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The Private Probation Problem Is Worse Than Anyone Thought

A new Human Rights Watch report reveals the extent of the damage done by private probation companies and highlights the ways in which public officials have enabled the practice.<p>Two weeks ago, here at <i>The Atlantic</i>, I wrote about how the private probation industry in Georgia has morphed the justice …

What is the effect of pro-life pregnancy advice centres?

I remember the year I was 18 as being basically one long summer, but the cloying tense sort of summer that makes up coming-of-age novels, and news reports on unusual crimes. It was a weekday, and my boyfriend and I were in the middle of our art-foundation course, and I was worried I might be …

The Confessions of Innocent Men

Why would two suspects caught up in a grisly murder investigation admit to a killing they didn't commit?<p>Any good criminal-defense attorney will tell you to say four words if you are about to be arrested for murder: <i>I want a lawyer</i>.<p>This is simple advice and should be easy to remember during an …

DNA tests do not link 'In Cold Blood' killers to Florida murders

DNA testing on the two killers profiled in the Truman Capote book "In Cold Blood" does not link them to a quadruple homicide Florida more than 50 years ago, ending perhaps the best chance police and the victims' family had at solving the cold case.<p>Capt. Jeff Bell of the Sarasota Sheriff's Office …

Defendants in criminal trials forced to pay to see key forensic evidence

Defendants in criminal trials are facing charges of hundreds of pounds before being allowed to see key forensic evidence that may prove their innocence.<p>Guidance from the Home Office's forensic science regulator, Andrew Rennison, is being exploited by private firms to generate lucrative sources of …

Mark Duggan police shooting: IPCC inquiry finds no evidence of criminality

The official police watchdog investigation into the shooting dead of Mark Duggan by a firearms officer has found no evidence of any criminal offence, in the clearest sign yet that it is set to conclude the killing was lawful, the Guardian has learned.<p>The shooting of Duggan on 4 August 2011 in …

Vito Rizzuto’s death marks end of crime dynasties

In a world where death rarely comes peacefully, mob kingpin Vito Rizzuto defied the odds and died of natural causes, bequeathing a power vacuum and the spectre of turf violence in Montreal's tumultuous criminal underworld.<p>Mr. Rizzuto, whose storied clan exerted its criminal influence across several …

iPhones now involved in 14 percent of all NYC crime

Phone theft is big business.<p>However, in New York, iPhones and other Apple products are regarded as the ultimate heist.<p>As Fox 5 New York reports, the NYPD announced that there were 16,000 Apple-picking thefts in 2012. This equates to 14 percent of all New York City crime.<p>Indeed, 45 percent of all …

51-year-old man shot in robbery attempt

ST. LOUIS, MO. (KTVI) – A 51-year-old man was shot in the abdomen late Saturday night by two unknown males, in an attempted robbery in the 5600 block …

George Zimmerman to Get His Gun Back

George Zimmerman will get his gun back now that he has been cleared of murder and his lawyer said today that Zimmerman needs the weapon "even more" …

Electrochromic fluorescent film can make fingerprints higher-res, help solve crime

By on July 3, 2013 at 1:29 pm<p>You’re likely quite familiar with the standard method of dusting for fingerprints portrayed in so many movies and TV …