Some fear closing-time violence creates an impression that after midnight on weekends, gunfire is as common as ice melt on the streets of downtown Anchorage. Others say that impression itself is the most dangerous threat to the health of downtown.
Rob Duke's insight:
See Felson & Cohen's Routine Activity Theory for some background on the why of what's going on here....
New cap & trade program begins Jan. 1 in California. Based on work by Ron Coase and others. The economic theory is that markets work out efficient solutions no matter where property rights are assigned (also known as the Coase Theorem); so, by limiting the right to pollute to all those users that exist this year--even though we know that the demand would likely grow--we create a capped market. Since the "right to pollute" is capped, the most efficient users can bank their rights and sell them to those that are not as efficient. Also, all those users that could easily and/or cheaply upgrade to more efficient methods, have an incentive to do so, because they know there's a secondary market to sell their pollution credits. Instead of constricting the market, cap & trade encourages clean up at a rapid pace. The Coase Theorem is an important part of institutional theory, which is an important part of our understanding of how social and economic interaction works (crime and justice is just one small component of these system).
Cities across the country are increasingly turning to what are known as private probation companies to collect unpaid fines. But are indigent people ending up in jail because they can't afford to pay? Since NewsHour Weekend's first story on this issue aired last spring, the Childersburg Municipal Court issued a “standing order” stating that “In no case shall an indigent defendant be incarcerated … based solely on his or her inability to pay fines.” But the practice continues elsewhere in the cou
Routine activity theory is a sub-field of crime opportunity theory that focuses on situations of crimes (e.g., you are more likely to be robbed or a victim of assault in the park than in your locked home). It has been developed by Marcus Felson and Lawrence E.
Many employers require job applicants to disclose any criminal history, often preventing those with a record from reentering the workforce. But Illinois is one of a number of states working to change this, with a new law prohibiting employers from asking about convictions on initial applications. Special correspondent Brandis Friedman of WTTW reports on the “ban the box” movement. Continue reading →
Gov. Bill Walker announced that after meeting with numerous Alaska government agencies, he now feels confident marijuana regulations will be implemented as scheduled. Meanwhile, the state expects the first marijuana-related business licenses to be issued by May 2016.
After a Muslim family’s twin daughters left England for Syria in order to join the Islamic State, they faced isolation from those in their community who feared even a tangential connection to terrorism.
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