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States of Incarceration: The Global Context | Prison Policy Initiative

States of Incarceration: The Global Context | Prison Policy Initiative | Criminology and Economic Theory |
Criminal justice policy in every region of the United States is out of step with the rest of the world.
Randy Collins's curator insight, June 16, 2014 2:22 PM

United States incarceration facts that may change your perspective.

Brianne Frame's comment, June 23, 2014 2:00 AM
This article brings up a very good point, in that we seem to as a culture taken the idea that those with a different way of thinking or living is wrong, and that the way to deal with conflict from the social "norms" is to lock them away either litter ally or symbolically till the follow our norms. Interesting that "the land of the free" has the highest rates of incarceration for breaking the norms.
Nicholas Bessent's comment, June 30, 2014 12:05 AM
So looking at this article and what our numbers are compared to put brother and sister country’s across the globe it is embarrassing. I know it is an opinion but our system seems to be at the point of being ineffective. We do enjoy freedoms other countries could only dream of in many aspects but as it goes for our legal side we have a few areas that we could buff out. We have thousands upon thousands of individuals in prison or jail over some underwhelming crimes. Crimes that could be better fitted with a fine over time. We have our jails packed with people that get out and commit the crimes over and over again. Why would we keep using a system that lacks the results we are aiming to achieve? Can a rehabilitation/work program take place of prison or jail time? What if we took these smaller crimes like position of marijuana and petty theft and make them give back to the community by a strict work program that built the community and give valuable skills to the individuals serving their time. Can we shift the tax dollars around to help the community instead of just feeding and housing criminals that give nothing back? I think it is worth a shot. Build these criminals up in an image other than a “criminal” have them give back and gain knowledge and self-worth. We can do better for our country and ourselves. I know we have things like this on a small scale, it’s time to think big.
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Kwikset Kevo Bluetooth dead bolt reviewed (pictures) - CNET

Kwikset Kevo Bluetooth dead bolt reviewed (pictures) - CNET | Criminology and Economic Theory |
CNET does a hands-on review of this exciting, touch-activated smart lock.
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Locking up just got easier.  Routine Activity Theory proponents should be happy about this...thoughts?

Robert M. Purcell's comment, June 15, 2014 7:34 PM
This looks like a pretty useful and interesting product as far as home security goes, but after reading through some of the comments and reviews, I would have to agree that there are other products on the market that make more sense as deterrent items and as things to protect the home. As far as making homes lockable and protecting security, the device is pretty functional, but like one former owner said, it’s limited to a very specific function – locking and unlocking the house while you’re there. The same user mentioned a different product based on the idea of the smart house. These homes are integrated electronic systems that allow the homeowner to remotely control several things about the home including lights, locks, and in some cases, electronic doors and other items. In terms of a security setup, these systems also alert users to any change in the system of their home like opened doors, broken windows etc. Basically, a more integrated home security setup. These smart homes seem like a futuristic fatality waiting to happen, with the idea of home security weapons showing up on TV shows and ‘accidentally’ killing homeowners. Honestly, I would have to say that the likelihood of authorization for that kind of artificial intelligence system is pretty low and that the more integrated systems provide a lot more functional safety for homes and their occupants.
Sawyer Skiba's comment, June 19, 2014 1:33 PM
This lock seems to be interesting and looks like it could do the job well, but it almost seems unnecessary. While the idea of touching a lock and having it unlock/lock is cool, i would want to know ma little more about how it works before i decided to use it. After reading the peoples comments on it below, it seemed like the product was quick to break and not the best. Any new idea takes some time to work the kinks out. I think in the future this will be a cool toy, but for now i will stick with my key locks.
Christopher Bedel's comment, July 7, 2014 5:19 PM
This is the future of home securities, but the future is it. After reading people displeasure with the device I would not own one yet. I am still old faction and use my key the telephone dose enough for me now as it is and I only halfway use mine to it's potential. the looks and idea are great but work out the bugs first.
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Mother Embraces Daughter's Killer in Court

Mother Embraces Daughter's Killer in Court | Criminology and Economic Theory |
After Initially Demanding Harsh Punishment, She Comes Up With a Different Plea Deal
Brianne Frame's comment, June 23, 2014 1:46 AM
This is a very inspiring story to me. Amazing the power of forgiveness. I think it brings a very big impact as to the difference between revenge and justice. Though we often wish to pass blame and through away the key. In the long run it causes bigger problems. This mother is amazing.
Elizabeth Sheppard's comment, June 29, 2014 2:38 AM
I think this case is a good example of restorative justice. That the victims mother was able to meet with the offender and the judge to come up with a way for him to receive punishment. This gave the victims of this murder a chance to have a say in the case. As well as some possible closer the mother may have gotten from the meeting. It was also good that the offender was willing to admit his guilt immediately to the crime he committed. I think this is what may have made the difference in his sentencing. The kid is still a juvenile and this restorative justice that was given, gives him a chance to make sure he does right from now on, instead of spending time in incarcerated which would do no good for him. It also puts the stipulation on him that if he doesn't live up to his end then he will be punished, but at least it gives him an opportunity to prove himself.
Christopher Bedel's comment, July 7, 2014 5:36 PM
This is a very interesting story for a mothers willingness to forgive and a young mans opportunity to spread a word about safety, forgiveness and healing. This was a stupid accident that could have been prevented by a parents teaching and and son learning but it happened and I think the outcome was a great one on all parts. This was justice that should work for all parties.
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FDA May Destroy American Artisan Cheese Industry

FDA May Destroy American Artisan Cheese Industry | Criminology and Economic Theory |
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an executive decree banning the centuries old practice of aging cheese on wooden boards.  One bureaucrat within the FDA, without surveying all of the scientific literature, and without public commentary, has rattled hundreds of small businesses across the United States.  Consumers who [...]
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The unintended consequences of rule making....

Rodney Ebersole's comment, June 27, 2014 2:40 PM
Interesting article about how more and more rules do not always make the most sense. There are so many regulatory agencies trying to make the world perfect and germ free that the rules end up ruining something that has been enjoyed for centuries. Unless aging cheese on wood blocks led to a real health hazard there shouldn't be ban on its use. Especially since this is the only way to make certain types of cheese and the ban would crush many small cheese making businesses. Rules are there for a specific reason and to protect people, if people do not need protecting than rules like this are arbitrary and harmful.
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Shooter and A Student Dead in Troutdale | KDRV

Shooter and A Student Dead in Troutdale | KDRV | Criminology and Economic Theory |
-- The Multnomah County Sheriff's office has confirmed that the shooter is dead and one Reynolds High School student is also deceased. {UPDATE 9:25 AM] -- The
Sawyer Skiba's comment, June 24, 2014 4:47 PM
This is just another in a long list of similar cases. It is always sad when someone starts shooting up schools, but it is becoming such a common thing that it is almost not even shocking. I frequently wonder what has caused the increase of violence in the past few years. It seem that almost every week we have a big shooting. Has the shooting frequency increased that much or is the news just giving all of the little shootings more attention. Either way, I hope that the rate at which they occur drops. My prays go out to those that lost a loved one in this shooting.
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Hero Student's Statement Restores Faith In Humanity

Hero Student's Statement Restores Faith In Humanity | Criminology and Economic Theory |
Jon Meis, the man who is being hailed a hero for stopping the Seattle Pacific University tragedy from becoming a massacre, has released a statement that is beyond words and restores all faith in humanity.
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Strong young man who just reinforced his position as a hero in our society...

Rodney Ebersole's comment, June 16, 2014 3:00 AM
Excellent letter written by a man dealing with a lot of emotions after such a tragedy. Being able to compose oneself after events like these are remarkable and this young man is definitely someone who should be praised for his actions. I am very thankful for strong young men like this who are willing to step in when needed and help their fellow men.
Ashley Brevak's comment, June 16, 2014 3:10 PM
His statement was very touching. It had way to much God speak for me but if that’s what gets him through this difficult time then more power to it. I never truly thought about it but he’s right. A hero will not become unless there is tragedy or chaos. There has to be a need for a hero for them to emerge. It’s sad that when a hero does that our faith in humanity is restored but is also conflicted with the criminal act itself, which, to me, counteracts that faith and leave us neutral or pessimistic all over again.
Joshua Matheny's comment, June 25, 2014 7:25 PM
Wow no words for the strength he has to say those things and be so extremely humble about it as well. I followed the reddit campaign where users of the website COMPLETELY funded his entire wedding registry for his upcoming wedding and also funded his ENTIRE honey moon trip with his wife. People claim he is a hero, he is every bit one and the best part is he pays it back to those effected by the tragedy. It's amazing that he was capable of seeing through the attacker to realize the attacker was a man, not a monster, who was having a hard time.
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Free, but alone

Free, but alone | Criminology and Economic Theory |
THE prison gate swings shut and a man stumbles blinking into the desert sunshine. Looking up, he sees a blonde with big sunglasses and a headscarf waiting for him in...
Brianne Frame's comment, June 14, 2014 7:12 PM
I think this article is further proof by observation of some of the downfalls of our system and society. The need for acceptance and interaction with individuals and groups has been shown to be a strong desire over and over again by science and observation in general. But when society or a group of individuals refuse to give him a way of doing this he finds an alternative group.
Elizabeth Sheppard's comment, June 29, 2014 2:51 AM
I think this is a very interesting article. The United States has the highest incarceration rates around. I don't think the people that spent the last 20 years in prison are ready to be released with no form of additional guidance whatsoever. If it is known that there is a high recidivism rate among people release with no additional supervision, then it makes sense to spend the money on keeping this from happening. Its cheaper for them to have a parol officer supervision then it is to pay for them to go right back to prison for who knows how long the next time. The differences between the states is interesting and this does need to be taken in to consideration on what does work, so other states can follow lead. I think right now with all the zero tolerance, three strikes your out laws, that the prisons will keep over populating and its just a bandaid for the problem. If they are not on the streets they can commit the crimes, but they cant be caged forever and they cant be expected to just go back to normal life once labeled and abandoned by the system. Laws need to be changed, and money put in to rehabilitating these people not throwing them away and expecting them not to be angry and mad at the world.
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“A solid flame covered his whole head”: Botched executions and the horrific, inhumane history of the death penalty

“A solid flame covered his whole head”: Botched executions and the horrific, inhumane history of the death penalty | Criminology and Economic Theory |
Cruel and unusual punishment? An honest look at history shows fine line between capital punishment and state murder
Ashley Brevak's comment, June 16, 2014 4:08 PM
Personally, I think they should just kill them if that’s the verdict. It doesn’t have to take so long for them to be removed from Death Row. It costs way too much to keep them alive and for what purpose? Because it’s inhumane? These criminals committed inhumane acts so; I don’t see why we have to follow that to the T. Now, I’m not saying that we should treat them the same way they treated their victims. I’m just saying we’re wasting too much money and too many resources on people who don’t deserve it. There’s really no rehabilitation and there’s the high risk of these particular people committing the same or a similar crime again. Life in prison is way too much money from the tax payers. I don’t even look at it as a deterrent for committing the crime. I just look at it as an economical decision and population control here.
Robert M. Purcell's comment, June 17, 2014 8:48 PM
I'm not sure if debate is appropriate for this, but Ashley, did you take into account all of the people that are wrongly convicted and put on death row? Since 1973, over 100 people wrongly convicted and put on death row have been exonerated. 144 in fact, the most recent was March 11, 2014. Do you really think that we should just convict and execute them if there are still chances for error in the system? Is it economical to kill innocent people because they haven't had enough time to make their appeals or to get the proper evidence together? What if you were framed and wrongfully convicted, then sentenced to death? Wouldn't you want those guarantees that you could try and find a way to prove your innocence?
Rodney Ebersole's comment, June 28, 2014 12:42 AM
The death penalty should be used for the most heinous criminal acts as I don’t feel people who commit these kinds of crimes should ever be allowed in society again. This article shows an interesting side of why the state handles executions the way they do and why they try to do it in a humane way. Personally, if the death penalty is going to be used, I would prefer it done quickly and cheaply. I have no problem with death row, but I do think there should be a limit on how long someone can stay on it. There should be a set time frame so wrongfully accused have time to try and seek their innocence, otherwise the job of eliminating highly dangerous criminals should be completed. I find it interesting how the State has changed from allowing public viewing of executions to hiding it. I’m not sure either option deters real criminals from committing crimes but maybe this hidden version takes away the gruesome reality that execution entails and saves some people from having to see it.
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2 police officers, 3 others dead in Las Vegas shootings, authorities say

2 police officers, 3 others dead in Las Vegas shootings, authorities say | Criminology and Economic Theory |
At least two Las Vegas police officers have been shot inside a local pizzeria, according to KVVU Fox 5.
Jeffrey Evan's comment, June 9, 2014 4:48 AM
The cowardly act of violence was premeditated and they definitely had a substantial amount of hatred toward law enforcement. It is unfortunate that this tragic event happened. The shooters are dead. I imagine people are somehow still going to blame the guns for being at fault for this tragic occurrence, instead of a couple of whack jobs that would do such a cowardly act.
Christopher Bedel's comment, June 10, 2014 12:22 AM
This is a tragedy for the burtial murder of these officers. The man and his wife are cowards to murder these officers this way. I say good attempt to the man in walmart with the conceled permit but he should have taken a coucelment and not tried to approach them they were destine to die anyway. the officers were defenseless eating lunch and unexpectedly attacked.
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'Victims Can Lie as Much as Other People'

'Victims Can Lie as Much as Other People' | Criminology and Economic Theory |
What the Somaly Mam scandal says about the media's treatment of humanitarian heroes
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informants, too....

Jeffrey Evan's comment, June 9, 2014 4:52 AM

Everybody has the ability to lie, but we tend to believe those who have been victimized because we feel sorry for them. it seems to be a growing trend, victims being some of the biggest liars, depending on what kind of recognition the publicity can grant them.
Rodney Ebersole's comment, June 28, 2014 1:07 AM
It is tragic that people who really do suffer from the sex trade and human trafficking are going to be hurt by this woman’s lies. I am sure she started this foundation with a legitimate desire to help, but too often people think exaggerating or lying to make stories sound more exciting or disturbing is more important than telling the whole truth. I hope people do not get cynical to the idea of helping people hurt by human trafficking; this is a heinous crime that needs everyone’s attention and help in fixing. I hope the next time a foundation head wants to get more help for their cause; they stick with the facts and allow it to get sympathy and aid. Remembering that everyone has a tendency to lie is something everyone in criminal justice has to keep in mind.
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Tanana city manager sentenced in property sales case

Tanana city manager sentenced in property sales case | Criminology and Economic Theory |
FAIRBANKS—A federal judge sentenced the Tanana city manager to a 1 1/2-year prison term Friday for selling government surplus equipment for personal benefit.
Montana Lee Nolan's comment, June 9, 2014 1:37 AM
Anyone who is in a government position, and uses his or her position to financially better themselves, deserves to suffer the consequences. This man was in a position were trustworthiness is a must, and he abused his position. No crime is victimless, and this applies to this case. Whatever his rational was, it does not make it right.
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MediaPost Publications Verizon Threatens To Sue Netflix Over Criticism 06/06/2014

Verizon Threatens To Sue Netflix Over Criticism - 06/06/2014
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Political stunt or alerting the American people of the massive swindle the telecoms are trying to slide under our noses as a benign FCC rule change to abandon Net Neutrality?  See related posts here.

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Did PowerPoint Ruin GM? - Corporate Intelligence - WSJ

Did PowerPoint Ruin GM? - Corporate Intelligence - WSJ | Criminology and Economic Theory |
References to PowerPoint and 'slide decks' show up throughout the brutal, 315-page dissection of how GM executives failed to act on evidence of deadly defects in its cars.
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Can you hold someone criminally liable for being bored in a meeting and missing a single slide that mentions a defective switch that may turn off under hard braking due to the weight of extra keys, thus leaving the power steering and brakes, as well as, the airbags without power just before an impending collision?  This illustrates the complexity of prosecuting this type of White Collar Crime--who is to blame?  The person who dozed off in the meeting; or the guy who designed the slideshow?

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What It's Like To Walk Down The Street While Female

What It's Like To Walk Down The Street While Female | Criminology and Economic Theory |
You're walking down the street trying to get to work. You see a group of men standing around, eyeballing you, then one of them lets out a "Hey baby," or something equally nauseating. This, unfortunately, is just a mild example of what a rec...
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What do you think?  In Latin America, this behavior is more pronounced--is this a good or bad thing?  I'll tell you why I ask after you chime in...

Kiara's comment, June 26, 2014 1:03 AM
Unfortunately, the prevelance of this type of "street harrasment" behavior didn't surprise me. I honestly believe that men feel that they are in some sense just giving a complement or being completely harmless. I believe that men do not realize how disrespectful their actions are and how uncomfortable their comments or whistling is to women. It is imporant for women to make sure that they are aware of their surroundings and not putting themselves in potentially dangerous situations. I think added awareness of this topic will help reduce how often it happens. By making people aware that it really IS NOT acceptable.
Christopher Bedel's comment, June 27, 2014 1:53 PM
This is a sad fact but this dose happen in society I will say less today then in the past. I have been at fault as a young man whistling at a woman going down the street in the past and i would not do this today. But on the flip side I as a gentleman have had woman get upset at holding a door open for them at a store and my wife thinks this is just being a gentleman. I think we need to find a happy median of what is acceptable and what is not.
James Greer's comment, July 1, 2014 8:10 PM
I think there's a difference between men being harassing and men who are just being what they believe to be cheeky or clever. Using a recent example, a friend of mine was working and stopped off at a local store--a guy out front said something along the lines of "man you make those pants work"; I think that's an example of something that's clearly going beyond "just" a whistle or cat-call. The guy is ogling the girl, and then making sure she knows he's ogling her.
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Another Obama administration reform plan: Shorter sentences for 20,000 drug inmates

Another Obama administration reform plan: Shorter sentences for 20,000 drug inmates | Criminology and Economic Theory |
Just a few months after announcing a sweeping presidential clemency program for drug offenders, the Obama administration has backed another sentencing plan that would shave off an average of two years of prison time for as many as 20,000 federal inmates.
Elizabeth Sheppard's comment, June 15, 2014 9:16 PM
I think this reform makes sense in what it is trying to accomplish in the long run of things. They are not advocating for the release of violent offenders, or saying that drug offenders shouldn't do time for the crime. They are saying though that some criminal drug offenders have been incarcerated for long sentences for drug crimes, that looking at today seems like an unfair sentencing for the crime. This reminds me of the criminal concept of “just desert” and Von Hirsch theory that the punishment should fit the crime. Also the cost saving advantages to this reform “within the first three years, the government would save $1.3 billion in prison costs”. (Goodwin). The cost of incarcerating criminals for such long periods of time for non violent offenses is insane to look at. I think that this will have a huge influx in cases that will need to be looked and and that everyone who can have the chance to take the deal will. It was good that the individuals who committed drug offenses with weapons will not be eligible making the cases some what smaller. Personally I don't feel a drug addict who committed the crime of selling narcotics should have a longer prison sentence than a sex offender who raped and killed a child. A reevaluation of prison sentences for non criminal offenses does need to be addressed.
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This Video Could Save Your Life. I Got The Chills Just From Watching!

This Video Could Save Your Life. I Got The Chills Just From Watching! | Criminology and Economic Theory |
Volkswagen has come up with a pretty genius way to get people’s attention… and this time, they’re not trying to sell cars. They’re trying to save lives. Moviegoers in Hong Kong were treated to this bold, innovative and terrifying new PSA that is sure to leave a lasting impression… The moviegoers settle in for what [...]
Amanda McColley's comment, June 17, 2014 11:04 PM
I guess I will play more of a devils advocate on this. Sure it is a great message and a good way to get a strong message across to a large amount of people. However, the fact that the audience was prepared to be watching a preview before a movie and in a much more relaxed setting, I find that to be a bit more different than being behind the wheel, at least for me. When I drive I am on alert 99% of the time unless I am on a casual drive but even then I am focused on the road and a text or call does not distract me to the point of keeping my eyes off the road like that. And considering ANY sort of distracting situation can occur, it is more frustrating for me that it is constantly cell phone use that is being targeted. I have a 3 year old and I have been much more distracted from her dropping something/needing something than anything that has ever come across my phone.
Sawyer Skiba's comment, June 19, 2014 1:52 PM
This is awesome. I know many people who text and drive. It is something that people have become so accustomed too and especially younger people. This short video is an amazing way to show the audience the negative effects texting and driving can have. I am curious how they got everybody to get a text at once. All in all, great little clip/trick. I would love to see how this would work in an american theater.
Joshua Matheny's comment, June 25, 2014 7:18 PM
To stem off of Amanda's devil advocacy I want to provide some of my own. This whole event was staged, to the point of everyone having their cellphones receive a message and be on loud during previews, which doesn't really happen in most cases. While it may have been staged the message provided is very important. People need to be aware of what taking their eyes off the road can do to their ability to be impaired by whatever else they are doing. While this may be a more comfortable environment than driving a car (great point Amanda), people have died or injured others in similar situations where they took their eyes off of the road, and it seriously could have been prevented.
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California Teacher Tenure Laws Ruled Unconstitutional

California Teacher Tenure Laws Ruled Unconstitutional | Criminology and Economic Theory |
The decision to overturn laws governing how teachers are hired and fired is expected to set off similar legal fights across the nation.
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New Case Law (California): Teachers rights cannot usurp the rights of their students....

Robert M. Purcell's comment, June 15, 2014 7:42 PM
A very major case with a lot of major implications here if the appeals are either denied or the ruling is upheld all the way to the top. I would have to agree with the idea that students have rights as much as teachers, and though I generally support unions, I also would agree that 18 months or two years in some cases for tenure is a little short of a time to assess whether or not someone should be retained indefinitely. For anyone that has seen the documentary film ‘Waiting for Superman’, the idea that tenure is a dangerous option is pretty well established. Originally tenure was designed specifically for university professors, but it filtered down into all levels of public school teaching. This particular practice has its merits in keeping simple issues from causing the dismissal of quality teachers, but as the case holds, it also prevents the dismissal of poor teachers. The abuse of the system is pretty apparent, and though I wouldn’t go so far as to accuse anyone I have met of taking advantage of the system, I am fairly sure that there are teachers out there that can and do abuse it. Tenure is not something that should be considered a right, but instead a privilege for those who have earned it. That’s not as much a matter of time in my opinion, as a matter of quality. The problem there is how one measures a quality teacher, and that is something I’m not qualified to address. What I can say though is that this particular issue is a major one, and with the added idea of equality in education for all students, it may actually win its way through the Supreme Court if it goes that far.
Elizabeth Sheppard's comment, June 29, 2014 3:09 AM
This is a fine line that is being walked between students wanting a better education and holding teachers who are not good responsible. It also may be taking aways benefits from the teachers who deserve it. I think that there should have been negotiating between the Union and the state on this. It was interesting to read that a lot of the funding came from a Silicon Valley Millionaire. Its a shame that if you want progress to be made it will cost you millions of dollars to get anything done. It makes you wonder, would the judge have looked at this case differently if he didn't have an elite group of lawyers breathing down necks to make a change? I do think that receiving tenure after only 18 months on the job is pretty insane. The policies in affect do need to be rewritten to make teachers who are valuable stay, and the ones who are not find jobs elsewhere. Education in this country has been failing but I still think its unfair to only blame the teachers, and take away some of the job security they may hold. What if this now makes a good teachers say “ You know what your just going to replace me with the next in line the moment I start making a good salary and it interferes with your budget, why bother staying or putting fourth a good effort when my job security is not there?” I know in this job market its hard to find jobs, lets not replace all the tenures to the lowest bidder and think this will solve the problem.
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WATCH: The Powerful Anti-'Redskins' Ad the NFL Refuses to Air

WATCH: The Powerful Anti-'Redskins' Ad the NFL Refuses to Air | Criminology and Economic Theory |
'Native Americans call themselves many things. The one thing they don't . . .'
Montana Lee Nolan's comment, June 16, 2014 2:13 AM
This video is extremely powerful. People have been trying to change the name of the Washington Redskins for a while now, and it’s nice to see that it is finally taking a large step. The name Redskin is culturally insensitive. We live in a country that promotes cultural acceptance but seems to lack cultural understanding and the capacity to do anything about this deficiency of acceptance. Football is a big part of America’s identity, and having a team promote a name that makes a majority of Americans uncomfortable is just plain inappropriate and wrong. It’s even more inappropriate and wrong considering it’s the name of the football team that ‘belongs’ to Washington D. C., our country’s capital. What kind of message does this send to our society?
Christopher Bedel's comment, July 7, 2014 6:08 PM
Well on a different note I think this is a name that should stay, It was a powerful commercial and I would like to know who made it. the nfl is a big part of america and the name has been around for a long time and is a big tradition in american football I was born in D.C. and the people there are very proud to call themselves redskin fans.When do we let a small group of people stop making a majority change for our society and where do we stop the fighting sou ix form North Dakota, the Minnesota Vikings offending the Norwegians, we could go on and on but in the end If we stop this at some point we can end the fights and get America back to the basics of america.
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Decades later, tragic echo outside a family home - The Boston Globe

Decades later, tragic echo outside a family home - The Boston Globe | Criminology and Economic Theory |
Twenty-one years ago next month, Darrell Marriro was outside his family’s three-decker on Harold Street in Roxbury when three men drove by and opened fire, fatally striking the 32-year-old in the chest. On Sunday, his younger brother met the same fate, at precisely the same spot.
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The Global Cost of Cybercrime: More Than $400 Billion Per Year

The Global Cost of Cybercrime: More Than $400 Billion Per Year | Criminology and Economic Theory |
Levels of cybercrime relative to gross domestic product are more than twice as high in the Netherlands and Germany as in the U.S. and China
Ricky Osborne's comment, June 10, 2014 2:22 AM
As technology advances, so do the crimes that affect them. $400 billion dollars is an extraordinary amount of money. Cyber crime is continually evolving over time in order to keep up with new our modern security measures. It is interesting to see how law enforcement intends to pursue such criminal activity and if such crime can even be stopped. This goes to show that our world is changing and so are the crimes that are effecting it.
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In Search of America's Best Burrito

In Search of America's Best Burrito | Criminology and Economic Theory |
Seven years ago, I moved to Wicker Park, Chicago. The neighborhood, once heavily Hispanic, was being inundated by hipsters and yuppies, and its taquerias, some run by Mexican families who had immig...
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Here's a little different take on methodology.  Nate Silver is an innovator in methods, so this little dittie on burritos might inspire you in your own research.

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California Chrome owner Steve Coburn lashes out again after Belmont loss

California Chrome owner Steve Coburn lashes out again after Belmont loss | Criminology and Economic Theory |
California Chrome co-owner Steve Coburn lashes out again after Belmont loss.
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Institutional rules matter because, if you change the rules, you change the winner...same thing in social rules.

Christopher Bedel's comment, June 10, 2014 12:27 AM
Although I see his point and him being upset about this it is a case where he should have thought before he spoke out after the race. I could not believe what he was saying. it was very unprofessional and negative toward other owners and competitors. the history has not changed all horses do not have to race in all three big events. It showed poor taste for him being in his position to react in that manner even though he apologized publicly it is a case of to little to late people have a bad taste of him now.
Ricky Osborne's comment, June 10, 2014 2:30 AM
This is a classic case of being a sore loser. He would have never said those things if his horse had won the race. I understand that he's upset, but taking it out on the winner is no way to handle it. Also, it is obvious that this is a rich man's sport. Not everybody can afford or would even be allowed to attend such an event. It is sad to see that California Chrome did not win the Triple Crown, but the story was still amusing for many around the nation.
Nicholas Bessent's comment, June 16, 2014 12:08 AM
To be fair the man has a point when he said "You might compare this to a triathlon," Coburn said on Good Morning America. "You know you've got to swim and you've got to bicycle and you've got to run. You don't make it to run if you're not going to do the other two." Here is a man who has the underdog story linked to his career and to his horse, he will be defensive and express his frustration with another hose team when he sees their win as an unjust and unfair win. The rules must be clear and the way Tonalist bypassed the first two legs of the Triple Crown, the May 3 Kentucky Derby and the May 17 Preakness complied with them or there would be no stink over this. Knowing ahead of time the rules and regulations these races is a must for the racers. Mr. Coburn knew these rules and felt good enough to enter the race without making a stink about Tonalist. It is frustrating to see a fault in the rules and suffer from them but shooting off at the mouth only brings discredit to your cause. I would like to see a revision of the rules over the point Mr. Coburn is making. If Mr. Coburn could keep his peace and handle it with sportsmanship and dignity, the authorities that they would be more inclined to look over the fine print.
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'Ban the Box': More States and Cities Help Ex-Cons Finally Land Jobs - NBC News

'Ban the Box': More States and Cities Help Ex-Cons Finally Land Jobs  - NBC News | Criminology and Economic Theory |
A growing movement to delete one question from hiring forms –- the query about a job prospect’s criminal history -– is now law in more than 60 cities and 12 ...
Elizabeth Sheppard's comment, June 15, 2014 9:35 PM
I think that more states should follow suit on this issue. The high un-employment rates in this country and the amount of families on welfare, businesses need to give people the chance to work if they want to. Felons do have a harder job of entering the workforce after committing their crimes. This has a snow ball affect, if the felon cant get a job, he/she cant feed their families, which then makes higher uses of welfare, and if a felon cant provide for the family than the environment changes for that child perhaps leading them to the life a crime just like the parent making a cause-effect relationship. This gives them a chance to get that job, it doesn't tell the companies that they must higher the person, but if gives them a fair chance to try and prove themselves and contribute a positive to society. The business doing the hiring can always do more investigation if need be, to determine a persons integrity and past issues. The article mentions that small businesses will get hurt in this because they cant afford back round checks and will make the hiring process longer. They still will get to interview the person and make the determination if they want to hire them and can still ask questions. More people need to work, we shouldn't keep them from being productive members of society based on past bad judgement. Also if the person doesn't work out, the hiring official can always fire them and look for another person. This is not telling the employer they must make a life long commitment to the employee, its just asking for the chance to prove they can do the job needed.
Montana Lee Nolan's comment, June 16, 2014 2:29 AM
I largely support ‘Banning the Box.’ Never before did I really think how something like that could affect so many people in our country, but it is right there in front of our eyes. Our government is set up to where once convicted of a crime you do your time and that’s that. Your punishment isn’t supposed to continue on throughout the rest of your life after you leave jail or prison. The whole point of incarceration is to make sure that criminals pay for whatever crime they committed with their time, and to also rehabilitate these criminals to where they can rejoin society once released and live a better life. How can someone rejoin society and live a better life after release when no employers will even think of considering hiring an ex-convict? Ex-convicts not being eligible to hire can put them at risk for reconvicting. Yes, criminal history is a public record, but it shouldn’t interfere with someone trying to fix their life.
Amanda McColley's comment, June 17, 2014 11:12 PM
It is impossible to prevent a potential employer from judging someones work potential if they know of an individuals criminal record. Granted I am sure some employers would give the individual a chance to explain the charge but there are too many people who label and stereotype that once a criminal, always a criminal. Even when it comes to someones sexual preference, race or even a pregnant female, there will always be someone who will judge others before getting to know them. Banning the box would be a huge movement in lowering overall unemployment rates. While it could be risky in some situations, overall I believe that the best way for an ex-con to become successful and to prevent them from falling back in to criminal lifestyle is to give them the opportunity to work and make their own living.
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John Oliver finds humor in net neutrality, but loses the facts

John Oliver finds humor in net neutrality, but loses the facts | Criminology and Economic Theory |
Comedian John Oliver of HBO's "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" has done the unimaginable: He made the debate over the Federal Communications Commission 's proposed net neutrality rules compelling. Now if only he'd gotten the facts right.
Rob Duke's comment, June 6, 2014 7:10 PM
Here's another example of a complex issue that may or may not be a version of white collar crime. Is this influence peddling? Or, a search for a reasonable alternative to a market gone awry because of recent court rulings?
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Suspect in Seattle Pacific University Rampage Researched Mass Shootings - NBC News

Suspect in Seattle Pacific University Rampage Researched Mass Shootings - NBC News | Criminology and Economic Theory |
The 26-year-old man accused of killing a student and shooting three others at a Seattle college researched on other mass shootings — specifically the Columbi...
Jeffrey Evan's comment, June 9, 2014 5:02 AM
Out of this tragic event a hero has risen, thank god that one of the students was able to subdue the gunman before more people were killed or injured. this is why i partially agree with guns should be allowed on university campuses because i believe there will be less violence and people could defend themselves. But there are always negative repercussions to that also.
Christopher Bedel's comment, June 10, 2014 12:31 AM
This young man is lucky to be a hero in this case and not another victim, in my understanding the gunman had not known of the chock in the shotgun having only three shots. God bless this young man for having the courage to take control of this and restrain the gunman.