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Oakland Neighborhoods Crowd-Fund Private Police - Hit & Run : Reason.com

Oakland Neighborhoods Crowd-Fund Private Police - Hit & Run : Reason.com | Law Enforcement | Scoop.it
Residents in a wealthier part of Oakland, California have turned to private security forces to their neighborhoods safe. Oakland, already a perennial
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 VMA Security Group has been hired by Rockridge residents due to a desire for the appearance of more safety. This widens a gap of inequality given that these private police forces are not bound to cater to entire populations (similar to the unfortunate reality of public sector law enforcement in Oakland). 


Those who did not sign and initiate these private contracts are left out: "if there are problems with patrols in the neighborhood, we have no one to go to because we're not contractees" - Nicole Aruda (resident)

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EC3 hosts seminar for law enforcement and private sector to combat online child sexual exploitation – Virtual Global Taskforce

EC3 hosts seminar for law enforcement and private sector to combat online child sexual exploitation – Virtual Global Taskforce | Law Enforcement | Scoop.it
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Cross sector collaboration (public, private, NGO, etc.) is occurring with the intent to combat online child sexual exploitation. Given the nature on online content, collaboration with law enforcement not bound to the same restrictions as federal sector organizations is necessary for a complete view of this situation. 

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Cornerstone

Cornerstone | Law Enforcement | Scoop.it
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This is an outline page (provided by ICE) of links which detail their various trade and commerce related operations. One section outlines that a "private sector partnership in this shared mission cannot be understated"  - the shared mission being unclear. ALSO OF NOTE: check out ICE's website which talks about their relationship as a private sector corporation with the US government's Department of Homeland Security. 

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The Curious Practice Of Bringing Immigrants Back — To Deport Them

The Curious Practice Of Bringing Immigrants Back — To Deport Them | Law Enforcement | Scoop.it
U.S. officers at the ports of entry are arresting undocumented immigrants as they try to leave the U.S. They're then prosecuted and sent to prison, only to be removed from the U.S. anyway. Why bother? That's a question people on all sides of the immigration debate are asking.
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NPR on the perverse practice of seeking people out only for the sake of deporting them. Gets at issues of the intention behind detention, removal or "punishment". Very engaging. 

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Lily Johnston's comment, June 11, 2014 3:12 PM
This is a really interesting piece. I was wondering how the government handled undocumented immigrants and this explains it. It just seems like a confusing waste of time, resources and money.
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O'Malley takes aim at deportations from Baltimore

O'Malley takes aim at deportations from Baltimore | Law Enforcement | Scoop.it
Gov. Martin O'Malley announced Friday that the Baltimore City Detention Center will no longer automatically honor requests from the federal government to hold immigrants for deportation —...
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Baltimore City Detention Center's refusal to comply with federal requests to hold detainees while waiting for policy change marks a significant change in state vs. federal law enforcement stance on detention that ensures public safety vs, detention that unnecessarily rips families apart. 

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criminaljusticetimeline.pdf

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Concise timeline of policy changes to the US criminal justice system from the mid-1600s to 2011. A helpful overview.

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Is the New Orleans criminal justice system working better? | Live chat with local watchdog and crime reporters

Is the New Orleans criminal justice system working better? | Live chat with local watchdog and crime reporters | Law Enforcement | Scoop.it
Fewer New Orleans cops on the streets means fewer arrests each year, but is the NOPD wasting time putting away non-violent, minor offenders? That's one argument made in a new report by the Metropolitan Crime Commission, a local watchdog group. At the same...
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The New Orleans criminal justice system has been broken for a long time. There is a river running through new orleans which, as rivers running through cities tend to do, has created a social divide. One side is safe, and the other isn't. This is a chat with a local watchdog, he gives a good on-the-ground perspective. 

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Training - Commission on POST

Training - Commission on POST | Law Enforcement | Scoop.it
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POST stands for Peace Officer Standards and Training. There were some questions during our presentation about the regulations for private law enforcement. This is it. This is the training all BART police and other private security officers go through. Yet they only have to go 12-16 or 22 weeks

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Gary Haugen, "The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires..." | Talks at Google - YouTube

Gary Haugen and Victor Boutros's "The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence" focuses on the central role of violence in perpetua...
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Google talk by Gary Haugen (author of the Locust Effect) about his book. He starts off with a startling story about a woman in Oregon. A nice overview of his book, without having to read it.

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Michael Pilossoph's curator insight, May 29, 2014 10:30 AM

the biggest challenge is standardization of the prison systems in developing countries that are without access to any infrastructure as wealthier first world countries like the U.S.

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Human security in developing world – Kapuscinski Development Lectures – what top thinkers think about development

Human security in developing world – Kapuscinski Development Lectures – what top thinkers think about development | Law Enforcement | Scoop.it
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A lecture about the notion of human security, and the subjectivity of its definition. "Some focus on a narrow definition of “freedom from fear” that concentrates on safety from physical violence and threats, while others defend a broader definition that also refers to threats to livelihood (“freedom from want”) and indignities (“freedom to live in dignity”)." Tadjbakhsh (the lecturer) focuses on the link between global, national, and societal security and human security. In other words, that we must focus on the security of individuals in order to heighten the security of groups.

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Sheriff Joe Arpaio + Racial Profiling

Sheriff Joe Arpaio + Racial Profiling | Law Enforcement | Scoop.it
The judge rebuked Sheriff Joe Arpaio and a chief deputy, saying they flouted his court order to stop profiling Latinos.
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Sheriff Joe Arpaio willingly failed to follow a federal judge's order regarding "singling out Latinos during routine patrols, traffic stops and workplace raids". He and his administration systematically profile latinos within Maricopa County, Arizona.  The sheriff outright denied the possibility of racial profiling within his jurisdiction despite the obviousness of these actions on the national news scene.  In "a crime-suppression operation" in Phoenix, Maricopa County law enforcement called the judge's order  “ludicrous” and “absurd,” comparing then to restrictions on the  "New Orleans Police Department, whose officers, he said, “were murdering people.”This article brings to light the ridiculousness of Sheriff Joe Arpaio's administration's blatant disregard for humanitarian ideals and equity, even when imposed in a legally binding manner upon them. This article speaks to the systematic disregard for greater authority on the part of Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his chief deputy, Jerry Sheridan - particularly regarding racial profiling in immigration law. 
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Amy Argenal's comment, May 8, 2014 1:21 PM
Oh this man. There is so much on him.
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Private Prison Company Used in Drug Raids at Public High School

Private Prison Company Used in Drug Raids at Public High School | Law Enforcement | Scoop.it
Corrections Corporation of America used in drug sweeps of public school students in Arizona by Beau Hodai In Arizona an unsettling trend appears to be underway: the use of private prison employees ...
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"“To invite for-profit prison guards to conduct law enforcement actions in a high school is perhaps the most direct expression of the ‘schools-to-prison pipeline’ I’ve ever seen,” —Caroline Isaacs, American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)"


Private corporation used to conduct a wildly inappropriate drug raid at a public school - demonstrating the fuzzy line between a desire to keep children/youth safe regardless of public law enforcement limitations - and the reality of the school to prison pipeline. 

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How Private Policing Trumps Government Law Enforcement

How Private Policing Trumps Government Law Enforcement | Law Enforcement | Scoop.it
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"Market driven" Protection:

A look at the way that private law enforcement can fill holes left by public law enforcement - using Detroit as an example of a place where compensation for law enforcement officials can dictate involvement in high risk areas - leaving large areas without protection and private enforcement (bringing up a whole layer of class issues and debate) a viable option. 

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Public vs. Private Police: Which Would You Choose? | Cop Block

Public vs. Private Police: Which Would You Choose? | Cop Block | Law Enforcement | Scoop.it
As a believer in removing government from just about every aspect of our lives,  I wanted to write about the differences in public police vs. private security forces. To understand this you must realize that several things need to change before this is even possible. Allowing people to own land (like roads, parks, ect.), to …
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A basic outline of private vs. public law enforcement from a funding, accountability, and service (or interface) perspective. A bit oversimplified, but givens good basic information to open up a discussion of objective differences from which to form a concrete opinion on merits and failings. 

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AP Report: California Immigrant Deportations Plummet After TRUST Act - CBS San Francisco

AP Report: California Immigrant Deportations Plummet After TRUST Act - CBS San Francisco | Law Enforcement | Scoop.it
Far fewer immigrants arrested by California law enforcement are being turned over to federal authorities for deportation since a new state law went into effect in January.
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TRUST Act requires law enforcement officials to release individuals without criminal records in order to spare them from detention proceedings by government authorities. This act takes power away from  ICE and its impacts have yet to be fully studied. Good data on detention percentages!

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Sheriffs Limit Detention of Immigrants

Sheriffs Limit Detention of Immigrants | Law Enforcement | Scoop.it
The announcement by sheriffs in nine Oregon counties adds to growing resistance nationwide to the Obama administration’s use of local immigration enforcement.
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Oregon sheriffs "no longer hold people in jail based on requests from federal immigration authorities". Closing some of the gap between public and private law enforcement. Here is a prime example of how private law enforcement agencies are not bound by the same regulations as public law enforcement factions and can therefore tend towards disrespecting constitutional rights. 

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The Criminal Justice System

The Criminal Justice System in England and Wales has three parts. The Criminal Justice System is made up of the Ministry of Justice, the Home Office and the Attorney General’s office.
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Overview of the criminal justice system in England and Wales. A little different from the US. Gives good perspective to see how another developed county does it.

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The Early Days of American Law Enforcement

The Early Days of American Law Enforcement | Law Enforcement | Scoop.it
The Early Days of American Law Enforcement
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An example of how law enforcement adapts to fit social change. While the US has adapted fairly well from out colonial systems, in the developing world one could imagine how the adaptation would not be so successful.

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Peyton Conner's curator insight, February 4, 2016 11:18 PM

 Law enforcement is one of the most important public services that we have today. I believe we often overlook the convenience of always having someone to call in time of need. This article shows how law enforcement has developed, but still serves there main duty of protection today. PC

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the_globalisation_of_private_security.pdf

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Overview of a study of the private security industry and private security companies (PSCs) in Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, and Sierra Leone. Findings consecrate the presence of a broken system. The privatization of security creates a situation where only the wealthy can afford protection, yet the national economies still rely on the private security industry to fund national services like the police.

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Michael Pilossoph's curator insight, May 29, 2014 10:19 AM

private military companies are becoming the focus of our private security efforts to regulate prison systems globally.

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Safety as a Civil Right (SSIR)

Safety as a Civil Right (SSIR) | Law Enforcement | Scoop.it
Lawless violence in the developing world is a plague that undermines efforts to end extreme poverty.
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Gary Haugen and Victor Boutros recently published a book called The Locust Effect. It is about the link between poverty and violence. They use numerous real-world examples to illustrate the book's core argument: that safety is the first civil right. The term "locust effect" (which I believe was coined by Haugen) is supposed to represent how, like locusts, violence "festers in the developing world [and] destroys everything in its wake." As Haugen and Boutros argue, no matter how hard we try to alleviate poverty in the developing world, "dead people can’t repay microloans." This review from the Stanford Social Innovation Review provides a nice summary of the book.

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Amy Argenal's comment, May 8, 2014 2:55 PM
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Michael Pilossoph's curator insight, May 29, 2014 10:31 AM

I believe in safety for everyone in the world because it's our responsibility, but it's also in our best interest to coexist.