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

Reboot Illinois | Posted 10.05.2015 | 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 08.13.2015 | 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 05.22.2015 | 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.

This Instagram Account Has Police Furious

AP | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An anonymous social media site has been identifying witnesses in violent crimes across Philadelphia with the stated intention of...

The Violent Life of a Crime-thriller Writer

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 12.14.2013 | Books
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.

Profiles in Courage of the Mentally Ill

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 10.12.2013 | Media
Robert David Jaffee

While we keep hearing and reading about a "cycle" of incarceration, homelessness, addiction and hospitalization for the mentally ill, the truth is that most of those with serious mental illness are more likely to blend in to society than to be on its fringes.

Stop Recycling Clichés About the Mentally Ill

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 10.05.2013 | Politics
Robert David Jaffee

Not everyone gets better, but the lion's share do not become "revolving-door patients" either. That distinction seems to have been lost in the recent articles on this subject.

A Seven-fold Return: Investing in Early Childhood Education

Michael Seo | Posted 08.19.2013 | Impact
Michael Seo

Research and evidence from established programs continually prove that investing in children ages 0 to 5, is an investment in society that pays high dividends.

House of Horrors

Erika Eichelberger | Posted 06.18.2013 | Crime
Erika Eichelberger

Since the Newtown massacre, visions of unfathomable crazy mass killers and armed strangers in the night have colonized the American mind. But you're more likely to be hurt or killed by someone you know or love. And you'll probably be at home when it happens.

Is This The Cause Of America's Gun Violence Problem?

Posted 03.19.2013 | Black Voices

On the heels of a report by the Kaiser Family Foundation, which reveled last week that African Americans and Latinos may be more concerned about gun v...

Are We the Most Evil Country in the World?

David Macaray | Posted 05.07.2013 | Crime
David Macaray

If we're not the "most evil" country in the world -- i.e., the country with the greatest number of evil people in it -- then we Americans are doing something terribly wrong, because we have the greatest number of people incarcerated in our prisons.

'Targeted' Drive-By Shooting Kills One Woman

AP | BRIAN SKOLOFF | Posted 02.02.2013 | Crime

PHOENIX -- A woman was killed and three other people wounded Friday in a drive-by shooting in a south Phoenix neighborhood, police said. Authorities ...

Man Charged With Shooting Wife, Chopping Her Up With Saw

AP | AMY FORLITI | Posted 01.10.2013 | Crime

MINNEAPOLIS -- A Minnesota man was charged Wednesday with shooting his wife after an argument, sawing her body into pieces and hiding her remains in p...

Lead Poisoning Linked With Higher Crime Rates, Lower Test Scores

Lynne Peeples | Posted 03.11.2013 | Green
Lynne Peeples

Welcome to my new blog: Toxic Tracks. Here, I'll be posting short bits of daily news and commentary on environmental health topics. Please send along ...

America's Real Criminal Element: Lead

Mother Jones | Kevin Drum | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime

New research finds Pb is the hidden villain behind violent crime, lower IQs, and even the ADHD epidemic. And fixing the problem is a lot cheaper than ...