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Victims’ justice

Victims’ justice | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
PRISONS in Japan are filling up with an unexpected group: the elderly. For the first time, more crimes are being committed by people over 65 than by those aged...
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Should Britain abolish the monarchy?

Should Britain abolish the monarchy? | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
On September 9th, Queen Elizabeth II will become the longest-serving monarch in Britain's history. Below, three Economist writers argue for different futures for the...
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​GM settles criminal case over ignition switches

​GM settles criminal case over ignition switches | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Automaker will forfeit $900 million, retain independent monitor after concealing deadly problem with small-car ignition switches
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I Walked Around a Music Festival Asking to Test People's Drugs | VICE | United States

I too was interested in all the bagged-up stuff strapped to people's genitals, but not for the same reasons as the police and security officers manning the entrances. I'd brought with me a pile of home drug testing kits, which allow you to measure the purity of your narcotic substance and see what else it's been cut with. Reason being: I wanted to find out exactly what young people are ramming into their bodies at high speed during British music festivals, and if they care that it might all be full of nasty cutting agents used to de-worm farm animals.
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x was ok.  most everything else was cut down with over-the-counter meds or vet products--some of which are nasty, over time, for human consumption.

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More neighbours make more fences

More neighbours make more fences | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
EUROPE will soon have more physical barriers on its national borders than it did during the Cold War. This year’s refugee crisis, combined with Ukraine's on-going conflict with Russia, has seen governments plan and construct border walls and security fences across Mediterranean and eastern Europe
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How countries spend their money

How countries spend their money | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
IT SEEMS a country's spending reflects its national stereotypes, according to household expenditure data compiled by Eurostat: Russians splash 8% of their money on...
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How a Cat Parasite Affects Your Behavior, Mental Health, and Sex Drive | VICE | United States

How a Cat Parasite Affects Your Behavior, Mental Health, and Sex Drive | VICE | United States | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
We used to believe that a healthy human could control the Toxoplasma parasite indefinitely. New evidence suggests the opposite. Through a delicate finessing of the neurotransmitters in our brains, it is us who are being controlled.
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What Is Life Like After Attempting Suicide? | VICE | United States

We spoke to five suicide attempt survivors about the awesome lives they went on to live.
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Courtney Thompson's comment, September 14, 2015 1:51 AM
It is hard to see that so many people go to suicide and feel as though that is their only way to escape the struggles of life. I feel as though many do not realize that suicide is a selfish decision, one is only thinking about how to end their own pain instead of thinking they pain that they would cause others. It was beautiful to read what makes them happy in life and the dreams they have for the future. I think that this would be a great article to share with people that are contemplating suicide. Hopefully after reading they will see that life does go on and that happiness is obtainable.
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WATCH – "Juvenile Justice & the Adolescent Brain: Is Healthy Neurodevelopment a Civil Right?"

WATCH – "Juvenile Justice & the Adolescent Brain: Is Healthy Neurodevelopment a Civil Right?" | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Adolescent brain science has already transformed juvenile justice policy. As we see from recent Supreme Court rulings that ended the death penalty and life without parole for juveniles, the Court is predisposed to appreciate arguments that indicate that adolescents are neurobiologically different from adults.
Brain science may also elucidate neurodevelopmental implications for juvenile offenders subject to prolonged removal from the community, facilities with limited educational and rehabilitative resources, solitary confinement, or transfer to the adult criminal system for trial and incarceration as an adult. If these conditions can be shown to have long-term, detrimental effects on the adolescent brain, might it be possible to establish a scientific and legal basis for the “right to a sound brain,” or a healthy context for brain development, enforceable through the Eighth Amendment?

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Justice Dept. Vow to Go After Bankers May Prove a Promise Hard to Keep

Justice Dept. Vow to Go After Bankers May Prove a Promise Hard to Keep | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Recent investigations suggest that changes to Justice Department guidelines may not guarantee a Wall Street “perp walk.”

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Curiouser and curiouser

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ONLY the wildest optimists still believe that Thailand’s military junta, which seized power in a coup last year, intends to step down soon. A farce that played out...
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The Complex Connection Between Gentrification and Displacement

The Complex Connection Between Gentrification and Displacement | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Gentrification can push residents out of their neighborhoods, but the ultimate effects of displacement are less clear.

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Creeping consultation

Creeping consultation | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
DECEMBER will witness a small step forward for both women and for democracy in Saudi Arabia. For the first time in the kingdom’s history, women will be able to...
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Colorado braces for day of tax-free marijuana and doorbuster-style discounts

Colorado braces for day of tax-free marijuana and doorbuster-style discounts | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
An accounting error in Colorado is paying off for marijuana consumers Wednesday, when a quirk in a state tax law prompts the state to suspend most taxes on recreational pot.
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Courtney Thompson's comment, September 21, 2015 1:41 AM
This is one reason why I think legalizing marijuana would be good. The states can collect tax off of it and have more money going back to them. Also the it will be easier for the police to deal with. People that do drugs shouldn't go to jail, jail is not the right place for them. Yes it helps them get sober but they need a stronger more stable help than that.
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Prison population swells as inmates spend more time behind bars

Prison population swells as inmates spend more time behind bars | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it

Alaska’s prison population is growing. But as the state’s Criminal Justice Commission told legislators during a hearing Tuesday, it’s not because more people are coming in to the system. They’re staying longer.

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Courtney Thompson's comment, September 21, 2015 1:48 AM
The U.S. has a giant prison population issue that they must handle and personally I think the way to handle it is by switching some cases over to restorative justice. Young people, drug crimes, lesser crimes could benefit immensely from restorative justice but I think the system is so afraid that criminals won't learn their lesson unless they are cut off completely from anything that once made them happy or gave them pleasure. Prison hardens most, it has the opposite affect than what we are hoping people will get out of it. It is time to start switching up some tactics.
Dorothy Retha Cook's comment, September 29, 2015 5:25 PM
Marjuana was not a drug originally but an herb that was not illegal until man created a way of financial gain for themselves and it is then that marijuana became a legal problem for the government because it was not the government making the profit from the sale and usage of the marijuana therefore it became a crime punishable by imprisonment, but now the government has made marijuana legal in some states and the government has leadership roll and an gram of marijuana is 1 $ to take the control of the financial gain from the drug dealers into the hand of the government.
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Barger Versus Christie Continues | The Aging Rebel

Barger was an Angel before and during Christie’s tenure. Barger remains a member. Christie does not. There is obviously bad blood between the two men and while Christie uses the very loud voice of cable television to give his version of the way things were, Barger stands in the audience and heckles back.
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Who Earned a Higher Salary Than You

Who Earned a Higher Salary Than You | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Work changed over the years. Salaries changed over the years. I was curious: If you compared your personal income from present day, how would it compare to the distribution of salaries in previous …
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Is Oklahoma About to Execute an Innocent Man?

Is Oklahoma About to Execute an Innocent Man? | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
If we keep executing defendants in cases like Richard Glossip's, where the evidence of guilt is tenuous and untrustworthy, we will keep killing innocent people.
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Ohio teen Alison Shuemake's obituary citing heroin overdose gets parents worldwide attention

Ohio teen Alison Shuemake's obituary citing heroin overdose gets parents worldwide attention | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Fred and Dorothy McIntosh Shuemake made a defiant decision to talk about something few parents seem willing to when their daughter died
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Courtney Thompson's comment, September 21, 2015 1:55 AM
I can not imagine what this mother must have went through and is still going through. I commend her however on the reasons why she decided not to beat around the bush on how her daughter died. Most parents I feel would want to keep a heroin overdose as a secret because they don't want to look like bad parents or like they did not know what was going on in their child's life but in actuality that's not helping anyone. Awareness and making sure people know they aren't the only one going through this is the way to help. Hopefully some parents or even teenagers read this obituary and read the pain and suffering that the parents are going through.
Rob Duke's comment, September 21, 2015 3:56 AM
We had a drug rehab house application and public hearing. It looked to be going down to defeat when the Mayor asked for the mike and gave a tear-jerking speech that everyone is touched by addiction...that these weren't "those people", but more likely our sons and daughters or neighbors. It was a striking case of the Arrow Theorem where the momentum changed and the project was approved. His words struck us all, though, we're in denial if we don't think a criminalized drug policy hasn't devoured more people than it has saved.
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The Haunting Photography of a Serial Killer | VICE | United States

In 1979, Huntington Beach Police found hundreds of photographs of women taken by a murderer named Rodney Alcala. Many of the subjects are unidentified to this day.
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Africa in the 1400s

Africa in the 1400s | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it

In the 1300s, Ibn Battuta saw the

Mali Empire in West Africa,Mamluk Empire in the north andKilwa in the east.


He saw them in all their glory. Zimbabwe in the south was also enjoying a golden age.


But in the 1400s, three new empires were on the rise to take their place in Africa:

Songhay Empire,Portuguese Empire,Ottoman Empire.

 

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We have the gig economy all wrong: Here’s how we reinvent the organization man in the Uber-age

We have the gig economy all wrong: Here’s how we reinvent the organization man in the Uber-age | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The argument is stuck: "The gig economy will destroy all jobs." "The gig economy will save us." Here's the truth
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Japan's 'Black Widow' Arrested Again After Poisoning Her Eighth Male Victim | Broadly

Sixty-eight-year-old Chisako Kakehi has a long history of wedding and dead-ing her suitors.
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