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Sandusky's son says sex abuse testimony sounded familiar

Sandusky's son says sex abuse testimony sounded familiar | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Hearing the first victim to take the witness stand against Jerry Sandusky helped push the former Penn State coach's adopted son Matthew to come forward with his own allegations of abuse, he said in a television interview.
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This is important stuff if you ever end up investigating these crimes.  The sex act is often made to look like play or as an "accident".

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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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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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I have no experience with these, but I've seen amazing things with Cannabis....
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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

Theft is property | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
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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Thousands protest U.S. bases on Okinawa after Japan woman's murder

Thousands protest U.S. bases on Okinawa after Japan woman's murder | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Tens of thousands of people gathered in sweltering heat on Japan's Okinawa island on Sunday in one of the biggest demonstrations in two decades against U.S. military bases, following the arrest of an American suspected of murdering a local woman.
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Kim Gomez's comment, June 19, 11:50 PM
The person accused of murdering a local woman was a civilian worker, not a military member. While I am sad that a woman lost her life, I don't see how protesting having a military base there will solve the issue at hand. I believe the army base there did what they felt was appropriate and tried to ease tensions without success and it will be interesting to see what comes of these protests.
Lydia Weiss's comment, June 24, 3:39 AM
It is a terrible shame that a life was lost. However, this does prove that in times of trial, people will band together to defend their own. Really, would we do any differently?
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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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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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And Charles Tiebot, the late planner, would agree that it's good to have some communities be more conservative...this creates diverse towns from which citizens can choose where to live and under what conditions....
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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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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

Danny Murillo | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
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.
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Taking it to heart

Taking it to heart | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Foreigners, who are about a third of the country’s population of 30m, must find ways to cope in the 40°C heat. Many aren’t Muslim. Unlike Saudi citizens, many work on sweaty building sites, so going without water is a bit of a problem. They eat at home or sneak water and food during trips to the bathroom. Some hotels discreetly put on room service for “non-Muslim guests”.
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