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  • What Criminologists Don’t Say, and Why

    09/02/2017 6:44:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    City Journal ^ | September 2, 2017 | John Paul Wright and Matt DeLisi
    The history of academic criminology is one of grand pronouncements that don’t often prove out in the real world. In the 1960s and 1970s, for example, criminologists demanded that public policy attack the “root causes” of crime, such as poverty and racism. Without solving these problems, they argued, we could not expect to fight crime effectively. On this thinking, billions of taxpayer dollars poured into ambitious social programs—yet crime went up, not down. In the 1970s and 1980s and into the 1990s, as crime rates continued to spike, criminologists proceeded to tell us that the police could do little to...
  • Defend Our Defenders

    01/10/2016 2:17:24 PM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 1 replies
    Freep | 1/10/2016 | Charles O'Connell
    In the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, to be guilty of conveying a death-threat that results in a murder is itself a capital offense.Let's reverse that principle: Any citizen should be granted the same immunity as sworn officers, who justifiably uses lethal force to defend a Law Enforcement Officer himself suffering the threat of lethal force in the performance of his duty.
  • Teaching to the Ten (Mike Adams)

    01/15/2014 2:04:53 AM PST · by servo1969 · 5 replies ^ | 1-15-2014 | Mike Adams
    Dear CRM 381 Students: Welcome back! I just wanted to write and let you know that the syllabus is up and running on the departmental web page. I have been instructed to direct you to the link rather than distribute individual copies. The university needs to save money on paper so the LGBTQIA Office can continue to offer orgasm awareness seminars and so the Women's Resource Center can continue to promote abortion. Remember kids, the more trees we save, the more babies we can kill! In addition to going over the syllabus on day one, I plan to introduce each...
  • Crime and the Great Recession: Jobs have fled, lawbreaking hasn’t risen—and criminologists are...

    08/26/2011 10:21:59 PM PDT · by neverdem · 36 replies
    City Journal ^ | Summer 2011 | James Q. Wilson
    Jobs have fled, lawbreaking hasn’t risen—and criminologists are scratching their heads.During the seventies and eighties, scarcely any newspaper story about rising crime failed to mention that it was strongly linked to unemployment and poverty. The argument was straightforward: if less legitimate work was available, more illegal work would take place. Certain scholars agreed. Economist Gary Becker of the University of Chicago, a Nobel laureate, developed a powerful theory that crime was rational—that a person will commit crime if the expected utility exceeds that of using his time and other resources in pursuit of alternative activities, such as leisure or legitimate...
  • Shadowing an Exorcist

    12/16/2010 10:55:36 AM PST · by mgstarr · 12 replies · 3+ views ^ | 12/16/10 | TRISH BAILEY DE ARCEO
    A movie starring Anthony Hopkins explores exorcism. The man who wrote the book behind the film talks about what chasing the devil really entails. Matt Baglio’s curiosity was piqued. An exorcism course at a Vatican-affiliated university in Rome? It was an unusual topic. As an American journalist living in the Eternal City, he thought it might make for an interesting article; as a non-practicing Catholic at the time, he approached it with some skepticism. Taught by exorcists and experts in theology, satanic cults, criminology and psychology, the course he took challenged many of his assumptions. But what really intrigued him...
  • Airport Scanners and Marxist Criminology

    11/23/2010 2:17:25 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies · 1+ views
    american thinker ^ | 11/23/10 | Chidike Okeem
    The new TSA airport scanners have justifiably garnered a lot of attention and criticism. Frankly, the entire scheme is nothing more than a cheap contrivance to give the impression that Democrats care deeply about national security. Insofar as Democrats actually care about national security, it could not be more obvious that it is a mere afterthought to their main agenda of turning America into a tawdry imitation of socialist Europe. It is only an uninterested administration that views national security as a perfunctory and unserious task that, as a response to radical Islamic plane hijackers, would conceive of fondling every...
  • Hopewell Working to Extradite Las Vegas Man in Slaying Case (1964 Murder Solved)

    08/16/2010 12:21:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | August 16, 2010 | CHRIS YOUNG
    Hopewell police said today they are still working on extraditing a Las Vegas man who has been accused in the 1964 strangling of his wife. Hopewell Police Chief Steven Martin told reporters that new witness information came forward, allowing authorities to bring the first-degree murder indictment against Donald James Long in the death of Naomi Long. Martin, however, declined to elaborate on the new information. Several members of Naomi Long's family were present at the news conference and thanked Hopewell police and law enforcement for their work on the case. Butch Fulcher, a brother of the victim, said the new...
  • States closing youth prisons as arrests plunge

    06/07/2010 10:05:43 AM PDT · by LouAvul · 5 replies · 22+ views
    After struggling for years to treat young criminals in razor wire-ringed institutions, states across the country are quietly shuttering dozens of reformatories amid plunging juvenile arrests, softer treatment policies and bleak budgets. In Ohio, the number of juvenile offenders has plummeted by nearly half over the last two years, pushing the state to close three facilities. California's closures include a youth institution near Los Angeles that operated for nearly 115 years. And one in Texas will finally go quiet after getting its start as a World War II-era training base. The closures have juvenile advocates cheering. "I can tell you...
  • Swedish authorities embroiled in furore over academic freedom - Journal removes paper from...

    02/17/2009 6:39:16 PM PST · by neverdem · 2 replies · 451+ views
    Nature News ^ | 16 February 2009 | Natasha Gilbert
    Journal removes paper from website after company threatens legal action. Lie detection — an emotional issue. The Swedish Research Council is wading into an escalating row over academic freedom after a peer-reviewed journal removed a published paper — penned by two Swedish academics — from its website following a threat of legal action from the company whose technology the research criticized.The controversial paper1, entitled 'Charlatanry in forensic speech science: a problem to be taken seriously', was first published in the International Journal of Speech, Language and the Law in December 2007. In it, speech scientists Francisco Lacerda of Stockholm University...
  • Study reveals specific gene in adolescent men with delinquent peers

    10/01/2008 9:37:35 AM PDT · by decimon · 12 replies · 333+ views
    Florida State University ^ | Oct 1, 2008 | Unknown
    But family environment can tip the balance for better or worseTALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Birds of a feather flock together, according to the old adage, and adolescent males who possess a certain type of variation in a specific gene are more likely to flock to delinquent peers, according to a landmark study led by Florida State University criminologist Kevin M. Beaver. "This research is groundbreaking because it shows that the propensity in some adolescents to affiliate with delinquent peers is tied up in the genome," said Beaver, an assistant professor in the FSU College of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Criminological research...
  • Marine who lost arm, leg in Iraq mugged outside Washington

    08/03/2006 11:06:05 AM PDT · by jmc1969 · 363 replies · 10,318+ views
    AP ^ | August 3 2006
    It's another bit of bad luck for a Marine who lost an arm and a leg in Iraq. Lance Corporal Mark Beyers was mugged and robbed outside a restaurant in Bethesda, Maryland, last month. The Marine from western New York was dining out with his wife, Denise, while finishing up rehabilitation at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. As they left the restaurant, five men approached them and asked for a cigarette. Denise Beyers tells The Buffalo News they gave the men a cigarette -- but the men grabbed her purse, kicked her and knocked the couple to the ground....
  • Fearless in the city

    03/09/2006 6:42:53 PM PST · by george76 · 36 replies · 906+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | March 9, 2006 | Donovan Slack
    Some women still party as if invulnerable It's midnight at Pravda, a trendy Manhattan bar where graduate students from nearby New York University are jammed into leather booths. A group chants, ''Another vodka! Another vodka!" A young woman named Jovana is in the corner, kissing a young man she met hours earlier. Days after the brutal rape and murder of a 24-year-old graduate student from Boston who had been drinking at a bar two blocks away, the scene is notable for an absence of fear. ''It happens here," Barbara Klen, a 24-year-old NYU student, said of the slaying. ''It happens...
  • World's first crime campus to be based in Scotland

    11/04/2005 6:19:45 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies · 291+ views
    Scotsman ^ | Fri 4 Nov 2005 | MICHAEL HOWIE
    CONSULTANTS have been appointed to draw up plans to build the world's first "crime campus" in the west of Scotland, The Scotsman can reveal. Four brownfield sites in Strathclyde are understood to have been identified as a potential home for the groundbreaking campus, which would pull together law enforcement organisations such as the Scottish Drugs Enforcement Agency (SDEA), the National Crime Intelligence Service and Crown prosecutors. Property consultants Drivers Jonas will report to the Scottish Executive next month on various options on the location and scale of the facility, which was initially priced at £40 million, although the final cost...
  • Researchers Use X-Rays to 'See' Fingerprints

    03/15/2005 12:53:44 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 1 replies · 402+ views
    Scientific American ^ | March 14, 2005
    Television shows such as CSI dramatize the work of forensic investigators and glamorize their high-tech toys that help catch criminals. Now real-life criminologists might soon be adding a new weapon to their crime-fighting arsenal: a visualization technique for spotting fingerprints that uses x-ray vision. Results of early tests of the novel approach will be unveiled this week at the annual meeting of the American Chemical Society meeting in San Diego. In the standard approach to lifting fingerprints from a crime scene, known as contrast enhancement, a sample is treated with a substance--either vapor, liquid or powder--that adds color to a...
  • Witnesses too often disagree - Few at a crime scene pay attention to details

    10/17/2002 5:46:07 AM PDT · by Incorrigible · 6 replies · 241+ views
    Newark Star Ledger ^ | October 17, 2002 | BRIAN T. MURRAY AND JOHN P. MARTIN
    <p>During Riley's presentation, another agent will dash into the room, pretend to rob him of his wallet, and flee. Riley then asks the students to recall something about the suspect. Sometimes they can't even agree on whether the robber was white or black.</p>