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More bang for your buck

More bang for your buck | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
WARNING: We rarely feel the need to alert readers to explicit content. But our discussion of the online sex trade requires frank language, and some may find the...
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Another round of bar break violence has business owners worrying about downtown's image

Another round of bar break violence has business owners worrying about downtown's image | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
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.
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See Felson & Cohen's Routine Activity Theory for some background on the why of what's going on here....

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Routine_activity_theory

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Cap and Trade for Fuels | CA Fuel Facts

Cap and Trade for Fuels | CA Fuel Facts | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
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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).

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Parental suicide attempt linked to increased suicidal behavior in offspring

Parental suicide attempt linked to increased suicidal behavior in offspring | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Children of parents with a mood disorder who have attempted suicide may be up to five times more likely to make a suicide attempt themselves, according to a new study.
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Why Sweden has so few road deaths

Why Sweden has so few road deaths | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
LAST year 264 people died in road crashes in Sweden, a record low. Although the number of cars in circulation and the number of miles driven have both doubled...
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Dog's DNA Test Comes Back and the Results are Hilarious - BarkPost

Dog's DNA Test Comes Back and the Results are Hilarious - BarkPost | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
This owner can't handle his dog's truth.
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Can't unring the bell....

 

Stay 'til the end for the punchline...

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The Fight for the Overdose Drug

The campaign to get Naloxone—the substance that can reverse the effects of an otherwise-lethal heroin overdose—into the hands of the police, families, and addicts
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Merry Christmas: Gov. Jerry Brown Just Issued Dozens of Drug Pardons in California

Merry Christmas: Gov. Jerry Brown Just Issued Dozens of Drug Pardons in California | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
105 Pardons, Most For Nonviolent Drug Crimes...

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Return of the debtors' prison? Many still jailed for inability to pay fines | PBS NewsHour

Return of the debtors' prison? Many still jailed for inability to pay fines | PBS NewsHour | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
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
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Little red card

Little red card | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The Buddha tells the people he can fulfil only one of their wishes. Someone asks: “Could you lower the price of property in China so that people can afford it?”...
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As more inmates are released from prison, more parolees return

As more inmates are released from prison, more parolees return | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Randy Whittenburg was a "commendable" candidate for release from prison.

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Evidence That the Jim Crow Era Endures for Older Black Voters in the South

Evidence That the Jim Crow Era Endures for Older Black Voters in the South | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
In states like North Carolina and Georgia, the black share of registered voters remains low among those who reached voting age before 1965.

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L.A. violent crime rises for the first time in 12 years, LAPD says

L.A. violent crime rises for the first time in 12 years, LAPD says | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
For more than a decade, the Los Angeles Police Department has pointed to year-end statistics showing big drops in crime as proof the agency was making the city safer.
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Routine activity theory - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Routine activity theory

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.

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Why Emissions Trading is More Effective Than a Carbon Tax

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Here's a little more objective article on cap & trade policy.

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Banning ‘the box’ to help ex-convicts find jobs

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 →
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After warning of possible delay, Walker says pot regulations on schedule

After warning of possible delay, Walker says pot regulations on schedule | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
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.
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Have Human Rights Treaties Failed?

Have Human Rights Treaties Failed? | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Do international human rights treaties work to protect vulnerable populations, or should they be abandoned in favor of other measures?

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In Bahrain, tweeting for freedom is a crime!

In Bahrain, tweeting for freedom is a crime! | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it

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....all this is the work of the Al Khalifa terrorists in Bahrain....

 

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Double Blow for Parents of Jihadists: Losing Children, Then Their Community

Double Blow for Parents of Jihadists: Losing Children, Then Their Community | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
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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Gangs, sex trade a growing problem

Gangs, sex trade a growing problem | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Schoolgirls as young as 12 were coerced into the sex trade by gang members
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The truth about free will: Does it actually exist?

The truth about free will: Does it actually exist? | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Acclaimed philosopher Daniel Dennett explains why free will is much more complicated than many people believe
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