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Examining the possibilities of abuse of power without the constraint of New Public Administration.
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The factors associated with proven re-offending following release from prison: findings from Waves 1 to 3 of Surveying Prisoner Crime Reduction (UK)

The analysis identified a number of factors as independently associated with re-offending after release. These related to:

- Prior offending

- Drug use, accommodation and employment in the community

- In-prison attitudes and behaviour

- Regular truancy from school in childhood


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The Internet was supposed to fight back yesterday. Instead, it fizzled.

The Internet was supposed to fight back yesterday. Instead, it fizzled. | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Online freedom activists tried to relight the digital fire from the SOPA/PIPA blackout. But it fizzled.

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Bob Boynton's curator insight, February 12, 2014 5:58 PM

“To invade the privacy of American citizens and legal residents, violating the sovereignty of the United States and European countries, is mind-boggling,” said Neamin Zeleke, managing director for the news service"


But we have been assured that spying is completely legal, and that everyone does it. How can it then be mind-boggling?


And why it there little or no regulation?


"Technology developed in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks has provided the foundation for a multibillion-dollar industry with its own annual conferences, where firms based in the most developed countries offer surveillance products to governments that don’t yet have the ability to produce their own."


Well, it is a multi-billion dollar 'industry.' And we would not want to stand in the way of multi-billions.

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Cecily McMillan's Occupy trial is a huge test of US civil liberties. Will they survive?

Cecily McMillan's Occupy trial is a huge test of US civil liberties. Will they survive? | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it

Chase Madar: For years, comparing American freedom to Russian tyranny seemed like an exaggeration. But maybe we're not so different after all


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Anti-Police protestors victimized by street gang… hilarity ensues…

Anti-Police protestors victimized by street gang… hilarity ensues… | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A group of people who are part of an organization called CopBlock found themselves the victims of theft. Now these anti police protesters are upset because the police would not violate the rights of suspects who victimized them.
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Silk Road 2.0 hacked with over £1.6 million in bitcoin allegedly stolen

Silk Road 2.0 hacked with over £1.6 million in bitcoin allegedly stolen | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Silk Road 2 moderator Defcon has claimed that hackers have stolen over 4,000 bitcoins after using a transaction malleability exploit to hack into the black market.
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U.N. urged to freeze anti-drug aid to Vietnam over death penalty | Reuters

U.N. urged to freeze anti-drug aid to Vietnam over death penalty | Reuters | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
VIENNA (Reuters) - Three groups campaigning against the death penalty called on the United Nations to freeze counter-narcotics aid to Vietnam after it sentenced 30 people to die for heroin trafficking.Judges
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Fairbanks' Community Service Patrol might take on broader duties on inebriates

Fairbanks' Community Service Patrol might take on broader duties on inebriates | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
FAIRBANKS – The downtown Fairbanks-based Community Service Patrol may play a role in a citywide effort to get seriously intoxicated people off the streets this year.
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Sawyer Skiba's comment, February 17, 2014 12:31 AM
I am a justice and fire science student. Over the last year I have heard multiple times from city fire fighters and police officers how they are getting tired of dealing with the drunk people. It is taking up valuable time and resources that could be desperately needed at a moments notice. I think that it is great they have found a way to solve this problem. This seems like a perfect way to serve the community while freeing up people to do real police, fire, and EMS work.
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Inside a Mental Hospital Called Jail

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For some of the mentally ill, the only place to get medical treatment these days is behind bars.
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Anchorage man faces murder charge for Mountain Village death

Anchorage man faces murder charge for Mountain Village death | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A 23-year-old Anchorage man accused of killing a Mountain Village man was reportedly extremely drunk when he knocked over his alleged victim’s honey bucket and the two men began to wrestle in feces.
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Same old system, or Restorative Justice--Which is the more appropriate remedy for this case?

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NYPD Unions Seek 'Stop-and-Frisk' Ruling

NYPD Unions Seek 'Stop-and-Frisk' Ruling | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Police unions want the courts to decide whether a judge properly ordered changes to the program.
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New Afghan Law Disastrous for Women, Says National Geographic Photographer

New Afghan Law Disastrous for Women, Says National Geographic Photographer | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Rights groups want Afghan President Hamid Karzai to reject a law protecting perpetrators of domestic violence.
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Cruel and Unusual Punishment: The Shame of Three Strikes Laws

Cruel and Unusual Punishment: The Shame of Three Strikes Laws | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
While Wall Street crooks walk, thousands sit in California prisons for life over crimes as trivial as stealing socks
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Law Enforcement & Police - Police News, Training, Equipment & Law Enforcement Jobs LawOfficer.com

Law Enforcement & Police - Police News, Training, Equipment & Law Enforcement Jobs LawOfficer.com | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it

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Growing Up Locked Down - Youth in Solitary Confinement in Jails and Prisons Across the United States

Growing Up Locked Down - Youth in Solitary Confinement in Jails and Prisons Across the United States | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Every day, in jails and prisons across the United States, young people under the age of 18 are held in solitary confinement. They spend 22 or more hours each day alone, usually in a small cell behind a solid steel door, completely isolated both physically and socially, often for day...

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Carolyn C.'s comment, February 26, 2014 8:52 PM
Wow I was actually unaware of this. Kids need a higher level of interaction than adults so this is actually very unhealthy. There is no rehabilitation here. I have very mixed feelings but overall feel terrible for these young kids. They are put away in solitary confinement (after being tried as adults) so they aren’t put with adults in cells and when they act out. How can some of these actions be legal? That poor mentally ill child. There should be no solitary for children.
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AT&T Wants to Track Your Downloads and Bandwidth Use

AT&T Wants to Track Your Downloads and Bandwidth Use | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Service provider proposes "credits" system in new patent (AT&T wants to track your downloads and penalize you for streaming too much http://t.co/L8LkKEhA5x)...

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The Day We Fight Back Generates Nearly 100K Calls To Congress

The Day We Fight Back Generates Nearly 100K Calls To Congress | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The returns are in for "The Day We Fight Back," a nationwide rally against unfettered government spying that saw citizens, officials, activist groups, and companies take to the Internet and the streets on Tuesday.
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Terrorism: How Have Other Countries Handled It? - Constitutional Rights Foundation

Terrorism: How Have Other Countries Handled It? How Should We? The attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001 took the lives of thousands of people and demonstrated that terrorism is one of the most significant problem
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Treading softly, Thai riot police move to reclaim protest sites

Treading softly, Thai riot police move to reclaim protest sites | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thousands of Thai riot police were deployed on Friday to seize back protest sites around government buildings in Bangkok that have been occupied for months by demonstrators seeking
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CBS13 Camera Captures Dramatic Takedown Of Sacramento Suspect - CBS Sacramento

CBS13 Camera Captures Dramatic Takedown Of Sacramento Suspect - CBS Sacramento | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Our cameras were there when the suspect hopped over a fence and took off on a bike toward CBS13 photojournalist James Taylor.
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Stop Working - Lifeline Training - LawOfficer.com

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Hyperbole? Probably.  But just in case that it's not: This is bullshit!  You don't get into law enforcement to get a parade.  People don't often smile and wave--thank you's are so rare that they make us get all emotional when they are given.  If that's what you want, join the fire department.  Otherwise, get out there and work.  Fight the good fight--in the field--and in court, if necessary, but don't lie down on the job.  No one is saying that Terry v. Ohio is bad, but NYPD-style stop-and-frisk isn't about Terry stops.  Cops have a responsibility to do some due diligence and build some reasonable suspicion.  This protects us all from a future police state that wants to stop anyone for anything anytime--nobody wants that, so let's all go back to building probable cause.

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Man Fired After Employer Learns of Trespassing Misdemeanor 40 Years Ago

Man Fired After Employer Learns of Trespassing Misdemeanor 40 Years Ago | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Donel Fuller is just one out of potentially millions discriminated against because of a criminal history. But the Ban the Box campaign is changing that.
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Political site, but interesting question: should we do more to reintegrate ex-cons?

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David S's comment, February 16, 2014 9:58 AM
These are the kinds of things that highlight the fact that we say one thing but do something else. We want criminals to be punished for their wrong doing and pay their debt to society and they do. However, when they’re released they are still getting hit with a societal double jeopardy as they are continued to be punished for what they did. A lack of decent jobs, housing, benefits, and the person regresses into past behavior in order to survive, ends of back in jail, and we wonder what happened. Granted this is a gross generalization of the problem, but with as high a recidivism rate as we have it sure seems to fit in many cases, this one in particular.<br>This man is being denied a job because of a crime he committed 40 years ago. Really? I mean common, let’s sit down and talk about this a rationale people. If he hasn’t continued doing it that means that at least in that area he’s changed and should be given a chance. Otherwise let us be honest with ourselves and them and keep them locked up forever, but what a horrible society that would be. One without forgiveness and hope for change. We should be spending at least as much on the prisons as we do for programs that help set them up for successful reintegration into society if not more so. The primary goal of the corrections system is supposed to be change of behavior for the criminals so they don’t commit crimes anymore. As we can see, it hasn’t worked, so we need to try something new.
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NYPD experiments with Google Glass

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Shasta Pomeroy's comment, February 9, 2014 8:24 PM
In this article, it states that the NYPD are currently considering using the new Google glasses for their police work. The possible forms of use suggested within this article for the Google glasses are crime scene photos, arrest footage, videos of arrests, as well as contacting police headquarters. The use of videos and photographs are exceedingly helpful within crime scenes for forensic evidence as well as during a day of police work, the videos can also give only subjective views of evidence. Depending on lighting, angles, and sound capabilities the evidence can only be used to a certain extent when compiling evidence. Photography is essential in crime scene investigations already and therefore the Google glasses could be used to supplement this evidence. As crime scene photography is needed to be taken is several different forms such as black and white, color, zoomed out, zoomed in. And the Google glasses may not be able to take as sophisticated of photos, but can still be used as corroborating evidence. The idea of adding another form of technology to police work should definitely be considered, but should also go under scientific testing to determine it’s dependability.
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Economy and Crime Spur New Puerto Rican Exodus

Economy and Crime Spur New Puerto Rican Exodus | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Puerto Rico’s extended woes, including high unemployment and pervasive crime, are causing a worrisome exodus of professionals and middle-class residents to places like Florida and Texas.
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California begins to release prisoners after reforming its three-strikes law - ABA Journal

California begins to release prisoners after reforming its three-strikes law - ABA Journal | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
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