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Man Who Recorded Walter Scott Being Shot by Cop Speaks Out

Man Who Recorded Walter Scott Being Shot by Cop Speaks Out | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
"I won't deny that I knew the magnitude of this, and I even thought about erasing the video," Santana said in an interview on MSNBC's "All In With Chris Hayes" Wednesday.

"I felt that my life, with this information, might be in danger. I thought about erasing the video and just getting out of the community, you know Charleston, and living some place else," the 23-year-old said. "I knew the cop didn't do the right thing."
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L.A. County makes it easier for ex-inmates to get Section 8 housing

L.A. County makes it easier for ex-inmates to get Section 8 housing | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
In a close vote, Los Angeles County supervisors decided Tuesday to make it easier for people released from jail or prison to apply for federally subsidized housing.

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How Can Trust Be Assured in a Sharing Economy?

How Can Trust Be Assured in a Sharing Economy? | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Vatler CEO and Co-Founder Hamza Ouazzani Chahdi and Handy CEO and Co-Founder Oisin Hanrahan discuss issues around trust in a sharing economy.

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'Denali Justice' examines legal fallout from botched 1981 Mount McKinley rescue

'Denali Justice' examines legal fallout from botched 1981 Mount McKinley rescue | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
In December 1981, a group of men stranded for four days high on Mount McKinley following a plane crash watched helicopters circle overhead with no ability to provide supplies or rescue. Two men died, and an ensuing legal battle changed the expectations of rescue operations in Alaska and Outside.
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What is Integral Critical Theory?, Joe Corbett

What is Integral Critical Theory?, Joe Corbett | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it

There are several different lineages of critical theory, but the central or main lineage derives from the influence of Karl Marx and Max Weber on the Frankfurt School, and its culmination in the work of Jurgen Habermas. Critical Theory itself is concerned with human emancipation from oppression through the critique and transformation of cultural and social forces. And perhaps most significantly from an integrally informed point of view, it posits material and collective liberation as the conditional context and pre-requisite for individual psychological and spiritual development. In other words, we cannot truly be emancipated until we are all emancipated in our daily practices and ways of thinking, for truly and holistically considered, as the saying goes, no (wo)man is an island. True human emancipation is achieved collectively, or not at all.


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The Shocking Truth About What It Would Cost Us All If Walmart Paid A Living Wage

The Shocking Truth About What It Would Cost Us All If Walmart Paid A Living Wage | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Let’s say we get Walmart workers off of food stamps. What does that do to prices?
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Cost to Walmart: $4.8B to save the tax payer $300M in food stamps.  That's why Walmart lobbies.....

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Feds Charge Former Giant Will Allen With Ponzi Fraud

Feds Charge Former Giant Will Allen With Ponzi Fraud | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The SEC said Allen and Daub paid about $20 million to investors but received only around $13 million in loan repayments from athletes. To make up the gap they paid investors with other investors' money rather than actual profits on the investments, in a classic Ponzi scheme, the agency said.

"The defendants sold investors on the idea of lending money to pro athletes, but we allege that's not where a large portion of the investors' money went. As in any Ponzi scheme, the appearance of a successful investment was only an illusion sustained by lies," said Paul G. Levenson, Director of the SEC's Boston Regional Office.
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Kansas wants to ban welfare recipients from seeing movies, going swimming on government’s dime

Advocates for House Bill 2258 say the bill is about "having a great life."
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China: One-child policy proves hard to undo - CNN.com

China: One-child policy proves hard to undo - CNN.com | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Since the early 1980s, the Party has enforced a draconian one-child policy on most Chinese to curb population growth.

When the propaganda didn't work, local officials have resorted to abortions, heavy fines, and forced sterilization. It's perhaps the most hated policy in China.

Now, under relaxed restrictions announced just over a year ago, couples like Yang Xue and Chang Zi'an, both professionals working in Beijing, are eligible for a second child to join their baby girl -- 11-month-old Tao Zi, or Little Peach.
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Kenzi Mucha's comment, April 8, 2015 4:31 PM
I agree and disagree with China's original solution. They should've allowed for application for 2 children this whole time as to not create the population age gap.
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Therapeutic Jurisprudence in the Mainstream

Therapeutic Jurisprudence in the Mainstream | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The main question was, “How do we radically transform a family court system from one that disrupts and tears apart families to one that helps heal them?” The Families Matter initiative intended to help develop and support a family justice system with an interdisciplinary, holistic and therapeutic focus; to make a broad range of family and individual services available to separating families; to foster greater use of alternative dispute resolution at the earliest stages of a case; and to encourage training law students, lawyers, judges, and court personnel toward a less adversarial, therapeutic, holistic focus when dealing with family law matters.
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Supreme Court Justices Are Unelected, Life-Tenured Politicians Masquerading as Judges

Supreme Court Justices Are Unelected, Life-Tenured Politicians Masquerading as Judges | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
For the past three years, I have been defending a book I wrote titled Supreme Myths: Why the Supreme Court Is not a Court and Its Justices are Not Judges. I was not saying partisan politics drives the court (though sometimes it does). Instead, I argued that the court is...
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Struggling

Struggling | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Pit stop THE residents of Kotobuki live not far from the glitzy shops and upscale restaurants of Yokohama, Japan’s second-biggest city, adjoining Tokyo, the...
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Alexander Yakovlev's comment, April 4, 2015 11:30 PM
Speaking of our topic, it is really interesting to see that some of the prisons are actually better than some of the cities. This article talks about Yokohama and how poor people live over there; while I was reading it, I thought about Sweden and Norway. These countries have better prisons then regular person’s life in Yokohama. It is upsetting that there is such an imbalance in the world. Some people kill other people and live better than those who have been working their whole life.
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A marriage made in heaven

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TO ITS earliest European witnesses the main festival of the cult of Jagannath, in the city of Puri in eastern India, was simply a bloodbath. On a huge cart with 16...
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Budget cuts would eliminate Alaska cold case unit

Budget cuts would eliminate Alaska cold case unit | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The unit tasked with wringing new facts from murder and missing person cases long gone quiet could be cut under the Alaska Legislature's current budget proposal. The four-person team has led to new arrests or charges in nine cases in its 13-year history. 
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Bringing Mothers In Prison Closer To Their Children, Through Music

Bringing Mothers In Prison Closer To Their Children, Through Music | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Mothers in prison rarely get a chance to see or touch their children — or sing them a lullaby. A group of professional musicians is helping female inmates in New York City to create those connections.

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Valerie Jenness's comment, August 14, 7:07 AM
Truly touching story about mothers in prison.
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Report: Seattle's New Approach to Low-Level Drug Offenses Produces Nearly 60% Reduction in Recidivism | Drug Policy Alliance

In 2011, Seattle launched ‘Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion’ (LEAD), a bold new harm reduction-oriented approach to address low-level drug and prostitution crimes and break the cycle of addiction, joblessness and homelessness. Under LEAD, police officers exercise discretion to divert individuals for certain criminal offenses (including low-level drug sales) to a case manager and a comprehensive network of services, instead of booking them to jail and initiating the standard criminal justice process.

LEAD established a unique collaboration between multiple stakeholders who all work together to find new ways to solve old problems. Stakeholders include police, district attorneys, mental health and drug treatment providers, housing providers and other service agencies, the business community, public defenders, elected officials, and community leaders. LEAD emerged from a growing consensus that the war on drugs has failed, its associated racial disparities are unacceptable, and there is a need for innovative, effective approaches to reduce the number of people entering the criminal justice system.
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The Wealth vs. Welfare Debate

The Wealth vs. Welfare Debate | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
the wealthy continue to see advantages in wealth and economic opportunity, thanks in part to economic policies that favor them. Like that yacht in the picture, for instance: savvy billionaires know that there are any number of tax deductions that come with owning a boat -- the bigger, the better.
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Veblen would understand...

 

Give the underground economy legitimate means to operate and resolve disputes (with strict regulation) and under-invested communities will build themselves. According to Nils Christie, we allow too many of these resources to be bled off in the justice and penal system (or into the pockets of the cartels, mafias and other rent-seeking actors--see Gary Becker & more recently Sudhir Venkatesh), but we could choose to leave most of these resources in place. How much vice could a neighborhood really create before being faced with a need to diversify their endeavors, interests and investments?

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It's Depressing But True: The Bankers Run the Show

Taking back democracy starts with money and banking.

 

According to a new study from Princeton University, American democracy no longer exists. Using data from over 1,800 policy initiatives from 1981 to 2002, researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin Page concluded that rich, well-connected individuals on the political scene now steer the direction of the country, regardless of – or even against – the will of the majority of voters. America's political system has transformed from a democracy into an oligarchy, where power is wielded by wealthy elites.

“Making the world safe for democracy” was President Woodrow Wilson’s rationale for World War I, and it has been used to justify American military intervention ever since. Can we justify sending troops into other countries to spread a political system we cannot maintain at home?


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LA's New Parking Signs Are Brilliant and Every City Should Copy Them

LA's New Parking Signs Are Brilliant and Every City Should Copy Them | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
In the quest to make parking suck less, there are apps that help you find a space, and meters where you can pay with a swipe of your credit card. But LA has launched a simple, low-tech solution to make parking better: Well-designed signage that offers no ambiguity whatsoever when it comes to where you can park, when you can park there, and how much it will cost.
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Apple takes heat for barring felons from construction work

Apple takes heat for barring felons from construction work | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A state senator expressed his concerns about Apple’s policy of not hiring construction workers with past felony convictions to help build the tech giant’s new campus. Union leaders told The Chronicle that several workers suddenly lost their jobs in January working on Apple’s new campus because they had past felony convictions. Union leaders sent letters expressing their concerns to Apple CEO Tim Cook and state Attorney General Kamala Harris. Documents from the construction companies showed th
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Our Founding Fathers included Islam

Our Founding Fathers included Islam | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Thomas Jefferson didn't just own a Quran -- he engaged with Islam and fought to ensure the rights of Muslims
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TJ was and continues to be an enigma.  Forward looking one minute and backward the next. 

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Performance anxiety

Performance anxiety | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
CONVICTED of racketeering, 11 educators were handcuffed on April 1st for their roles in a cheating scandal within Atlanta’s public schools (APS) that stretches...
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White Collar Crime...or something else entirely?

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Kenzi Mucha's comment, April 8, 2015 4:37 PM
They are other ways of raising test scores. There are many schools who have been improving over recent years and this school should have reached out to them to get help. They ruined a lot of children's futures by cheating the system.
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Little Village mother forgives son's killer, forms ministry to combat gangs

Little Village mother forgives son's killer, forms ministry to combat gangs | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Doris Hernandez still doesn't know who killed her son Freddy Cervantes two years ago. She said she doesn't need to know. She already forgives the perpetrator.
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Courtney Thompson's comment, April 7, 2015 6:04 PM
I think that this mother is very courageous in speaking up. I can see that she just wants the hatred to stop and hopefully that people will see to not hold grudges. She makes a brilliant point that yes she is hurting but the mother of the other child is hurting more knowing that her son is a murderer. I think people can learn a lot from her actions. We can forgive but never forget.
Rob Duke's comment, April 8, 2015 12:53 PM
Courtney, I agree on this mother's courage! How difficult this must be. The transformative power of Restorative Justice is amazing to me. First, we Empower (equalize the power between) both parties; and then we have the potential to have Recognition where both parties see a reflection of themselves and their values looking back across the table or courtroom.
Kenzi Mucha's comment, April 8, 2015 4:44 PM
She is an inspiration and in my opinion, borderline revolutionary when it comes to involving the victim in the crime. While they don't know who killed her son, I believe her speaking up will help deter other gang members, especially new and young ones, to reconsider the life they are on the path to. She is a wonderful person and I have no doubt that her son would be damn proud.
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Why The Best Supreme Court Predictor In The World Is Some Random Guy In Queens

Why The Best Supreme Court Predictor In The World Is Some Random Guy In Queens | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
On June 28, 2012, opponents of the Affordable Care Act celebrated on the steps of the Supreme Court. They had just learned that the law’s individual mandate was struck down. Both CNN and Fox News b...
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See Nate Silver's The Signal in the Noise.

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Public Shamings

Public Shamings | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
In most circumstances, the consequences for low-level misdemeanors are fines, community service, or brief jail sentences. But some judges occasionally rely on “shaming” punishments — public displays intended to embarrass an individual into not reoffending. Whether they’re actually effective remains an open question; there’s no direct research that tracks the impact of public shaming on recidivism rates. Psychologist June Tangney of George Mason University has studied guilt and shame among inmates, and found that shame isn’t the most useful emotion. (What’s the difference? Guilt means regretting an action. Shame means feeling bad about yourself as a person.)
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DERRICK NELSON's comment, April 5, 2015 12:52 AM
Public shaming is a great technique to using restorative justice. Although studies have not really been tracking its rehabilitative efforts, there are many cases where the convicted learned a valuable lesson.
Courtney Thompson's comment, April 7, 2015 6:09 PM
Public shaming is a rehabilitation effort and an interesting one at that. The idea being we will embarrass them so much that all of the community will know what they did and they will never do it again. Could work but it could backfire. It could backfire by the "criminal" thinking that everyone thinks i am a criminal and a bad guy so then I will be one. It is an interesting rehabilitation effort, and one I would like to know if it works.
Mark Stoller's comment, May 8, 2015 12:39 AM
The sign holding punishments I think should be aloud, however not sentencing child molesters is to far. Those people are disturbed and should not be let off that easy, plus the safety of those criminals is in jeopardy, which isn’t moral.