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Immigration is not linked to rise in crime, study finds. In fact, it lowers it.

  • Immigrants not only fail to increase crime but, in some cases, actually reduce crime rates, according to research in the Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice’s first issue of 2017.
  • The study is yet another in a long line of findings over the past century (WSJ) that all tell the same story: Immigrants are less inclined to be criminals than native-born Americans.
  • Decades of data support this assumption. Native-born males 18 to 39 years old were more than twice as likely to be incarcerated than immigrants in the same demographic
  • That’s according to the American Immigration Council, which analyzed 2010 data from the American Community Survey.
  • “Immigrants are much less likely to be criminals than the native born,” University of Alabama professor Lesley Reid, one of the paper’s authors, said by phone. Read more (2/13/17 4:29 PM)

This app exposes the white collar criminals all around you

  • A new app and website called White Collar Crime Risk Zones (WCCRZ) shows exactly what neighborhoods are chock full of financial criminals, how much damage they’re doing and even what they might look like.
  • Using data from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, a team of technologists working with the left-wing magazine New Inquiry created the open-source tool so that anyone can put a face on the labyrinthian world of white collar crime hidden in their own home town.
  • It may not be the face of crime trotted out on the evening news, but that’s the point. The app reframes the common cultural code for criminality — typically black, poor and uneducated — around corporations and neighborhoods that more accurately reflect where crime happens and who’s committing it. Read more (4/25/17)

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Name: Jeremy Putnam

Crime: New York Daily News reports that Jeremy Putnam, 31, painted his face up like the villain played by Heath Ledger in the blockbuster Batman movie, The Dark Knight. Several people called 911 after they saw Putnam wearing a cape and wielding a sword while waking around the city.Police arrived at around 2 p.m. and stopped Putnam, who was walking around a shopping center in Winchester, a town around 75 miles northwest of Washington, D.C. He was arrested and charged with wearing a mask in public, a felony in Virginia.


Hot Mugshot Guy Jeremy Meeks makes his catwalk debut for Philipp Plein

Jeremy Meeks became an internet sensation back in 2014 when his police mugshot went viral.

Fast-forward three years and he’s made his New York Fashion Week debut on the runway for Philipp Plein.

The 33-year-old was arrested in February 2014 and sentenced to 27 months in prison for possessing an illegal firearm but, after his photo was shared on Facebook, he gained a huge following.

Thousands of swooning replies and hashtags later, the ex-convict signed a modelling contract before being released from prison and is now represented by London model management agency SUPA.
Woman who bought abortion pills for daughter can challenge prosecution
Judge allows judicial review in case that is set to focus attention on Northern Ireland’s abortion legislation
By Amelia Gentleman

“The girl found out she was pregnant in the summer of 2013, after a relationship with a boy a year older than her and who she said was physically abusive. In written evidence submitted to the court, her lawyers said he threatened to kick the baby out of her, and to stab it if it was born.”

I notice no charges for the boy. 



Kalief Browder’s mother has spoken out on her son’s death 

The mother of Kalief Browder is speaking out against what she said was the systemic failure of the United States justice system to protect her son, who committed suicide at her home earlier this month after a long period of incarceration at New York’s Rikers Island. Watch her full interview.

there were 574,000 arrests for marijuana possession in 2015

that’s 68,319 more than there were for murder, non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery and aggravated assault combined. 

137,000 men and women are currently incarcerated for drug possession

there is one drug arrest every 25 seconds

more than 78% of people thrown in jail for felony drug possession had less than a gram of a controlled substance

black adults account for 14% of actual drug users, but make up roughly a third of those arrested for drugs

there are 116 people in Texas prisons serving life sentences for drug possession

at least seven of those sentences are for possession of less than four grams

more signs the war on drugs is an abject failure


The Alarming Situation of Prisons in Brazil

On January 15th, 2017, a riot in the prison of Alcacuz ended up with 26 inmates dead, killed by other prisoners in a brutal battle between two criminal gangs, First Capital Command and Crime Union of Rio Grande do Norte. The uprising lasted 14 hours and it was brutal: the victims were beheaded, disemboweled and dismembered.

Alcacuz is one of many prisons in the country that suffers from overcrowding: it has space for 620 people but it’s holding over 1,000.

It was also the latest of a string of riots that have happened since January 1st of 2017, in different prisons. In total, 130 people have died and there are still prisoners unaccounted for. And it’s always a war between rival gangs.

Since the guards are unable to control the situation, the goverment has said they are going to have the federal armed forces available to help keep some order and do regular inspections. But the situation is very, very rough and authorities fear it will soon start happening on the streets.