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Ontario County pursues conflict defender office

Ontario County pursues conflict defender office | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Ontario County is moving forward in the process to establish a new county department to manage a program that provides legal representation services to those who are indigent.At its meeting Thursday, the Ontario County Board of Supervisors approved...
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Much of the conflict/crime on the "street" results from a trifecta of incomplete information, the underground economy, and inadequate dispute resolution processes.  I can't over-emphasize how many felonious assaults started two months or two years earlier as a dispute that might have been resolved if the disputants had had access and understanding of dispute resolution systems.

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It's criminal: Why data sharing lags among law enforcement agencies - ComputerworldUK

It's criminal: Why data sharing lags among law enforcement agencies - ComputerworldUK | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
It's criminal: Why data sharing lags among law enforcement agencies
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In this way, the theory went, investigators at every level could identify patterns of criminal activity that span multiple jurisdictions to help solve crimes.
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UMSL Criminologists Says Mo. Sex Offender Laws Need To Be Reevaluated - CBS Local

UMSL Criminologists Says Mo. Sex Offender Laws Need To Be Reevaluated - CBS Local | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
UMSL Criminologists Says Mo. Sex Offender Laws Need To Be Reevaluated
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Under Missouri law sex offenders cannot live within a thousand feet of a school or day care center, and can't loiter within 500 feet.
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Joshua Livingston's comment, October 29, 2013 12:11 AM
I have no sympathy for sex offenders, the fact that they are having trouble getting jobs well people should know who they are hiring for a job. It for the public’s benefit not their own, it may hinder them getting on with their lives, but the same could be said about those that they assaulted.
Wyndam Childress's comment, October 30, 2013 2:25 PM
I wonder if they classify sex offenders into any different brackets. I mean, you can become a sex offender if you go streaking. There are varying degrees of sex offense. Though I do agree that many sex offenders deserve this harsh treatment, and that they brought it upon themselves.<br>
Carlie Bailey's comment, October 31, 2013 7:39 PM
I think its good that Missouri is able to identify that their laws are not working and try to do something to change them to make them work better. I agree with the previous response that I think it is important to have different "classes" for sex offenders. Those who streaked in public, or drunkenly peed in the middle of the road and got caught and labeled as a sex offender are on a whole different level that a child molester. I think these things need to be taken into consideration when reevaluating the laws.
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High Cigarette Taxes Bring Little Revenue and New Crime

High Cigarette Taxes Bring Little Revenue and New Crime | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Rumors are once again rumbling in the cash-starved, big spenders in California's legislature to raise tobacco taxes. But does this work? History says that not only does the tax hike rarely bring in...
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Ricky Osborne's comment, October 31, 2013 5:52 PM
Tax hikes seemed to be a good idea but after reading this article I have changed my mind. One would think that these tax hikes would bring in more revenue for the local government and also cut down on the number of smokers. Yet evidence has shown that this is not the case. Crime increases and revenue also decreases due to individuals finding other ways of obtaining cigarettes at a cheaper price.
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Community Perceptions on White Collar Crime Seriousness ...

Professor Stuart S. Green from Rutgers School of Law in Newark, New Jersey gave an interesting talk on the topic 'Community Perceptions on White Collar Crime Seriousness'. White-collar crime is for many a fairly vague ...
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Whether it's Facebook or lads' mags, censorship should always be a last resort

Whether it's Facebook or lads' mags, censorship should always be a last resort | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Laurie Penny: Kneejerk calls for a ban on Facebook's beheading video obscure the issue: the fate of the victim
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Joshua Matheny's comment, October 31, 2013 6:53 PM
I believe different people have different reactions to horrible things they may see that are uncensored. I remember a while ago seeing a chainsaw video of the mexican cartel that blew my mind on a popular video sharing site called live leak. I felt terrible for watching it but completely entangled in the surreal reality of the images I was watching. I felt remorse for the victim as well as the aggressor. I believe it brought to light for me that these horrors do exist and it is not just a made up story that has caught media spotlight. The dangers are real and the aggressors are evil.
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2 Pizza Hut robbery suspects dead after gunbattle with police

A Pizza Hut robbery late Friday night led to a gunbattle with law enforcement officers in which two of the three male suspects were fatally shot, Wilmington police say.
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Police Stake Out nab suspects, but gun battle ensues....

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Kelsey Scott's comment, October 30, 2013 1:55 PM
Okay, I know I am totally harping on this in like every post I make on here, but GOOD GRACIOUS why does no one in this freaking Pizza Hut have a gun?! NC is a 'shall issue' state, you take a class and fill out a form and you can carry! I'll be damned if I would work late at a place that has been robbed THREE TIMES already without one. People need to realize that they cannot count on the police to take care of them.
Ricky Osborne's comment, October 31, 2013 5:56 PM
This is a travesty. Why would these three men not surrender when they were surrounded by the police? This leads me to believe that they needed the money badly as they would risk their lives for it. I wonder what type of socioeconomic background these three men have and if that played a part in them participating in the robbery.
Dom Eubank's comment, November 11, 2013 6:33 PM
It is always interesting when you hear about cases like this where people end up being shot during a robbery, I think the police acted reasonably and it is unfortunate that the suspects died during the course of the action.
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Bank's Midlevel Executive Becomes a New Face of the Housing Crisis

Bank's Midlevel Executive Becomes a New Face of the Housing Crisis | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Rebecca S. Mairone, once of Countrywide, is a rare midlevel executive found liable in the mortgage crisis.
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Calif. gunman killed; 2 wounded hostages found in trunk

Calif. gunman killed; 2 wounded hostages found in trunk | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Police killed a gunman and rescued two wounded people in his trunk after a chase through Central California on Friday
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Ricky Osborne's comment, October 31, 2013 6:01 PM
What king of deranged man would take two hostages, kill and wound two others, and have a shootout with the police? This man was clearly mentally disturbed and needed help but was unable to receive such due to his own actions.
Ruth O'Neal's comment, October 31, 2013 8:19 PM
This story is interesting because of how there were two hostages, two wounded people and then gunfire between the police and the suspect. The mayor saying he is shocked doesn’t really mean anything. Incidences like this one can happen anywhere. I’m glad that the people were going to live but unfortunate this even happened. He did have issues. Not sure how he found the time to post things on Facebook though.
Dom Eubank's comment, November 11, 2013 6:50 PM
What I find interesting is how tethered people are to facebook and twitter that they'll even commit a crime and post about it for everyone to know. Just shows how much our society has changed and how much people crave to be in the spotlight anymore, it's just sad.
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Forbidden to Drive: A Saudi Woman On What Life Is Really Like in the Kingdom

Forbidden to Drive: A Saudi Woman On What Life Is Really Like in the Kingdom | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
On the eve of a new protest against the ban on women drivers in Saudi Arabia, a young journalist describes the countless ways these regressive laws affect her nation's society, economy and even immigration...
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How much power should Native tribal courts exercise in rural Alaska?

How much power should Native tribal courts exercise in rural Alaska? | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
On the opening day of the 2013 Alaska Federation of Natives convention in Fairbanks, Gov.
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Cindy Slats's comment, October 25, 2013 1:52 PM
Interesting title to this article. "The United States government has a unique legal relationship with Native American Tribal governments as set forth in the Constitution of the United States, treaties, statutes, and court decisions (http://www.cr.nps.gov/nagpra/agencies/Clinton_Memorandum.htm)," also known as the government to government relationship. Perhaps they should exercise as much power as they see fit.
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Man who confessed to drunk driving in viral video gets 6 1/2 years

Man who confessed to drunk driving in viral video gets 6 1/2 years | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The Ohio man who confessed in a viral video that he killed a man while driving drunk was sentenced Wednesday to six-and-a-half years in prison.
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kelownadd's comment, October 24, 2013 10:11 PM
Agreed. Clearly some sort of manipulation on the his part. The ensuing media frenzy did little to further the anti DUI cause, and in fact cast doubt on the whole concept. Without the side story this would have been an exceptional PSA, with it I found myself left with more questions than answers.
Kelly Logue's comment, November 1, 2013 1:22 AM
Although the crime was very tragic, I do feel that the man who had committed the crime shows great promise and I am very pleased to see that he understands the cause of his actions. What will be interesting to see if he really tries to keep the memory of this man alive like he stated he would. For killing a man I do feel like his sentence should be longer even though it was an accident. Taking a life is still taking a life no matter how it happens.
kelownadd's comment, November 4, 2013 5:04 AM
Something tells me he will do his best.
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Attorney and Mediator Jeffrey Fink Contributes 25th “Kung Fu Mediation” Article to Mediation Community

Attorney and Mediator Jeffrey Fink Contributes 25th “Kung Fu Mediation” Article to Mediation Community | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Boston, MA (PRWEB) October 26, 2013 -- Well-known Boston Attorney and Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) professional Jeffrey Fink continues to offer his experience and knowledge to a wider community on his free blog, KungFuMediation.com.
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Violent crime rises for second consecutive year - USA TODAY

Violent crime rises for second consecutive year - USA TODAY | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
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Violent crime rises for second consecutive year
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At this point, I don't think we're going to see any more decreases in crime," said criminologist James Alan Fox of Northeastern University in Boston.
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Racism, Teenage Oral Sex and Voting: The Rational Economics of an Irrational World (2008)

Harford argues that rational behavior is more widespread than expected in the larger population. He uses economic principles to draw forth the rational eleme...
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Iran Opens First Alcohol Rehab Center - Al-Monitor

Iran Opens First Alcohol Rehab Center - Al-Monitor | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Iran Opens First Alcohol Rehab Center
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The conflict arose between two governmental organizations: the State Welfare Organization and Ministry of Health. Having overcome the major obstacle of establishing a center with a focus on alcohol ...
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Ruth O'Neal's comment, October 31, 2013 7:58 PM
I think that this is an awesome story. Alcoholism is there no matter how hard someone tries to prevent it but there are solutions to problems. Opening up a rehab center is great especially when it’s there first. It shows improvements within communities. It shows that instead of throwing people in jail because of their problem they have an outlet and more of a chance of getting the help they need to kick their addictions.
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Upcoming ABA CJS International White Collar Crime Conference

Governmental Perspectives Regarding the Enforcement of International White Collar Criminal Laws – A Discussion with David Green CB QC, Director, UK Serious Fraud Office. 10:15 -- 10:30 a.m. Networking Break.
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Suspect arrested after lighting fire to cat, posting video | City of Redlands

Suspect arrested after lighting fire to cat, posting video | City of Redlands | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
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And now, for something different....from my old department.

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BridgetM's comment, October 28, 2013 7:28 PM
I'm glad people like this are dumb enough to record themselves and post it, at least so they end up getting punished. There is no excuse for animal cruelty, it only speaks to the character and personality of the person who is abusing them.
Kelsey Scott's comment, October 30, 2013 1:46 PM
There aren't even words for the stupidity. These days you can't do anything without being monitored, why in the world do you post the stuff that isn't already out there? Gotta love the people that do this dumb stuff to themselves...
Kelly Logue's comment, November 1, 2013 1:33 AM
I am absolutely astonished that someone in their right mind would set fire to an innocent animal. It serves him right to be arrested. Who is dumb enough to post themselves committing a crime? This has literally got me dumbfounded.
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Saudi women's driving kicks off without arrests

Saudi women's driving kicks off without arrests | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Saudi activists said more than 60 women claimed to have answered their call on Saturday to get behind the wheel in a rare show of defiance against a ban on female driving in the ultraconservative kingdom.
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John Philip Tilden's comment, October 31, 2013 8:49 PM
I think that its a great thing that these women were able to protest in this manner without any negative consequences. Hopefully more actions like this will allow for greater rights for women in Saudi Arabia, and work toward men and women having equal rights and standing within the community.
Michael McColley's comment, November 1, 2013 3:55 PM
Wow this is really a big deal actually becuase women in the middle east are not allowed to drive I know, so the simple fact that they took a stand for something and are driving anyways is a big step in the right direction for women's equality rights. Also it speaks volumes of the local law enforcement agencies to not arrest the women for doing this.
Dom Eubank's comment, November 11, 2013 6:43 PM
Its pretty cool that these women are doing something against the norm, and it is honestly something that people in America take for granted on a daily basis. We fought a war for the rights we posses today and will continue to fight so we can protect those rights. When we see other cultures that do not share the same views as us it can really be a eye opener to the world and help us to realize how lucky we truly are.
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For Victim of Ghastly Crime, a New Face, a New Beginning

For Victim of Ghastly Crime, a New Face, a New Beginning | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Six years after being beaten and burned beyond recognition, Carmen Tarleton is adjusting to a transplanted face.
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Sawyer Skiba's comment, October 26, 2013 11:34 PM
I really like this article. It shows how people have the ability to overcome the worst things life can throw at us. This woman went through something that very few people are able to imagine and was able to overcome it. I was also shocked at the situation that led to her being beaten and having acid thrown in her face, her ex husband thought she was seeing someone. I loved that she began to fall for her piano teacher, and he too fell for her, even when she was as physically messed up as she was. I am just amazed by how she made the best of such a horrible situation.
Brittany Stahle's comment, October 28, 2013 2:41 AM
This story makes my heart melt! I am so happy for this woman that she found love again even before getting her surgeries, I think that is so sweet. Also how she handled the whole situation, she kept her head up and overcome the obstacles that were thrown at her and taken the positive side of it. It is so sad what she went through and I could not even imagine going through something like that. I am glad she id doing great and moving forward with her life! It is honestly amazing!
Angie Crow's comment, October 30, 2013 1:54 AM
I think that this story is extremely inspirational. It is very sad and heartbreaking to hear all of the pain and suffering that she had to go through initially. I can't imagine how she feels. I think it would be extremely hard to get used to a new face. This story truly shows that you can't judge someone from the outside because she found someone who she fell in love with when her face was burnt and messed up. It makes me so happy for her to hear that she is having more of a positive affect after everything that has happened. I am certainly glad that her ex-husband got 30 years in prison for this. I think it is ridiculous that someone could do this to another human being because they were angry. His feelings at the time changed this woman's life forever.
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China rejects ousted politician Bo Xilai's appeal - The Times of India

China rejects ousted politician Bo Xilai's appeal - The Times of India | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Authorities in the city of Jinan imposed a heavy security presence around the courthouse early on Friday ahead of the ruling, closing buildings and streets in the vicinity, including a five-lane arterial road.
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Revealed: Gap Founders Among Corporate Titans Behind California's 'Dark Money' Controversy

Revealed: Gap Founders Among Corporate Titans Behind California's 'Dark Money' Controversy | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- Well-known corporate chiefs funded illegal "dark money" contributions to groups in the Koch brothers' political network involved in Thursday's record campaign finance settlement in California, according to settlement documents.
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Jury Finds Bank of America Liable in Mortgage Program Nicknamed the 'Hustle'

Jury Finds Bank of America Liable in Mortgage Program Nicknamed the 'Hustle' | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The jury decision is likely to be seen as a victory for the government in its aggressive effort to hold large American banks to account for their role in the housing bust.
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Christie Hampton's comment, October 25, 2013 9:20 PM
I am glad that the banks which sold bad loans to another institution will be held accountable for its wrong doing. The greed which caused such an action is incredible. I think the people that knowingly made bad loans should personally be held accountable as well as the bank for its turning a blind eye. Granted I do not believe the banks alone caused the financial crash this country experienced a few years ago. I think the greed that has been displayed and the outrageous bonuses paid by these banks is only matched by the same greed and lack of country concern shown by Big Oil.
Christie Hampton's comment, October 25, 2013 9:24 PM
I also find it ironic that Bank of America was in the middle of this controversy. Bank of America was founded by the son of an immigrant because immigrants were having problems obtaining loans and dealing with the American banks that only wanted to deal with the wealthy. The irony here is because of the number of not-wealthy people that lost their homes because of Bank of America making loans over what people could afford.
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Nevada school shooting 911 call: 'I got a kid down who's been shot'

Nevada school shooting 911 call: 'I got a kid down who's been shot' | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
No one knows why a child opened fire at Sparks Middle School in Nevada, killing a teacher and wounding two other students before taking his own life.
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Dom Eubank's comment, November 11, 2013 6:16 PM
Over the course of the past few years it appears that there have been more and more school shootings which is pretty disturbing. Even in popular shows like Sons of Anarchy they had an episode where a school shooting took place and it is quickly becoming a problem in America. Programs that have officers based in the schools could help in reducing these events but the best way is for parents to interact with their children daily, keep firearms out of reach, and to teach their kids the basics of firearm safety and responsibility. Keeping an open line of communication is also key so if they are having trouble in school they can talk about it in a safe environment and the parents can search for a resolution with their own children and the school alike.