When police busted a shoplifting ring operating out of a liquor store last spring, they calculated that the dozen or so people involved had swiped at least $375,000 worth of goods from retailers such as Walmart, Lowe’s, and Walgreens. The pair heading the ring relied on small-time thieves, including several with drug arrest records, to launch brazen “grab-and-go” operations in which they snatched expensive goods and then raced out of stores and fled in cars with phony license plates. Though police and prosecutors often categorize shoplifting as a nonviolent crime, the gang’s sprees resulted in several physical confrontations, including one in which a gang member assaulted a store employee with a stun gun. This may sound similar to the organized smash-and-grab lootings that have plagued high-end retailers in San Francisco and other Northern California communities recently, but this gang was operating out of Daytona Beach, Florida—and had done so for nearly two years.
— Read on www.city-journal.org/smash-and-grab-retail
Priti Patel’s crackdown on peaceful protesters ignores all the evidence about how to handle large demonstrations, says psychologist Stephen Reicher
— Read on www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/jan/18/study-crowds-police-crime-bill-less-safe-priti-patel
Rising violence in many American cities needs to be faced with constructive, focused policy argues a new report
— Read on time.com/6138650/violent-crime-us-surging-what-to-do/
There are several useful links throughout the article that you may want to checkout.
A new report from the Council on Criminal Justice:
Amid a rise in homicide, diverse CCJ panel urges leaders to reject “us vs. them” politics and collaborate on ten essential steps to reduce violence now.
— Read on counciloncj.org/10-essential-actions/
On the website there is a link to the Full Report.
Equity is safer: Human rights considerations for policing reform in British Columbia – BC’s Office of the Human Rights Commissioner
— Read on bchumanrights.ca/publications/scorpa/
Overview: The Task Force to Reimaging Policing and Public Safety is a community based initiative arising out of the tragic aftermath of the killing of George Floyd on May 25, 2020 in Minneapolis and the subsequent nationwide Black Lives Matter solidarity protests demanding the structural transformation of policing. This Task Force is the result of conversations from recent town halls with community members, faith leaders, service providers, elected officials and Denver Department of Public Safety to move toward action and healing.
At the website there are several videos from the different task force meetings and several different reports available (including the Task Force Report). Take some to explore what the website has to offer.
Why progressives defend and finance open drug scenes
— Read on michaelshellenberger.substack.com/p/san-francisco-homeless-insider-tells
Aariel Maynor (left), suspected killer of Jacqueline Avant (right) with husband Clarence Clarence and Jacqueline Avant may not be household names but they are giants of black American music and philanthropy. Clarence is the former chairman of Motown Records, and responsible for the careers of some of America’s greatest African American musicians including Bill Withers, Babyface, and Terry Lewis. Jacqueline, 81, was president of Neighbors for Watts, an early child care advocacy organization, and a much-loved Beverly Hills philanthropist. Netflix last year produced a film about Clarence, the “
— Read on michaelshellenberger.substack.com/p/why-violent-crime-is-rising
This is an excellent resource!
A 4 volume set. The link below will take you to a webpage where you can access all 4 volumes. It would be interesting to see how different the Criminal Justice System was in 2000 and were the experts saw it going.
The Nature of Crime: Continuity and Change
— Read on www.ncjrs.gov/criminal_justice2000/vol1_2000.html