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Here's The Crime-Ridden Hellscape That Is Colorado After Legal Weed

Here's The Crime-Ridden Hellscape That Is Colorado After Legal Weed | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
By Daniel Wallis DENVER, July 3 (Reuters) - At the Native Roots Apothecary, a discreet marijuana shop in a grand old building in Denver's busy 16th street shopping mall, business is so brisk that customers are given a number before ...
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Inside the Feds' All-Out War Against the Latin Kings of Florida | VICE | United States

Inside the Feds' All-Out War Against the Latin Kings of Florida  | VICE | United States | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The intense law-enforcement focus on the Florida criminal organization has resulted in dozens of its members being locked up—and now it's the largest gang in the state prison system.
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Supreme Court overturns Facebook threats case in name of free speech

Supreme Court overturns Facebook threats case in name of free speech | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The Supreme Court ruled in a closely watch case that defines when an online rant is free speech, and when it becomes a criminal threat.
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The Kansas Supreme Court challenged Republicans' agenda. Their solution: Replace the judges.

The Kansas Supreme Court challenged Republicans' agenda. Their solution: Replace the judges. | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Gov. Sam Brownback's tax-slashing crusade threatens to become a full-blown constitutional crisis.

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Rana Plaza Factory Owner to Face Murder Charges

Over 1,100 people died in Bangladesh's worst ever industrial disaster
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Silk Road sentencing: why governments can't win the war on internet drugs

Silk Road sentencing: why governments can't win the war on internet drugs | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Dread Pirate Roberts may have been sentenced to life, but experts and customers say the tide has turned and internet markets for illicit products are here to stay

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Julian Buchanan's curator insight, Today, 3:05 AM

Drugs are going to continue to be bought and used - and the internet ‘eBay-type’ service offered greater safety and quality control for purchasers, so all we’ve done is make it more dangerous. How can that be sensible? 

Clay Faris's comment, Today, 4:48 AM
It isn't sensible. It is a continuation of the failed policies (40+ years now) of the "war on drugs". But you know, hey, let's keep right on pretending that what we do makes a difference. At its core the drug issue is simple economics......law of supply and demand. Prohibition doesn't work.
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In South Africa, continuing racism leads blacks to doubt Mandela's vision

In South Africa, continuing racism leads blacks to doubt Mandela's vision | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Early one weekend morning, just after the nightclubs had closed, three young white men ambled into the harsh fluorescent light of a South African takeout food franchise. They whistled at the staffers, all of them black, tugged their clothing and pulled their caps askew. When customers Sikhulekile Duma and two fellow black students told them to stop, they said people who didn't speak Afrikaans didn't belong there.
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I managed a Washington, D.C., brothel: sex secrets from the nation’s capital

I managed a Washington, D.C., brothel: sex secrets from the nation’s capital | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
I called myself Madam Mike but the escorts rolled their eyes. You'd be surprised by what a usual day was like
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It's such a tragedy patrolling "photo studios" that rent cameras and "models" to men for a "photo shoot", but strangely no film is even sold there.....

 

Or the sex show booths....

 

All very real and very modern.

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Clay Faris's comment, Today, 4:26 AM
There is an argument to be made, I believe, that prostitution is a victimless crime......that the "World's Oldest Profession" shouldn't really be illegal at all. I realize that's a bit simplistic, as it avoids many of the very serious issues involved (human trafficking, sex slaves, etc), but there it is. I have always found it an interesting double standard that paying a woman (or man) to have sex with me is illegal, but paying a woman (or man) to have sex with me while I have a camera set up is not. That is porn.
Rob Duke's comment, Today, 4:32 AM
Clay, yes and Gary Becker (Univ. of Chicago) won a Nobel Prize for asking why we don't consider men and women's marriage, concubinage, serial monogamy, etc. that is often involved in a trade of services (e.g. housework, child rearing, sex) for income (i.e., providing a home, paying utilities, etc.) to be similar to the more straight-forward transaction of sex-for-money. Interestingly, in Muslim cultures to this day (even in places like Iran and Saudi Arabia) a man can arrange a temporary marriage that may last as little as one day. You can hardly blame Becker for pointing out these inconsistencies.
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Can the Sequential Intercept Model help with behavioral health justice? | OUPblog

Can the Sequential Intercept Model help with behavioral health justice? | OUPblog | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
There is now pending legislation in the United States Senate and the U.S. House involving the diversion of justice-involved individuals with behavioral health disorders from standard prosecution. Both bills use the Sequential Intercept Model (SIM), developed by Mark Munetz and Patty Griffin in collaboration with Hank Steadman, as an organizing tool to help structure the proposed law. What is the SIM? How can it be used?
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Rotarians with chains on (and a penchant for murder)

Rotarians with chains on (and a penchant for murder) | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Motorbike gangs in America date back to the 1940s, when thrill-seeking former soldiers spent their earnings on powerful machines. According to the FBI, there are now more than 300. Some traffick drugs and weapons, and in many parts of the country police claim they are the most violent threat present. In other ways, however, they are more like Rotarians: they also run charity events and attend annual general meetings.

They have spread globally, too. The Justice Department thinks the Bandidos have up to 2,500 members in 14 countries; only the Hells Angels are bigger. Recently they have become infamous in the Netherlands; on May 8th Dutch Bandidos members smashed a café in Sittard. They have been fighting for years with Hells Angels in Germany and Sweden.
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Peter Krieger's comment, May 31, 9:22 PM
I remember hearing about this article and being amazed. I had always heard about biker gangs and "shootouts" from the show Sons of Anarchy, but never thought anything like it would happen in real life. Reading the article and thinking about what happened just blows my mind. The thought of around 200 biker gang members "duking" it out in public is crazy to think about. Obviously there is a lot to consider with rivalries such as in sports, however there is always a line and clearly it was crossed here in Texas. I understand people want to be a part of a biker gang and they decide to believe and act how they may but they are also responsible for their actions. In this case of bail being set at 1 million. Its unfortunate that something like this happened, but hopefully we can prevent something like this from happening in the future.
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‘Ordinary People’ Ignorant About Inequality? Perhaps Not So Much

‘Ordinary People’ Ignorant About Inequality? Perhaps Not So Much | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Research suggests Americans don't know key facts about economic inequality and poverty. But here are some of the questions they couldn't answer.
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Why Good People Do Bad Things AND How To Stop Them - PsyBlog

Why Good People Do Bad Things AND How To Stop Them - PsyBlog | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
How to stop people carrying out unethical behaviours. 

People who anticipate temptation are less likely to do bad things, a new study finds. The research also found that when people thought unethical behaviour reflected poorly on them, they also resisted. Dr Oliver Sheldon, one of the study’s authors, said:

“People often think that bad people do bad things and good people do good things, and that unethical behavior just comes down to character.

But most people behave dishonestly sometimes, and frequently, this may have more to do with the situation and how people view their own unethical behavior than character, per se.”


Via Alessandro Cerboni, Jocelyn Stoller
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SeaBoundRhino's comment, May 31, 6:31 PM
Putting ourselves on the internet is much easier to do today than some 10 years ago and because of this it is easier to see what the general populous finds acceptable and unacceptable for any situation. I believe that the world is full of good and bad decisions, not good and bad people per se. On top of that, our perception of good and bad changes frequently enough that it is hard to define what good and bad are. If you ask someone what makes someone a good person, their response will inevitably include someone who doesn't break the laws, however with our changing ideals on what is good and bad there really is no set thing that makes someone better than someone else.
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Racism And Sexism Could Be "Unlearnt" During Sleep

Racism And Sexism Could Be "Unlearnt" During Sleep | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
It sounds like some dystopian future where our behavior is altered whilst we sleep, but scientists have been able to show that levels of prejudice can actually be modified by influencing the way the brain learns during nap time.

Via Clem Stanyon, Jocelyn Stoller
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Hmmm...the flip side is these same things might be taught in the same manner.  Scary thought....

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Clem Stanyon's curator insight, May 30, 11:35 PM

Maybe there is a way to 'fix stupid,' after all! Here, music is used as a bridge between associations made while awake and the processing of those while sleeping, strengthening them. What is most surprising is how much and how enduring is the change, from only a *single* treatment.

Sure, there are ethical implications to this; there are also ethical implications for *not* using it, when the person being treated my be a vicious homophobe, for example, responsible for brutal assault as a result of their negative associations; this may actually be quite a pleasant alternative to time spent in prison.

Brittney Menzel's comment, Today, 5:00 PM
Wow! The things people are now capable. I think this could be a very useful thing. It could also potentially be very harmful. Not only should the ethics behind the matter be considered, so should several other matters. How effective is it? Does it produce lasting results? How much will it cost to implement it? What can be done to ensure it is only used in the proper way.
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Martin Luther’s pro-sex shocker: “Does the pope set up laws? Let him set them up for himself and keep hands off my liberty”

Martin Luther’s pro-sex shocker: “Does the pope set up laws? Let him set them up for himself and keep hands off my liberty” | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Adultery, impotence, fornication, masturbation: Centuries ago, Martin Luther's ideas were way ahead of their time
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Patriot Act Surveillance Provisions Expire After Senate Showdown

Patriot Act Surveillance Provisions Expire After Senate Showdown | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The NSA's authority to collect bulk telephone metadata under the Patriot Act expired at midnight after senators were unable to make a deal.
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Judges demand answers after children die in cancer vaccine trial

Judges demand answers after children die in cancer vaccine trial | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The trials involved young tribal girls who were given shots of Merck's Gardasil vaccine and Cervarix. Campaigners have also asked judges to investigate trials of the new drug Gardasil 9.

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Marianne PokeBunny Lenaerts's curator insight, May 31, 10:24 PM

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2908963/Judges-demand-answers-children-die-controversial-cancer-vaccine-trial-India.html

Dorothy Retha Cook's curator insight, Today, 5:36 AM

SIS THIS VACCINE GET TESTED ON ANIMALS FIRST AND IF SO SIS IT GIVE THE ANIMALS CANCER AND THEY JUST WROTE IT OFF AND DECIDED TO TRY IT ON THE LESS FORTUNATE HUMANS THAT HAE NEED OF VACCINE INCLUDING CHILDREN. IF WE NEVER KNOW FROM WHENCE OUR HELP COME WHY IS THE GOVERNMENT ALLOWING ELIMINATION BT VACCINE OR NOT!

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'Love locks' to be removed from Paris bridge

'Love locks' to be removed from Paris bridge | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it

"The city of Paris will start removing padlocks from the Pont des Arts on Monday, effectively ending the tourist tradition of attaching 'love locks' to the bridge. For years, visitors have been attaching locks with sentimental messages to the bridge in symbolic acts of affection. Some further seal the deal by throwing keys into the Seine River below.  It was considered charming at first, but the thrill wore off as sections of fencing on the Pont des Arts crumbled under the locks' weight. The bridge carries more than 700,000 locks with an estimated combined weight roughly the same as 20 elephants."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, May 31, 9:20 PM

Graffiti, tombstones, love locks, monuments...each of these are manifestations of people's desire to have some tangible impact on the landscape.  Something that manifests a connection to place in a profoundly personal way. 


Questions to Ponder: Why do people want leave a mark on places that are meaningful to them?  When do you think that they that these markers are appropriate or inappropriate?  Do we have more of a 'right' to mark some places than others? Why do many oppose these personal marks on the landscape? 


Tags: placeculture, landscape, Paris, tourism.

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Ex-Fifa vice president Jack Warner swallows Onion spoof

Ex-Fifa vice president Jack Warner swallows Onion spoof | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Football executive uses story from satirical website as basis for defending Fifa against US
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American Justice??????? We've been played........

American Justice???????  We've been played........ | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it

American Justice???????  We've been played........ 


Via Randy L. Dixon Rivera
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Always consider the source, but it's an interesting question: is the Holder Memo reasonable in this?  Should we be interested in collateral damage?  Should we reward companies that cooperate and later admit guilt after fixing the problems?  Should this include only fines and no imprisonment?

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The Missing Statistics of Criminal Justice

The Missing Statistics of Criminal Justice | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
An abundance of data has fueled the reform movement, but from prisons to prosecutors, crucial questions remain unquantified.
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Texas Legislature Passes Historic Bill Decriminalizing Truancy

Texas Legislature Passes Historic Bill Decriminalizing Truancy | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The Failure to Attend School, or “truancy” would no longer be a criminal offense under a historic bill that passed both chambers of the Texas Legislature on Saturday, May 30.
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Eric Lee's comment, Today, 1:31 AM
I'm surprised that truancy is even a thing to begin with. Not only is it bad enough that there is a such thing as public schools, but to think that you can actually go to jail for not going to these schools is draconian to say the least. These kinds of victimless crimes should of course have been decriminalized but it's a shame that there was even such law to begin with.
Clay Faris's comment, Today, 4:35 AM
^ Eric stole my thunder. Well said. Truancy is a status offense. If kids don't want to go to school (or their parents don't want to make them) that is their problem. They will pay for it down the road one way or another. I fail to see why this story is such a big deal.
Rob Duke's comment, Today, 4:37 AM
I guess in Texas it was still a crime. I've always lived in a system where it was just a status offense. I can't imagine sending a kid to jail for skipping school....
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In Norway, A Prison Built On Second Chances

In Norway, A Prison Built On Second Chances | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The inmates have private cells and dine with the guards. Norway spends three times as much as the U.S. per prisoner. Norwegians say it pays off, with less than half the U.S. recidivism rate.
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SeaBoundRhino's comment, May 31, 6:19 PM
This topic on how we should treat our prisoners is very controversial. We all want and expect to be treated with respect and empathy, however when someone breaks the laws it seems as if all those expectations go out the window. I don't know that the world is full of good or bad people, I think the world is full of good and bad decisions. So quickly we define a person by their actions and sometimes it is true, but not everyone can be defined by just their actions alone.
Peter Krieger's comment, May 31, 9:12 PM
This is a topic that is very talked about and discussed all the time. This is an interesting approach to incarceration but for them it seems to be working. To me it seems as if they are trying to reintegrate the prisoner into society, so rather than locking them up for 23 hours a day, they have them attend classes, watch tv and various other things. Now one could look at that and say, well whats the punishment there? Most prisoners could have had worse home situations then in the maximum security prison, which is weird to think about. As discussed in the article, I do not feel that something like this wold be successful and or beneficial in United States. It's a unique strategy used by the Norwegians, but one that they feel is beneficial and the pros outweigh the cons.
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What’s in a name?

What’s in a name? | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Still doing the right thing, he’s sure MORE than a quarter of a century has passed since Spike Lee made “Do the Right Thing”—a film about racial tensions...
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Marei Benton's comment, May 31, 5:16 PM
I think I may have hallucinated mid-article... Did it just say that Spike Lee's new movie about inner city Chicago is going to be based upon Aristophanes' Lysistrata?? Did I really read that or did I perhaps have a stroke mid-sentence somewhere?
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Why some illicit drugs are becoming purer

Why some illicit drugs are becoming purer | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
WITH competition and technology improving the substances on the market, these are high times for discerning drug users    
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As to be expected as these markets become more transparent and more competitive.  Ulbrecht did wrong by ordering murders, but Silk Road (and other copycats) are providing alternative markets to the "street".

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Al-Shabab leader says he quit Somali terror group

Al-Shabab leader says he quit Somali terror group | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Zakariya Ismail Hersi, extremist intel chief, renounces violence of al Qaeda-linked group, calls for reconciliation

Via Grace Christian Kisame K, Jocelyn Stoller
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Like the IRA, some leaders were able to be converted to "political" operators.  Once this occurred, it was just a matter of letting the people decide in legitimate political forums.  Eventually, even the Real IRA bowed to these popular masters.

Nation building is more complex than this, but it's encouraging to read this story (assuming Hersi is genuinely interested in renouncing extremism and violence).

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20 Charged in 'Sexting' Scandal in Two New Jersey Schools

20 Charged in 'Sexting' Scandal in Two New Jersey Schools | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
An unnamed adult and 19 juveniles allegedly exchanged nude and partially nude photos of female students.
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New crime trends inspired by technology....

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William Estrin's comment, May 31, 3:00 PM
The first thing I thought of when I started reading this article even before they mentioned it was the DC sniper back in the day. I know they said that there have been incidents of shattered windshields, but I’m curious as to what else leads law enforcement to believe that the two shootings are related. Either way, I sincerely hope they catch the person or persons behind these shootings before they can do anymore damage. My thoughts go out to the people in Colorado. The best advice I can say is to just be very aware of your surroundings and to take precautions if anything seems to be amiss, such as a car that seems to be following you. What baffles me is the motive behind these shootings. It doesn’t seem like the person gains any reward from random shooting like that except maybe sick excitement.
Eric Lee's comment, Today, 2:08 AM
It makes no sense to bring criminal charges of invasion of privacy to anyone in this case. SHE posed for the pictures, SHE was the initial distributor of the pictures, SHE was the one that gave up her reasonable expectation of privacy. If you don't want things to come back and haunt you, don't leave any traces of stupidity behind. It's really simple as that. I have hardly any sympathy for people that do inappropriate things like that and expect to be treated as the "victim". On that note, the invasion of privacy charges don't seem right. As long as the people naked in photographs are consenting adults, regardless of who saw it after the initial receiver of the pictures, the government needs to stay out of it. Judging by the absence of child pornography charges, I'm going to assume that she was of age in the pictures. Posting naked picture to others is hardly a behavior of someone that cares about their own privacy. I'm not saying what the 20 alleged offenders did was right, but there shouldn't be a legal battle over this. I hope that they're found not guilty of the ridiculous charges.
Brittney Menzel's comment, Today, 5:13 PM
So, where did these males originally receive the photos? Were they originally sent by a 'friend' a girlfriend? I'm a little on the other side here. I am in a fully committed relationship and I would certainly never send a picture to my husband-to-be. It's just not something I would do. These girls took the picture/had it taken and sent it out or somehow gave access to it to someone. Technology today is not something to mess around with. If you don't want it out there, don't do it. Pretty simple. I am not excusing these young men for what they have done... I'm just saying that I don't feel all the blame belongs to them in my opinion.