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Violent Crime

Why 2013 Budgets Won't Cut It and the Untapped Treasury in Violence

Michael Shank | Posted 06.02.2012 | Politics
Michael Shank

Politicians need to realize that in the pursuit of available funds, there are untapped dividends available where they may least suspect it. Increasing the peace not only improves quality of life but the economy as well.

Bringing Florida to Justice, Not Just George Zimmerman

Michael Shank | Posted 05.25.2012 | Crime
Michael Shank

A bigger question that must also be asked is "Who is Florida?" We could ask a question about the direction America is headed on race and violence but let's stick to Florida for a moment.

One Path to Crime Reduction

Adam Clampitt | Posted 02.29.2012 | DC
Adam Clampitt

The reactive approach taken by D.C.'s justice system lets petty criminals off the hook and leaves open the possibility of committing major felonies in the future. Criminals should know that even the most minor offenses won't be tolerated.

Unemployment and the United States Homicide Rate

Tio Hardiman | Posted 11.13.2012 | Chicago
Tio Hardiman

High levels of violence have impacted the entire world over the last century. As a matter of fact, all you have to do is turn on the daily news and yo...

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 ...

A Very Special Christmas Tree

Dorian de Wind | Posted 02.12.2012 | Religion
Dorian de Wind

As we have done for the past 16 years, my wife and I brave the unseasonably cold Austin, Texas weather to attend a ceremony that has now become a tradition, albeit a sad one, in our lives: the Tree of Angels ceremony.

Hotel Lobby Shootout: Ex-Sheriff's Deputy Suspected In Double Murder Wounded After Police Chase

AP | DAVID A. LIEB | Posted 02.10.2012 | Crime

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A former rural Missouri sheriff's deputy is suspected of killing his ex-wife and her new boyfriend before leading officers...

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...

Are Low Crime Rates Recession-Proof?

Ron Fellows | Posted 12.21.2011 | Crime
Ron Fellows

It's an unusual phenomenon, but it's not totally unexpected given the technological breakthroughs in fighting crime in recent decades.

David Lohr

Has Violent Crime In The U.S. Really Dropped? | David Lohr | Posted 11.19.2011 | Crime

Violent crime has declined across the country for the fourth consecutive year, new federal statistics indicate. Murder and non-negligent manslaught...

DOJ Says Suffolk County, N.Y., Police Need Improvements on Hate Crimes

Mark Potok | Posted 11.16.2011 | Politics
Mark Potok

The Department of Justice sent a letter to officials earlier urging non-mandatory improvements in the way that the Suffolk County, N.Y., Police Department investigates hate crimes.

Violent Anti-LGBT Crimes Up 13 Percent: Report

Los Angeles Times | Lee Romney | Posted 09.11.2011 | Impact

An 18-year-old gay man from Texas allegedly slain by a high-school classmate who believed his friend was making advances toward him; a 31-year-old tra...

Woman Accused Of Cutting Off Estranged Husband's Penis

Posted 09.11.2011 | Los Angeles

Updated story A Southern Californian woman is accused of cutting off the penis of her estranged husband. She was arrested late last night after inv...

14-Yr Old Robber Faces Murder Charges After Shopkeeper Dies

AP | Posted 08.04.2011 | Los Angeles

OAKLAND, Calif. -- A 14-year-old California boy has been charged with murder after prosecutors say a robbery attempt led a market owner to have a fata...

Pregnant Teen Found Strangled In County Forest Preserve

Posted 06.27.2011 | Chicago

UPDATE: A "person of interest" was in Cook County Sheriff's police custody as of Wednesday afternoon. The sheriff's office said in a statement that th...

Man Assaults Neighbor With Broom, Knife To Defend Kittens

AP | Posted 06.03.2011 | Los Angeles

SAN DIEGO -- Authorities say an elderly San Diego man stabbed his neighbor in a dispute over cats and dogs. The Los Angeles Times reports that the fi...

Man Goes After In-Laws With A Samurai Sword

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

HEMET, Calif. — Police say a man swinging a samurai sword is in jail after wounding two relatives while chasing his in-laws through a Southern C...

Homicides DOWN In Chicago, New York, Los Angeles

USA Today | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

When Washington debates whether America is safe, the focus now is usually on the increasing threat of terrorism -- not violent crime. hat has large...

Dog-Walker Killed By Russian Bank Robbers With Guns In Stroller

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

MOSCOW — Russian investigators say that robbers carrying assault rifles in a baby carriage fatally shot two guards and a man walking his dog and got...

FBI: Violent Crime Fell Again In 2010

AP | ALICIA A. CALDWELL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

WASHINGTON — Reports of violent and property crimes continued to decline in the first half of 2010, according to preliminary crime report releas...

The Tree of Angels: A Most Sacred Christmas Tree

Dorian de Wind | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dorian de Wind

Most of the angels on this tree represent loved ones who have been suddenly, tragically and cruelly taken away from us -- they are victims of violent crimes.

Arizona's Big Fat Lies

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Fernando Espuelas

These unprincipled politicians will continue to traffic in anti-Latino lies and smears while our country is stuck with an immigration system that does not in any way serve the national interest.

Death at the Border: Bringing out the Worst in the Immigration Debate

Daniel Cubias | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Cubias

The victim, Sergio Adrian Hernandez Guereca, was either "a straight-A student" or a "repeat juvenile offender" with a "history of involvement with human smuggling," depending whose story you believe.

Homeless in Columbia: When Winter Shelter Closes, No Place to Rest Your Head (VIDEO)

Paul Bowers | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Paul Bowers

Columbia's Winter Shelter closed for the spring Thursday morning, sending hundreds of the city's homeless back outside at nights. "250 people are headed nowhere," said Billy, a 56-year-old homeless man who'd been staying at the Winter Shelter.

California Now Freeing Violent Inmates To Save Money

AP | DON THOMPSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Inmates convicted of violent crimes are among those being freed early from California jails to save money, despite lawmaker...