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FBI: Violent And Property Crime Down In Early 2011

AP | By NEDRA PICKLER | Posted 02.18.2012 | Crime

WASHINGTON -- The FBI said Monday that violent and property crimes reported to police continue to drop despite tough economic times. An FBI report ...

Restoring Capitalism: How the Banks Cripple SEC Enforcement

Bruce Judson | Posted 02.15.2012 | Business
Bruce Judson

Why has the SEC apparently pursued such minimal settlements? The answers are surprising in that they reflect a wide discrepancy of views.

Radley Balko

First Ignored, Then Raided: The Cost Of The Drug War | Radley Balko | Posted 11.25.2011 | Politics

CHICAGO -- As Jessica Shaver and I chat at a coffee shop in Chicago's north-side Andersonville neighborhood, a police car pulls into the parking lot a...

Tangled Up in Blue: Can There Be Solidarity Between Activists and Police?

Randall Amster | Posted 01.22.2012 | Politics
Randall Amster

The police, as a class, are generally in the 99 percent -- and while they often do their bidding for the 1 percent, many of them have cultural and economic roots that are more closely aligned with those against whom they are being asked to use force.

City Of Hope: The Next Stages Of Rio's War On Drugs

Teresa Goncalves | Posted 01.20.2012 | World
Teresa Goncalves

Last weekend, the Peacekeeping Units (UPP) of the city of Rio de Janeiro faced perhaps their most difficult task in the pacification process, the occupation of the Rocinha community.

Losing Hearts and Minds in the Drug War

Norm Stamper | Posted 01.14.2012 | Politics
Norm Stamper

In the forty years since Richard Nixon declared a "War on Drugs," Americans' perceptions of that war are finally beginning to shift.

Congress Should Resolve Location Tracking Questions

Sen. Ron Wyden | Posted 01.08.2012 | Politics
Sen. Ron Wyden

Today, the Supreme Court was asked to tackle an important question: does the government need a warrant to use an electronic tracking device to secretly monitor your movements, 24 hours a day?

The New Wild West: America's Oil Drilling Towns

AP | By MARC LEVY | Posted 12.26.2011 | Business

TOWANDA, Pa. -- In a modern-day echo of the raucous Old West, small towns enjoying a boom in oil and gas drilling are seeing a sharp increase in drunk...

Cecilia Muñoz: Set The Record Straight

Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez | Posted 10.26.2011 | Latino Voices
Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez

When I first got involved in the immigrant rights movement, Ms. Muñoz used to be one of my iconic images of leadership in the Latino community. We need her old voice back in this moment of crisis where so many attacks are happening.

Protection for Victims of Ineffective Representation and Immigration Fraud

Aggie R. Hoffman | Posted 12.19.2011 | Latino Voices
Aggie R. Hoffman

If you have been deceived or suffered injury, take advantage of the law that was enacted for your benefit. Not only will you be helping yourself, but your actions will assist law enforcement to punish and put the offender out of business.

Elise Foley

Obama Administration Sets Deportation Record | Elise Foley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration set a new record for deportations, removing nearly 400,000 undocumented immigrants in the last fiscal year, Imm...

WATCH: Seattle 'Superhero' Phoenix Jones Arrested

AP/Huffington Post | Posted 12.10.2011 | Weird News

Usually this works the other way around. Seattle police say a self-proclaimed superhero who calls himself "Phoenix Jones" was arrested after he was...

This Is Not My American Dream

Margaret Huang | Posted 11.28.2011 | Politics
Margaret Huang

Racial profiling is an ineffective policing tool, as well as a violation of human rights. This week, we will raise up the voices of Georgia residents who are ready to fight back against HB 87 and racial profiling.

For Violence Prevention, Better Enforcement Is Needed

Eli Lehrer | Posted 11.19.2011 | DC
Eli Lehrer

At least some of the proposals contained in David Catania's South Capitol Street Memorial Act are worthy ones. But I'm not sure that what Catania proposes would have done anything to prevent the tragedy.

Radley Balko

Have Police Departments Become More Militarized Since 9/11? | Radley Balko | Posted 11.12.2011 | Crime

New York magazine reported some telling figures last month on how delayed-notice search warrants -- also known as "sneak-and-peek" warrants -- have be...

Spies Really "Like" Us

Alan W. Silberberg | Posted 10.14.2011 | Technology
Alan W. Silberberg

The recent riots in London brought the question up again of is social media the cause or simply a tool that helps facilitate something that would already be going on?

Woman Gets Hefty Fine, Tow For Loud Music In North Chicago

Lake County News Sun | Posted 10.10.2011 | Chicago

NORTH CHICAGO -- A driver said she was blindsided by a city ordinance against loud music that calls for not only a hefty fine, but the seizure and imp...

Data Breach: Anonymous Hacks U.S. Law Enforcement Sites

AP | By RAPHAEL G. SATTER and NOMAAN MERCHANT | Posted 10.06.2011 | Crime

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The group known as Anonymous said Saturday it hacked into some 70 mostly rural law enforcement websites in the United States, a d...

How Businesses Play Critical Role In Thwarting Terror

AP | JAMIE STENGLE | Posted 09.29.2011 | Business

KILLEEN, Texas — Ultimately, it was the keen eye of a Texas gun shop clerk that helped authorities find an AWOL soldier who'd stashed bomb-makin...

Can Lollipops Calm Down Dunks?

Posted 09.19.2011 | World

The Canadian city of Victoria has a new solution to deal with the problem of rowdy crowds coming out of bars after closing time - give them lollipops....

Rhode Island Outlaws 'Sexting' For Minors

Posted 09.17.2011 | Technology

Forget Drugs, Rhode Island is getting kids to say no to sexting. The state has banned minors from taking and sending personal images and, even thos...

Watch: Fast And Furious Gun Operation Under Scrutiny

Posted 09.14.2011 | Politics

Operation Fast And Furious was a government illegal gun-trafficking sting operation that ended up putting guns in the hands of criminals. Now some...

Facebook, The Latest In Crime-Fighting Technology

Posted 09.11.2011 | Technology

By Jeff John Roberts NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. law-enforcement agencies are increasingly obtaining warrants to search Facebook, often gaining d...

It's Time to Reform California's Civil Forfeiture Laws

Christina Walsh | Posted 08.31.2011 | Los Angeles
Christina Walsh

Through civil forfeiture, police and prosecutors can seize private property that they suspect is involved with a criminal activity. Civil forfeiture laws make it easy for law enforcement to seize property -- and profitable.

Radley Balko

Myths Of The Criminal Justice System: Part 2 | Radley Balko | Posted 08.22.2011 | Crime

Note: As part of this week's launch of the HuffPost's Crime vertical, senior writer and criminal justice reporter Radley Balko outlines 10 popular myt...