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Using Google’s Public Data Service to Visualize FBI Uniform Crime Report Data

April 25, 2012 by


The Federal Bureau of Investigation makes the Uniform Crime Report (UCR) data publicly available, and has even introduced a web-based tool to search the data in 2010. But Google’s Public Data service may offer the best option to quickly customize and display UCR crime data. You can even embed the charts in your website, but […]

Earth Day’s Criminal Roots: Ira Einhorn

April 23, 2012 by


While today’s Earth Day celebrations might draw attention to the relatively new idea of environmental crime, the Day’s roots are inextricably linked with a domestic homicide in the 1970s. Contemporary organizers of Earth Day celebrations distance themselves as much as possible from Ira Einhorn, disavowing even a hint of a past relationship with him. ┬áRegardless […]

Is Charles Manson Still Relevant?

April 17, 2012 by


After so many years, what relevance is there in the Charles Manson case? I can think of two ways in which his case continues to play a role in the criminal justice system. Manson reminds us that our criminal justice system must be designed to handle the very worst crimes that human beings can imagine. […]

In Defense of Gun Culture

April 11, 2012 by


A gun was used to murder my friend and classmate when I was in elementary school. That death haunted not only my childhood, but my college and adult years. In some ways, entering the criminal justice field as an adult was an attempt to resolve that powerful tragedy of my youth. I can still picture […]

CrimeDime March 2012 Roundup

March 31, 2012 by


We had a lot to say in March, covering everything from Dexter to Trayvon Martin. ┬áIn 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 […]

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 […]

Geraldo, Trayvon’s Hoodie, and the Rape of Mr. Smith

March 24, 2012 by


Geraldo Rivera‘s comments about hoodies and the death of Trayvon Martin are as odious as they are familiar. Blaming victims is nothing new. Blaming victims for their wardrobe choices is also not new. Here is some of what Rivera said: I am urging the parents of Black and Latino youngsters particularly to not let their […]