How little it takes from us -- a bit of money, donations of supplies or just volunteer time -- to help create something that changes the life of a child in crisis.
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With the year end celebrations mostly behind us it's time to look ahead. 2010 is just days away and as I do every year here's my wish list for a year...
Crime Stoppers programs have helped solved more than 1 million major crimes and have assisted in the recovery of more than 8 billion dollars worth of stolen property and narcotics.
Seventeen years ago, Vicki Rios-Martinez's son Junny was kidnapped, sexually molested and murdered. On July 1st, she and her family were present for the execution of her son's killer.
A majority of the 400,000 untested, backlogged rape kits are orphaned tests. They've remained on ice, depriving detectives of the most important clue.
Earlier this year a stunning report from the Pew Center for the States concluded 1 in every 100 American adults is now behind bars. In total more than 2 million people are incarcerated.
If you take death off the table in exchange for the victim's remains suddenly a 'no body' case can get solved on lots of different levels.
Look, I love a good crime story. But I've dedicated a big part of my career to covering crime and justice and so it's with first hand certainty that I tell you that real murder is never entertaining.
So far George W. Bush has granted just about 160 executive pardons. If I may, I'd like to put in my two cents worth for at least two more.
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