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Former executioners share their misgivings about death penalty

Former executioners share their misgivings about death penalty | Criminology and Economic Theory |
Ron McAndrew, a former prison warden, said he began to have doubts about the death penalty after seeing flames dance from the head of an inmate strapped into Florida's electric chair.
Eric Martinsen's comment, October 29, 2012 2:55 AM
I would imagine that killing people is not something that would go easily on your conscience, probably a bit worrying if it didn't. I used to be fine with the idea of the death penalty, really I'd still have no qualms with a person who committed a horrible crime be dead and unable to harm anyone further. However as justice classes have shown me, the death penalty is actually more costly, doesn't really help victims, and has had a disturbing amount of error in sentencing. For those reasons I am now against the death penalty, but I'd say just those reasons. It'd take a strong person to be the executioner though, to kill someone not fighting back is probably what makes it that much worse.
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China portrays racism as a Western problem - Banyan

China portrays racism as a Western problem - Banyan | Criminology and Economic Theory |

THE annual “Spring Festival Gala”, broadcast on the eve of the lunar new year, is the most-watched television programme on Earth. It is also one of the most vetted by the authorities, for it is intended not merely to entertain its 800m-odd Chinese viewers. Less-than-subliminal messaging is designed to showcase how contented all Chinese are under a wise Communist leadership—and, in recent years, how gratefully the world welcomes China’s benign activities in it. So what could one make of an excruciatingly crass sketch in this year’s show that put racist stereotypes of Africans at the heart of the supposed jollity?

The skit’s topic was, for sure, a sketch-writer’s nightmare: celebration of a Chinese-built fast train in Kenya. And if the savannah backdrop and tribal dances with which the scene opened were the stuff of cliché, at least real Africans were used in the making of it. But then a Chinese actress appeared in blackface and African dress, with exaggerated fake buttocks and a bowl of fruit on her head. For no clear reason she had in tow a blackfaced Chinese man dressed as a monkey. The humorous highlight was meant to be when this woman’s daughter missed the prospect of a date with the show’s handsome Chinese host thanks to the unexpected arrival of his (Chinese) bride. Far from being upset for her daughter, the mother didn’t mind because, she exclaimed, “I love the Chinese people! I love China!” The audience were delighted.

Chinese officials often try to portray racism as primarily a Western problem. Yet there is a widespread tendency in China to look down on other races, especially black people. Two years ago a television ad for a laundry detergent showed a young Chinese woman luring a black man closer, triumphantly popping a detergent capsule into his mouth and stuffing him into a washing machine. At the end of the cycle, out came a fresh-faced Chinese man, over whom the woman swooned. Among the tens of thousands of Africans living in a neighbourhood of Guangzhou known as “Chocolate City”, many report racist slights.

The outraged response of many netizens in China to the African skit suggests a growing awareness at home that bigotry is a Chinese problem, too. It may be one that time will help alleviate. After all, America went from bans on inter-racial marriage to electing a black president in a mere four decades. And even those Chinese who acknowledge that China has a problem rightly observe that it is far from the worst offender. Myanmar burns Rohingya villages, Islamic State tried to wipe out the Yazidis, and Sudan until recently enslaved black Africans. Racism in China, by contrast, is seldom expressed violently.

But a problem it is, and one that is aggravated by the authorities’ efforts to suppress discussion of it (censors raced online to delete criticism of the TV sketch). The Communist Party fears that such debate may undermine its efforts to portray Chinese people as victims of Western racism during the 19th and early 20th centuries—a narrative of humiliation which the party regards as a crucial explanation of why it has the right to rule.

It does not help that long after scientific notions of race were demolished in the West, and social or behavioural classifications of race shown to be imagined constructs, race remains an accepted form of discourse in China—even in academic circles. Frank Dikötter of the University of Hong Kong argues that contemporary notions of race in China began to develop at the end of the 19th century among modernisers, who were inspired by Western intellectual fads such as social Darwinism. As the last imperial dynasty, the Qing, crumbled, the search was on to find a unifier for a sprawling empire, culturally and linguistically diverse, that encompassed Manchu rulers, Tibetan herders, Turkic caravan-drivers, Hunanese peasants, Shanghainese entrepreneurs and colonial subjects in Hong Kong. Neither religion nor language (no standard Chinese existed then) would serve.

Race, then, became the tool to forge an accidental nation out of empire—a project that absorbed Chinese nationalists for much of the 20th century. After the death of Mao Zedong, when academic life began to recover at universities, anthropology was rehabilitated. Its practitioners threw themselves into an orgy of cranial, serological and other tests—supposedly to prove that Tibetans, Uighurs and other officially defined “minority” peoples in China’s borderlands were closely related to a “Han” Chinese majority, and that all shared a common origin. The mythical Yellow Emperor enjoys an approved cult status in China as the progenitor of the Chinese race. Chinese academics remain curiously resistant to an “out of Africa” explanation of human origins.

An all-embracing device

This, says Mr Dikötter, is race put to an inclusionary use: preserving what in effect were China’s imperial borders. Of course, some groups are more equal than others. China’s 55 officially designated minorities are today still depicted in the state’s propaganda in terms remarkably like black people in the minstrel shows that were once popular in the West. They are cheerful, colourfully attired and prone to break into dance or song. Not usually harmful, they are nevertheless in need of raising to a less childlike plane of evolutionary development, the state suggests.

The same applies to Africans, and even other groups along China’s expanding “belt-and-road” network of investment in other countries’ infrastructure. It was Mao in the 1950s who first promoted the mantle of Chinese leadership in Africa—under the guise of class solidarity, but in reality with a whiff of racial tutelage. Today, the paternalism struggles to disguise itself, as in the recent variety show. But when the authorities signally fail to acknowledge China’s home-grown racism, they should not be surprised if their civilising mission goes underappreciated, either from ungrateful minorities in Xinjiang or Tibet, or from those who, in countries that face waves of state-led commercial involvement, complain of Chinese neocolonialism abroad.

Stanley Kreft's comment, February 24, 11:53 PM
This is a classic example of the communist party silencing anything that the world may sense as damaging or demeaning to the Chinese government, and then defying what is socially acceptable by outright expression. To say that the west is racist then to put down every minority in your country as inferior to Han descendants, the world would condemn anyone else for this. I couldn't even imagine the backlash which would and should rightly follow a commercial such as the one in this article with the laundry detergent, that company would be bankrupt and out of business by the end of the week yet nothing was heard there.
Amanda Watkins's comment, Today, 3:57 PM
I do not agree that racism is a western issue only. I think the western lifestyle does appeal to most other countries do to advance in lifestyle, but I see racism all over the world. The Chinese government might not want to look bad but in the article reporting “chocolate city” and the commercial and what that is insinuating is completely racist and that are things that would not fly in the western world. I have heard numerous examples over the years how Asian countries view the white man as being more privileged and “better” than the black man. I have heard individuals from various Asian countries explain that in their countries white man is thought to have money where black man is thought to be poor. Now, we could argue that the history of racism and the struggle for equality to this day could have manipulated how other countries and nationalities view African American men and women.
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'No foreigners accepted': The food bank that turns away non-Germans | Euronews

'No foreigners accepted': The food bank that turns away non-Germans | Euronews | Criminology and Economic Theory |
Has solidarity got limits? It does at one food bank in west Germany’s town of Essen, where only newcomers presenting a German ID card will receive food. Such was the recent decision of the management, sparking a wave of criticism.

“We want German grandmothers to keep coming to us,” Jörg Sartor told a local paper. He heads the facility in Essen which is part of Tafel Deutschland, a nationwide charitable association providing free meals for the poor at 930 food banks. So far, it is the only facility to have introduced the measure.

On its website the food bank said 75 percent of its clients were foreigners at its peak; the fall out of the steep rise in asylum seekers over recent years. It said it found itself “forced” to introduce the measure “in order to ensure reasonable integration.”
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Egyptian court sentences 21 to death on terrorism charges

Egyptian court sentences 21 to death on terrorism charges | Criminology and Economic Theory |
An Egyptian court sentenced on Thursday 21 people to death and seven others to up to life in prison over belonging to a group believed to be affiliated with the extremist Daesh group, the state-run MENA news agency reported.
Beside the 21 death sentences, the court handed down life sentences — which in Egypt are equal to 25 years — to four defendants, and 15-year-sentences to three others, MENA said.
The 28 on trial were charged with belonging to an outlawed group linked to Daesh, disrupting public order, possession of weapons and endangering society among other charges. Of the total, only 12 are in custody while the others — 16 suspects — are at large.
Rights groups have repeatedly criticized similar mass sentencings in Egypt and called on authorities to ensure fair trials.
Egyptian authorities have been carrying out a wide-ranging crackdown on dissent since the 2013 military overthrow of President Muhammad Mursi, arresting thousands of his supporters as well as some well-known secular activists.
Earlier on Thursday, six suspected members of the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group were ordered detained for 15 days, pending investigation over joining a “terrorist” group.
The six were arrested on Wednesday night on a farm allegedly belonging to detained former presidential candidate and “Strong Egypt” party leader, Abdel-Monaem Abul Fetouh. He was a longtime Brotherhood member before he quit the group in 2011.
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Britain appoints first female ‘Black Rod’

Britain appoints first female ‘Black Rod’ | Criminology and Economic Theory |
Sarah Clarke, the former director of the Wimbledon tennis championships, on Tuesday became the first woman to hold the post of “Black Rod” in British Parliament.

Clarke was introduced in the House of Lords as “Lady Usher of the Black Rod,” breaking its 650-year history of men only.

Tasked with banging on the House of Commons door to summon MPs to the Queen’s Speech every year, Black Rod plays a key role in parliamentary events.

The name Black Rod derives from the ebony staff, topped with a golden lion, that the official uses to knock three times on the door.

Besides ceremonial duties, the British Parliament website says the Black Rod is responsible for controlling access to and maintaining order within the upper Lords chamber.
William Kelley's comment, February 24, 2:38 PM
Another fascinating example of ancient culture and tradition being carried on through the modern times.
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Pedophile priest convicted by German court of 108 cases of child abuse | News | DW | 22.02.2018

Pedophile priest convicted by German court of 108 cases of child abuse | News | DW | 22.02.2018 | Criminology and Economic Theory |
A German ex-priest was handed an eight-and-a-half year sentence on Thursday for 108 cases of child sexual abuse and other offenses.

The unidentified 53-year-old man will be detained in a psychiatric institution, with any possibility of future release depending on the outcome of therapy, a regional court in the southeastern town of Deggendorf ruled.

The judge said his treatment would take many years and its success was doubtful, but that a guilty plea had increased his chances of eventual release.
William Kelley's comment, February 24, 2:51 PM
This reminds me of the book 'Who Moved my Cheese?' and how me must continually assess the ones we bring into our lives.
Amanda Watkins's comment, Today, 4:09 PM
I would hope this ex-priest is never at a position where release would be a possibility. I feel like society tries to find excuses for sex offenders to try and understand the acts of some individuals. I think that gives individuals with psychiatric struggles a bad stigma because they are viewed that they too could molest children. I am an individual who does not feel like a sex offender can be rehabilitated after working with several. They continue to have the urge and none of them have accepted responsibility and present themselves as victims. I do not think psychotherapy will prevent a sex offender from reoffending. I feel that most of the time sex offenders do not reoffend because they are recognized in the community and the fear of more people, especially in jail/prison, finding out.
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The Local - Europe's news in English

The Local - Europe's news in English | Criminology and Economic Theory |
Expected to run for months before a verdict is delivered in June, the trial of Stockholm terror suspect Rakhmat Akilov is one of the biggest and most important in Sweden's history. "Unique" is how prosecutor Hans Ihrman described it, after a day where Akilov was grilled by lawyers representing the many plaintiffs with The Local in attendance.
The trial over the Stockholm attack is unusual in that Akilov survived, Ihrman said at a press conference following the end of the day's proceedings, noting that with other terror attacks the person committing it often died in the process.

That gives Sweden a rare opportunity to use the legal system to try and find some kind of closure with the event that rocked the country at its very core on April 7th, 2017, when five were killed and many others injured as a truck sped down central street Drottninggatan running pedestrians over.
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The Local - Europe's news in English

The Local - Europe's news in English | Criminology and Economic Theory |
Despite the limited effect they had on the country engulfed in Nazism, the White Rose movement is widely celebrated around the world for their resistance to Hitler. The Scholl siblings are seen as leading figures in peaceful resistance movements around the world, remembered for their courage until the moment of their deaths.

It's perhaps difficult for people fortunate enough to live in western democracies today to answer Wittenstein's question of what we would have done.
Emily Alvey's comment, February 24, 7:35 PM
I always love reading and learning about those who resisted the Nazis at the very real risk of their own life. There is no greater example of this level of positive deviance as what was seen across Europe during this time. When I went to the Holocaust museum in Washington DC, there was a wall that spanned the length of a large room, that had names and stories of people who risked their lives to act with positive deviance; things most people in the same situation would not have, and did not do, whether out of fear of repercussions or because they believed in the atrocities that happened. While the wall was overwhelming with the number of people who did something, it was also terribly small considering the population size of those that were affected by the Nazi’s reach.
I like to think that I would be one to show acts of positive deviance, and that my strong moral compass would allow me to risk everything to do the right thing. Fear, however, is a powerful motivator. It is a testament to that fear that after the death of those who were resisting, they help a pro-Nazi rally at the school. It is curious that fear is leading to scenarios when here in the US, we are willing to report our neighbors to authorities. Things that were once seemingly innocuous, such as allowing your children to play outside in the yard unsupervised will often lead to someone reporting you for neglectful parenting.
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Big cities to have family courts

Big cities to have family courts | Criminology and Economic Theory |
Justice Minister Mohammed Al-Eissa will launch Tuesday a system of special courts that will deal with family-related legal issues, such as divorce, alimony and custody, said Fahd Al-Bakran, Justice Ministry spokesman.Civil affairs departments and courts will be established in Riyadh, Makkah, Jeddah, Madinah and Dammam to review such issues, he said.“This is an extension of earlier efforts aimed at helping Justice Ministry courts bypass general courts and instead, resort to independent courts to get their cases settled,” he said.
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SR1.22bn for building new judicial facilities

SR1.22bn for building new judicial facilities | Criminology and Economic Theory |
The Justice Ministry has allocated SR1.22 billion to construct 22 new buildings for courts and public notaries in different parts of the Kingdom, said Justice Minister Mohammed Al-Eissa.Addressing an Eid Al-Adha ceremony at the ministry, Al-Eissa said the ministry would continue its efforts to develop judicial services.The development process will continue with the support of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, he said, adding that the new projects form part of the King Abdullah Judicial Development Project.
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WorldLink: Colombia prison restaurant serves a sense of purpose | All media content | DW | 12.01.2018

WorldLink: Colombia prison restaurant serves a sense of purpose | All media content | DW | 12.01.2018 | Criminology and Economic Theory |
A restaurant with a twist is drawing food connoisseurs to the Colombian city of Cartagena. The "’Inmate" restaurant opened a year ago inside the San Diego women's prison and is run almost entirely by the prisoners themselves. The idea is to give inmates the chance to learn new skills they can use once they're released.
Meaghan Tucker's comment, February 23, 2:02 AM
I think this is such a great idea! There are a lot of inmates who become homeless when they get out because they have no experience with anything. This restaurant not only provides training, but it shows society that not all inmates are horrible people.
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Two-year prison sentence reasonable grounds for firing, German court rules | News | DW | 08.02.2018

Two-year prison sentence reasonable grounds for firing, German court rules | News | DW | 08.02.2018 | Criminology and Economic Theory |
A baker jailed for attempted robbery lost his appeal to keep his job after the court in Frankfurt ruled an employer could terminate his contract. The accused had tried to compare his jail term to paternity leave.
Matt Patzke's comment, February 22, 12:53 AM
I’m not going to lie. When I first read this headline, I laughed a little bit. I have no idea how German law works when it comes to employment and having a criminal conviction, but this seems obvious that an employer can terminate your employment while your in prison for 2 years. What I find interesting is that he tries to use the excuse that if he was to have a child he would have paternity leave and thus his job could not fire him. Now I don’t know how paternity leave works in Germany but having a family and committing robbery are completely different.
Meaghan Tucker's comment, February 23, 2:07 AM
I had to laugh a little bit when I read the part about him comparing it to time off for a new born. A new born into the family is happy happy moment where family take the time to bond. Jail time is somebody serving for committing a crime against the law. Why would these two things be compared to each other at all?
Rob Duke's comment, February 23, 12:39 PM
Yes, he's definitely pushing the limits of the social welfare system....I wonder if he thought he had a chance or this was like our prison lawsuit over whether inmates had a right to chunky peanut butter....or was it smooth peanut butter?
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Iraq: German ′Islamic State′ bride sentenced to 6 years in prison | News | DW | 18.02.2018

Iraq: German ′Islamic State′ bride sentenced to 6 years in prison | News | DW | 18.02.2018 | Criminology and Economic Theory |
A court in Iraq has sentenced German teenager Linda W. to six years in prison for her involvement with "Islamic State" (IS) jihadis, German media reported on Sunday.

Citing judicial sources in Baghdad, broadcasters NDR, WDR and the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper reported that the 17-year-old was given five years for being a member of IS, as well as an extra year for entering Iraq illegally.

The trial took place before a juvenile court in the Iraqi capital and was not open to the public, the reports said. The verdict could not immediately be independently verified by authorities in Germany.
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Germany fines man €208,000 for stealing calf liver | News | DW | 20.02.2018

Germany fines man €208,000 for stealing calf liver | News | DW | 20.02.2018 | Criminology and Economic Theory |

A 58-year-old man has been given a record-breaking fine for theft at a Munich supermarket, the Munich District Court has reported.

Police arrested the man in December after he was caught taking calf liver and repackaging it as lower-cost fruit. He used the self-checkout line to purchase the meat for a fraction of its cost, estimated at being between €13 to €47 ($16 to $58). It was the fourth time in a month he had taken liver and re-packaged it as fruit, the court reported on its website on Monday.

The man had been remanded in custody in December after failing to prove he had a permanent address in Germany. At his trial he gave a full confession but was unable to give a motive for his actions. 

The court fined the man €208,000 ($258,000), citing his exorbitant monthly income and previous offenses. The fine was calculated on the basis of 260 days at €800 per day. The man was released from custody. 

The man, who can not be named under German reporting restrictions for legal cases, was given a 2-year suspended sentence in 2013 for concealing foreign bank accounts and fined €440,000. He was given a further 21-month sentence after giving a false foreign address in a tax assessment case in 2015. He was only released in 2017, just a few months before being caught taking the calf liver in the Munich-Haidhausen store in December 2017. 

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Why criminalising drug users is not effective

Business Insider spoke to Neil Woods, a former undercover drug squad officer, chairman of LEAP UK, and author of "Good Cop, Bad War".
Woods said the "British system" that treated problematic drug use as a medical issue was wiped out by US foreign policy.
He added that we need to change our approach to drug policy and start caring for people.
Read the full transcript below:

Neil Woods: In the UK we used to lead the world in drug policy. It was called the British system, and it was a fairly simple premise - if someone has a problem with drugs, they get medical help.

That British system was destroyed by American moral imperialism. American foreign policy insisted that everyone follow their lead in how to deal with drugs, and that meant criminalising people.

The last breaths of the British system was from a doctor called John Marks, who at the height of the heroin explosion, took over clinics in the Wirral and Warrington. And he continued to prescribe heroin to those people who needed it. Now the effect there was startling and the evidence outstanding, because all the gangsters who were dealing - they left. They went away to Liverpool because they had no customers.

None of his patients died. Some of them got jobs, and a lot of them went successfully into treatment because if you're not spending all your time thinking about how you're going to pay for your next fix, you do have time to think about other things.

John Marks did that for a decade, and when he published the evidence from that, the American government insisted to the British government that that end. On the other hand, the Swiss government looked at that evidence and used it to inform their entire policy. And in Switzerland, they still proscribe heroin to this day. From the moment they did that in Switzerland, their burglaries were cut in half.

But it is clear from all of the problematic heroin users I've known - and I've known a lot - the one thing that is very clear to me is that they all have some real, genuine mental health problem, and two-thirds of them are self-medicating for childhood trauma, including childhood sexual or physical abuse.

It's not just me that says that - there are 20 independent academic studies which have come up with the same numbers. Drug policy at the moment is about criminalising people. So it's time to stop treating people as criminals, and it's time to start caring for them.

I don't think an evidence-based drug policy is too much to ask for, and certainly we should take pride and go back to the British system.

Emily Alvey's comment, February 24, 7:12 PM
This makes me furious. Our "War on Drugs" has been such a joke and a complete failure. We are certainly not the shining example on effectively dealing with addicts. What arrogance our government has, to assume that we know best in these matters, when time has clearly shown that we are simply terrible and ineffective in our dealing with addicts and drugs. I am embarrassed that the UK actually made changes to their system based on our insistence. I am also exceptionally passionate about decriminalizing drug use, as well as mental illness and homelessness. Not only is it ineffective to have these issues criminalized, but it is also less cost effective than alternatives that are only just beginning to be explored in the last decade with remarkable success (imagine that!). We are doing nothing to solve the drug problem, all while costing tax payers more by doing things the way we are currently doing them.
Stanley Kreft's comment, February 24, 11:37 PM
I agree with Emily, there has been way to emphasis on simply imprisoning and criminalizing people with drug problems rather than working to correct the causes of these addiction. One of the main causes which was pointed was childhood abuse or other significant trauma's experienced by the individuals. I think the us is slowly starting to take a step in the right direction with newer exploration in things such as methadone clinics. things that allow a look at the cause versus simply punishing the individuals.
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33 Dead, 130 Injured in China Knife-Wielding Spree

33 Dead, 130 Injured in China Knife-Wielding Spree | Criminology and Economic Theory |

State officials blame the attack in Yunnan province on separatist 'terrorists.'

William Kelley's comment, February 24, 2:32 PM
If you are military or in first response and you take your role in society seriously, think about this when you train.
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Saudi sentenced to death for joining terror cell

Saudi sentenced to death for joining terror cell | Criminology and Economic Theory |
The Special Criminal Court in Riyadh on Tuesday sentenced to death a Saudi for joining the Tarout Battalion terrorist cell.
He was convicted of harming national security, killing and intimidating security forces, attacking public property, undertaking acts of sabotage and chaos, obstructing roads, inciting strife and division in the country, and participating in demonstrations in Qatif.
The convict threw Molotov cocktails at security forces, shouted anti-government slogans at demonstrations, and used his car to drive around other wanted fugitives.
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German prisons: 150 dangerous Islamists need deradicalizing, say police | News | DW | 21.02.2018

German prisons: 150 dangerous Islamists need deradicalizing, say police | News | DW | 21.02.2018 | Criminology and Economic Theory |

About 150 dangerous Islamists are being held in prisons across Germany, according to figures from the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) published by German daily Die Welt on Wednesday.

The men are either serving jail sentences or are in custody on terror-related charges, the paper cited the BKA as saying.

The newspaper said there were also several "relevant persons" being held, which it said were those regarded as sympathizers or supporters of radical Islam.

"In the next few years we must expect a wave of extremists in our prisons," the German state of Hesse's Minister of Justice, Eva Kühne-Hörmann (CDU), told the newspaper.

She referred to hundreds of investigations against Islamists, which are currently being conducted nationwide, many of them against jihadists returning to Germany from the Middle East after fighting with the "Islamic State" militant group.

Stanley Kreft's comment, Today, 12:03 AM
This article shows the difference in there correctional system and the US we are focused on imprisoning and depriving convicted individuals in an effort that they will not want to come back hopefully. Where as Germany looks to utilize the time offenders are locked up in a more positive way by reforming and working with the offenders to correct the problems that led them there in the first place. They even look to help those convicted of terrorist crimes or those planning to commit terrorist crimes, I don't know how successful they are but I hope it works, and saves the many potential victims.
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Guinea police filmed through keyhole vandalising cars

Guinea police filmed through keyhole vandalising cars | Criminology and Economic Theory |
A man managed to secretly film police vandalising cars during a protest against the results of a local election in the Guinean capital Conakry. The man behind the camera (and the door) told the Observers how he managed to catch these officers breaking the law.

The video, which is about a minute long, looks like a sequence from an action movie – James Bond looking through his visor. The men caught on camera were a group of unscrupulous police officers destroying a parked car during a protest held in Conakry, Guinea on February 12.
Amanda Watkins's comment, Today, 4:04 PM
This article is disappointing to read. It is terrifying and unfortunate that individuals in other countries cannot seek safety within their law enforcement because of acts as this. Law enforcement should not be feared and should care to earn the respect of their community. I go back and forth with the similar claims of law enforcement in the United States. I know there is corruptions in the police department but overall, I feel like our police officers try to show the community they are safe and approachable.
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The Local - Europe's news in English

The Local - Europe's news in English | Criminology and Economic Theory |
People all over the country follow the Games closely, even in the workplace.

"If the phone rings during the final sprint, I call back a few minutes later," smiles Espen Thoresen, an online community manager. In Norway, work sometimes comes second during the Winter Olympics - often with the blessings of bosses.

At Kahoot, a young Oslo start-up that makes educational apps, a big flat screen TV on the wall of the common area is showing the Vikings' latest exploits thousands of miles away in Pyeongchang.
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Breaker, breaker: CB radios, the Facebook of the 1970s, back in fashion - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Breaker, breaker: CB radios, the Facebook of the 1970s, back in fashion - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Criminology and Economic Theory |
Mr Regan's exhibition also coincides with the 40th anniversary of CB radio use being legalised in Australia.

PHOTO: A CB radio from the 1980s.
"Truckies did a lot for CB radio to have it legalised in 1977," he said.

"Before then it was a criminal offence punishable by six months in jail and/or a $100 fine.

"The Postmaster General would oversee all of this and they were catching people and fining them and some went to jail."

Today, Australian CB radio users can still be prosecuted, but only if they use 'channel five', which is designated for emergencies only.

Mr Regan's collection is on display at the Lawrence Museum until the end of November.
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Just for fun: out of Australia.
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Fast-track courts open

Justice Minister Muhammed Al-Issa has launched a system of fast disposal of legal cases at the Social Status Court (SSC) in Riyadh.“The system of making decisions in a single sitting on cases that do not require detailed study has been implemented in the Social Status Court in Riyadh. The system will be extended to other courts gradually,” Al-Issa, who is also chairman of the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC), said while inaugurating a system of special courts, including courts for commercial and labor disputes and courts for implementation of verdicts issued by other courts.
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Police: Angry mob killed suspects in murder of girl in India

Police: Angry mob killed suspects in murder of girl in India | Criminology and Economic Theory |
GAUHATI, India: Police say nearly 1,000 people dragged two suspects out of a police station and beat them to death in anger after the rape and killing of a 5-year-old girl in India’s remote northeast.
Police officer Apur Bitin says 15 police officers were injured in Monday’s mob attack in Tezu, a town in Arunachal Pradesh state.
Bitin said Tuesday the mob first demanded that the two accused be handed over to them. They later dragged the two out of the police lockup and attacked them and the heavily outnumbered police.
The girl had been killed in the nearby village of Namgo eight days ago.
Pema Khandu, the state’s top elected official, ordered a magistrate to inquire into the matter.
Emily Alvey's comment, February 24, 7:44 PM
From what I have seen of mobs, they often occur when people have lost all faith in the ability of the "system" to give them proper justice, whether that is with rape cases in India, or feelings of injustice due to racism here in the United States. From what I have read of India, the police are extremely corrupt, and often justice goes unserved. My brother’s best friend moved to India following high school graduation to live with extended family attend dental school, and spoke to how corrupt it is over there. They traveled with armed body guards for protection. Here in the United States, people are very passionate about pedophiles, so much so that they usually must be housed in different areas of a prison because they are deemed the evilest by the other prisoners and go into prison with targets on their backs. I have seen kind, generous, good and law-abiding people express violent desires when it comes to pedophiles. I am honestly not surprised by this level of violence, and my heart goes out to the victim, the little girl, and her family, and community.
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Germany: Child killer Marcel H. sentenced to life in prison | News | DW | 01.02.2018

Germany: Child killer Marcel H. sentenced to life in prison | News | DW | 01.02.2018 | Criminology and Economic Theory |
The 20-year-old was found guilty of stabbing two people in cold blood. One of his victims was only 9 years old. The murders set out a manhunt in the populous state of North Rhine-Westphalia in March 2017.
Meaghan Tucker's comment, February 23, 2:13 AM
This is horrifying to say the least. He clearly had other problems beside him being sad. Stabbing someone 120 times is a bit excessive for any murder. He deserves the time he is going to serve.I think if he was in the United States he would be getting more than 20 years.
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Iranian-Canadian environmentalist′s death in prison raises questions | News | DW | 11.02.2018

Iranian-Canadian environmentalist′s death in prison raises questions | News | DW | 11.02.2018 | Criminology and Economic Theory |
Prominent Iranian-Canadian environmentalist Kavous Seyed-Emami died in custody in Tehran a fortnight after his arrest, activists and a family member said on Sunday.

Announcing the death on social media, Seyed-Emami's son, Ramin, cast doubt on the official claim that the cause was suicide.

"They say he committed suicide. I still can't believe this," Ramin, a well-known singer, said.

The Iran Sociology Association, of which Seyed-Emami was a member, also questioned the official cause of death.

"The information published about him is not believable, and we expect officials to respond and to provide the public with information concerning his death," the association said in a statement.
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Suspects arrested in theft, slaughter of pregnant Berlin petting zoo goat | News | DW | 19.02.2018

Suspects arrested in theft, slaughter of pregnant Berlin petting zoo goat | News | DW | 19.02.2018 | Criminology and Economic Theory |
Two suspects have been taken into custody for stealing and hacking to death a pregnant goat at a petting zoo, authorities in Berlin said Monday, in what may be part of a larger killing spree.

Police arrested two Romanian men on Sunday as they fled over the fence of the Haseheide petting zoo, normally a serene place for parents to take their children to look at cute animals and go on pony rides.

One of the men was found with a knife with traces of blood. Not far away police found a backpack with animal legs and blood-smeared gloves, Berlin Morgen Post reported.

A curly-white haired Angora goat named Lilly was reportedly found with its throat slit and body parts separated, in a brutal act that resembled a recent similar incident.
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