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NYC Launches A Bold New Plan To Tackle Domestic Violence

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 11.18.2016 | Politics

New York City is safer than it has been in decades ― that is, unless you are a victim of domestic violence. While it has seen its homicide rate hal...

How Will Gun-nut Nation Explain An Uptick In Violent Crime?

Mike Weisser | Posted 10.03.2016 | Politics
Mike Weisser

What’s going on? After year-to-year declines in the violent crime rate going back twenty years, all of a sudden in 2015 things turned around and no...

The Gunman

John Feffer | Posted 07.15.2016 | Politics
John Feffer

Every era has its representative figure. The Neolithic era had the Farmer. The avatar of the Middle Ages was the Monk, bent over an illuminated manusc...

Identity-Based Violence in the United States

Michael Piraino | Posted 06.13.2016 | Crime
Michael Piraino

If you are worried about violence getting out of hand in American, you may be missing a key point. It is true that violent crimes have been steadily declining. Between 1964 and 1991, the rate of violent crime in the United States quadrupled. Then, rates entered a period of steady decline, falling by almost 50 percent.

A Violent Criminal's Athletic Record Doesn't Matter. End Of Story.

The Huffington Post | Justin Block | Posted 06.09.2016 | Sports

Above is a Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office booking photo of Brock Turner, a man who was convicted in March of sexually assaulting a woman on Stanf...

Gun Violence Interventions Have to Happen Early in Life

Mike Weisser | Posted 04.18.2016 | Politics
Mike Weisser

Philadelphia has a murder problem, which means it has a shooting problem, which means it has a problem with kids. Because I don't care whether we are talking about North Philly, Chicago Heights, East St. Louis or Timbuktu, when it comes to violence, this problem first shows up in kids, particularly early-teen boys.

This Substance Found In Many Houses May Predict Violent Crime

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 04.06.2016 | Healthy Living

The rise and fall of crime levels are commonly pegged to economic and social factors, but a new study strengthens the link with an often overlooked va...

My Theory on Violence

Tio Hardiman | Posted 02.22.2017 | Chicago
Tio Hardiman

You cannot police self-hatred. It stems from poverty and a lack of opportunity. It's easy to blame the violence on gangs, but you will find that the majority of violence is interpersonal if you dig a little deeper.

Good Prison Reform Helps the Most Offenders Possible

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 01.07.2017 | Politics
Christopher Zoukis

Long story short, when thinking about prison reform, stakeholders need to consider the needs of the many, not the few. Reforms should be applicable to most prisoners, not solely first-time, non-violent drug offenders.

Stop Pretending the 'Ferguson Effect' is Real

Samuel Sinyangwe | Posted 10.28.2016 | Politics
Samuel Sinyangwe

This week, FBI Director James B. Comey became the latest public figure to claim that national scrutiny of police has contributed to a "spike" in violent crime in America. This nefarious theory, dubbed the "Ferguson Effect" has become a regular talking point on conservative media.

He Needed More Time

Chandra Bozelko | Posted 10.19.2016 | Crime
Chandra Bozelko

We don't give Jim Webb enough credit. He started this whole criminal justice reform movement. If only we had given him more time.

Two of the Top 10 Most Dangerous Cities Under 200,000 in Illinois

Reboot Illinois | Posted 10.05.2016 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

A new analysis of the FBI's latest crime data ranked two Illinois cities among the nation's Top 10 most dangerous with populations under 200,000.

FBI Director Says He Can't Force Police To Provide Shooting Data

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 10.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- FBI Director James Comey said Thursday that he doesn't have the power to force law enforcement agencies across the country to report inf...

Where Are the 50 Safest Cities in Illinois?

Reboot Illinois | Posted 08.13.2016 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Safety is a huge concern when new families choose where to live. Based on some recently published data on crime rates by the FBI, ValuePenguin deter...

Do Stand Your Ground Laws Make ANY Sense?

David Pakman | Posted 05.21.2016 | Politics
David Pakman

I recently interviewed Robert Spitzer, a professor at SUNY Cortland who has researched and written extensively about so-called "Stand Your Ground" laws, which eliminate the duty to retreat when safe and feasible within self-defense doctrine.

The Gun Violence Stats the NRA Doesn't Want You to Consider

Mike Weisser | Posted 03.22.2015 | Politics
Mike Weisser

If we define gun violence as using a gun to end a human life, the FBI is telling us that less than 10 percent of those fatalities would be eliminated if we got rid of all violent crime.

10 of the Most Dangerous Cities in Illinois

Reboot Illinois | Posted 02.14.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Illinois is the 20th-most dangerous state in the Union, says a new report by Law Street Media. Its violent crime rate sits at 380 violent crimes per 100,000 people.

Living in the Shadow of a Gun Crime: 14 Years Later

Sezin Koehler | Posted 12.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Sezin Koehler

Jumping at one's own shadow is a perfect metaphor for living with post-traumatic stress disorder. A darkness that sets up permanent camp in your peripheral vision and won't go away, no matter how much sage you burn, or how many gods you pray to.

These Are the Faces of the People Who've Been Crushed by Each Murder (PHOTOS)

Kate Pollard Hoffmann | Posted 08.13.2014 | Impact
Kate Pollard Hoffmann

It is one thing to hear that many people have been killed, but it is another to look into their family's eyes, to see what this has done to them.

Murder Rate for Hispanics Is Twice the Murder Rate for Whites

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 07.12.2014 | Latino Voices
Josh Sugarmann

While no American is immune from the risks of gun violence, the sad fact is that this crisis has a disproportionate impact on people who identify as Hispanic.

It's Clear Violent Crime Is Decreasing, But Less Clear Why

Mike Weisser | Posted 04.12.2014 | Crime
Mike Weisser

Criminologists have been debating the reasons why violent crime continues to decrease both nationally and within New York City, but nobody's come up with a definitive answer as of yet.

Transforming Tragedy as Gun Incidents Rise

Carol J. Carter | Posted 01.24.2014 | Impact
Carol J. Carter

As shootings in public spaces like schools and movie theaters are seemingly more commonplace, more people are turning to guns for self-defense. But more gun owners do not make a country any safer.

A Crime Victims' Christmas Angel

Dorian de Wind | Posted 02.21.2014 | Good News
Dorian de Wind

Every town and city across America has its unsung heroes who perform exemplary community service. This is the story of one such citizen whose selfless, unwavering dedication and hard work have immeasurably helped thousands of victims of violent crime across the State of Texas.

The Violent Life of a Crime-thriller Writer

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 12.14.2013 | Home
Mark Rubinstein

The potential for violence lives within all of us, and I'm no exception. Violence in my novels is contrived--it's pure fiction--but reflects a core truth about human nature. It's never meant to be gratuitous, but rather serves the story.

Pentagon's Militarization of Our Main Streets and Municipal Police

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 12.10.2013 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

Between the Armored Personnel Carriers locking down main streets in major American cities or Special Weapons and Tactics and Special Forces units canvassing our country, if we're not careful, this militarization of our domestic policing will make-over America, and fast.