officers choosing to leave city service has been mirrored by an unprecedented wave of city department heads and staffers also choosing to leave under the current administration — six department heads at last count, along with a chief of staff, city clerk and executive assistant.
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It's not an easy balance to strike between a strong mayor and professional and independent police.  We went through an entire era where the Tammany Halls of the world controlled the police--and we had to have an entire Progressive Movement to stamp it out.  In this modern era of increase scrutiny of our police, how far do we intend to slide back?  The rumblings in the police business are that we are nearly there where you keep your job only if you toe the company line.  This isn't the way to control corruption!  You can't have some special interest supporting candidates and then the candidate gets to tell the entire government what to do.  It's a team sport that requires the participation of everyone from the ground up.  Even then, the public spirit can run amok and there is a place for the constraints placed on a profession by the wider civil society.  That's what we risk losing every time we slide back to rule by local politics....
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UAA Justice Center

The Justice Center at University of Alaska Anchorage provides justice-related teaching, reasearch, and service to the state of Alaska.
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Introducing “Amazing Place” | Smart Growth America

Introducing “Amazing Place” | Smart Growth America | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
For decades, local economic development has revolved around enticing companies to relocate with tax breaks and subsidies. There are a lot of problems with this approach, but perhaps the biggest is that today, it’s a strategy that often simply doesn’t work.

A new trend in local economic development is emerging. Talented workers—and the companies who want to employ them—are increasingly moving to walkable neighborhoods served by transit, with a vibrant mix of restaurants, cafes, shops, cultural attractions, and affordable housing options.
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I've lived in a walkable town served by transit and it's a dream...a pleasant side effect is that everyone knows your name and there's very little crime because of that connectedness....
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Michaela Cameron's comment, June 30, 3:20 PM
I feel that these cities are working to create an environment where deviance is not socially learned as in such a small community it would be difficult to not be apprehended. Creating this environment creates a small society with its own cultural norms and values. I visit Portland a lot and although it is a big city there are many small neighborhoods where people leave their bikes unlocked and kids play in the street because crime is so low that they don't worry. I grew up in Ester where my parents never even had a key to the front door because it was never locked. The problem I see is these communities growing rapidly and the economy needing to keep up. If people aren't able to afford housing on their income then they will leave and the difference between the upper and lower class will grow causing the environment to shift. Finding and keeping these talented workers requires opportunities for growth within the careers available.
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Bullying, Excessive Internet Use Increases Teen Suicide Risk, Study Finds

Bullying, Excessive Internet Use Increases Teen Suicide Risk, Study Finds | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among teens, study shows.
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Growing Sober - Modern Farmer

Growing Sober - Modern Farmer | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Can farm rehab keep addicts clean?
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Gunner Young's comment, June 28, 3:28 PM
I think that this program is a really great thing for those who have become addicts and want to change. It is a lot different than the programs that are often advertised for addicts. Unlike those 9 step programs that just get the user off of drugs, programs like San Patrignano can help addicts completely get off drugs and learn ways to live life without substance abuse. I think that these programs can also help addicts find alternative ways of living by exposing them to different jobs.
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"Hell in a can": Watch what it's like to become a guard at a private prison

"Hell in a can": Watch what it's like to become a guard at a private prison | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The first episode of the video series, "My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard"
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At least 10 people injured at California rally, authorities say

At least 10 people injured at California rally, authorities say | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Ten people were injured Sunday after violence broke out between a white supremacist group and counter-protesters, said authorities in Sacramento, California.
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Danny Murillo

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Danny Murillo will work to empower formerly incarcerated students by creating a network of people throughout California who have successfully made the transition from incarceration to higher education.
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Lydia Weiss's comment, June 24, 3:37 AM
I like this concept. Seems to be similar to what I've heard about restorative justice from a coworker/friend. I think that this could be a really good idea, personally.