CrimeDime July 2012 Roundup

July 31, 2012
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Ah, July. That time of year thou mayst in me behold dripping sweat, vacation zen, and glacially chilled iced tea. It’s when we ponder the legality of lemonade stands, and wonder if we can send the cops after those kids whose grimy hands may have given us dysentery. It’s also when we fire up the […]

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Should Government Regulate Distracted Walking?

July 30, 2012
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We see them all the time – pedestrians ambling along with lowered heads and furiously typing thumbs, sidewalk hogs with a bluetooth device planted firmly within the ear who gesticulate wildly during animated conversations, and wild walkers too busy swiping, scrolling, and liking to notice that they are about to careen into you. Totally annoying. […]

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The Interrupters

July 26, 2012
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“Words can get you killed,” explains Ameena. She is one of the violence interrupters who walk through Chicago’s most violent neighborhoods. She and the other interrupters walk through a world that is as foreign to middle class America as any passport destination. They cool down arguments, insert themselves into brewing storms. Billed as a documentary […]

Oooh Baby Baby It’s a Mean World: Revisiting the War Between Media Effects & Meanings

July 25, 2012
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In my last post, I focused on the interconnections between crime coverage in news media and the media literacy skills that audience members should possess. I did so by interrogating some of the findings presented in an infographic compiled by Infobia, which were made available on this blog by CrimeDime. In that post, I focused my attention on the […]

Why Everyone is Reading The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

July 24, 2012
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Michelle Alexander’s book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, has been a phenomenal success in a way that few academic works ever achieve. It has had a steady presence on the arbiter of successful books – the New York Times bestseller list. Why is it so popular? Because it tells the […]

How Muffingate Hurts Your Community

July 23, 2012
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Atttendees at the 2012 NIJ conference were offered... water. And freezing cold meeting rooms. Image: CrimeDime

Conspicuously absent from all of the Muffingate coverage was a basic understanding of how hotel conference costs work. Hotels negotiate Package deals that typically include room blocks, catering, and meeting room space. Paying for these features a la carte is just not done. So when Laurie Robinson handed down the food and beverage prohibition, agencies […]

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Joan Petersilia’s 5 Reason’s Prison Reduction Can Work

July 19, 2012
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Joan Petersilia gives the keynote address at the 2012 NIJ conference as attendees look on. Image: CrimeDime

At the recent NIJ conference, Joan Petersilia served as the keynote speaker. Petersilia’s work is well known throughout the field, and her long experience as a criminologist makes her uniquely suited to comment on the issue of reducing incarceration. Petersilia, who was given free reign in her discussion topic, contextualized the current move to reduce […]

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