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CrimeDime March 2012 Roundup

March 31, 2012 by


We had a lot to say in March, covering everything from Dexter to Trayvon Martin.  In case you missed it, here’s what we wrote about this month. March started with How Others See Me, a whimsical look at the popular meme and what people think criminologists (might) do. This post has been far more popular […]

Most UK Victims and Witnesses Were Satisfied With the CJS and Would Report Again

March 30, 2012 by


While the recently released report “Satisfaction and willingness to engage with the criminal justice system” from the United Kingdom Ministry of Justice offers several interesting tidbits, the most striking finding is, perhaps, that victims and witnesses report relatively positive experiences with the UK criminal justice system. For example, regarding satisfaction with case outcomes, contact, receiving […]

What to Do When Children Die Because They Were Forgotten in Cars

March 29, 2012 by


Ryan Murphy died because his mother left him in a hot car where, at two years old, he could not get out and eventually died from the heat. What if, instead, she had been holding him and tripped at the top of a flight of stairs? What is the difference between accident and murder? Where […]

Pat Robertson and Bong Hits 4 Jesus

March 28, 2012 by


Pat Robertson supports legalization of marijuana. While public support for legalizing marijuana in this country has been growing for several years now, Pat Robertson just wasn’t on my list of potential legalization advocates, ya know? But there he is, speaking to the New York Times, no less, stating his opinions in unequivocal terms. Robertson points […]

3 Reasons We Should Not Privatize Prisons

March 27, 2012 by


There is a popular, if unexamined, belief that privatizing government functions is a good idea. People think that private companies with a profit motive will be less wasteful and more efficient, without sacrificing quality of services. This argument ties into a uniquely American mindset, a sincere desire to root for David (in this case, business) […]

Jail and Electronic Monitoring for Mitch Faber’s Building Code Violation

March 26, 2012 by


This guy, Mitch Faber, spent two days in jail after being arrested on his way to work. And now he’s on electronic monitoring, complete with middle of the night phone calls and drug and alcohol testing. All because – get this – he didn’t finish a siding job to add a stucco finish to his […]

Guest Post: “Colorblindness” is Denial

March 25, 2012 by


guest post by Warren Blumenfeld With the ascendency of Barack Obama during the primaries and his election as the forty-fourth president of the United States in 2008, and to the current time, on numerous occasions the media have asserted that the United States can now be considered as a “post-racial” society, where the notion that […]