Crime

Mark Byrnes

A Visitor's Guide to Florida's Most Notorious Law Enforcement Agencies

Seven police and sheriff's departments that have proven they won't hesitate to wreck your life. 

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Meet the Conservative Texas Sheriff Who Refuses to Put Potheads in Jail

Sheriff Arvin West doesn't have time for dumb marijuana laws. 

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Concord Stops Its Police Chief From Buying a Ridiculous Military Vehicle

The police department in New Hampshire wants an armored personnel carrier. Residents don't. 

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In California, Transgender Students Get a Big Bathroom Win

In other toilet news, Juggalo porta-potties are disgusting, a Japanese toilet is hackable, and a man allegedly bombs a gas-station commode with a skunk.

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The Most Bizarre Contraband Items Being Confiscated Around the World

Rhino horns in Vietnam, elephant tusks in Africa, turtles in Thailand, and drugs and dirty money just about everywhere.

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When a Car Becomes a Weapon

Vehicles can do great damage, yet when people drive aggressively or vengefully, the destruction is often dismissed as "an accident."

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Moving Poor People Into a Neighborhood Doesn't Cause Crime

Hard proof that there's no relationship between housing vouchers and higher crime at the city level or in the suburbs.

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Manhunts Made Smarter

Could better software change how police departments find fugitives?

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Police Geese: This Chinese Crime-Fighting Plan Isn’t as Ridiculous as It Sounds

Turns out they actually make excellent guards against approaching strangers since outsiders cannot calm them into silence.

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Only 3 U.S. States Bother to Study How Sentencing Rules Affect Minorities

How an idea borrowed from the environmental movement could help narrow racial disparities in the prison system.

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Chicago Police Got New Twitter Accounts. Will It Make a Difference?

A few social media norms the department should be prepared to address.

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Why the Lowest Income Families Might Care the Most About Their Neighborhoods

For starters, they have fewer prospects for moving anywhere else.

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New York's Stop-and-Frisk War Has Reached the Breaking Point

The City Council passed a policy to severely curtail the practice.

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The Best Thing We Could Do About Inequality Is Universal Preschool

How we can reduce crime, increase economic mobility, boost college graduation rates, and give communities more tax revenue, all at the same time.

Why You Shouldn't Get Too Worked Up About the FBI's Latest Crime Stats

Crime was up in 2012, but it's not a sign darker days are coming.

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Cover Story Showdown: 'Time' vs. 'New York Times Magazine' on Chicago

Two national magazines take on dissecting the city in the same week. Who wrote it best?

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New York's Deadly Gun Violence Spike

25 people were shot in just 48 hours last weekend, bringing the yearly figure to 440 shootings — with six more fatalities.

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5 Common-Sense Ideas to Combat Crime

Measures that have been empirically proven to effectively lower crime and reduce the costs associated with it.

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Why People Perceive Some Cities as Safer Than Others

There are reasons why places like Boston have tended to think of themselves as relatively safe compared to say, New Orleans.