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Police Cuts ‘Will Weaken Law And Order’

In crime on August 31, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Fewer police officers on the London streets due to cuts by the Conservative government.

 

After the recent riots, I think it is an ill-advised move. On the other hand, I’d be happy to see more riots on the London streets and police officers struggling to contain them. What is the Conservative government going to blame it on then and how will they justify the cuts?

Milliband and the Labour party is fighting against it and the cuts did stir some concerned during the very riots that caused mayhem through the London streets.

Is it another ill-advised move on behalf of the Conservatives or you think there is some logic behind it?

Drop us a line and let us in on your thoughts on the matter.

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Police Cuts ‘Will Weaken Law And Order’ – Yahoo!.

LEGALIZE PREJUDICE?

In crime on August 30, 2011 at 12:12 pm

”As jurors begin their deliberations in the case of Brandon McInerney,  my mind returns to the first case that introduced us all to the term gay panic defense.”

I had never heard of the ”gay panic defence”  prior to reading the article by Holly Hughes, but as soon as I processed it in my brain I couldn’t help chuckle. All so predictable. A defence set up by men for men. No doubt about that.

Let’s break it down. The key word here is panic. It conveys images of irrationality and fear so strong that the person can’t even bring himself to reason straight.

Men like that. Over the centuries, they have built their ”character” on such foundations. Against women, against black, yellow, red, against lesbians and gays, against common sense and against growing up.

It seems it is easier for them to make themselves ”victims” than to actually get a grip and take responsibility for their feeble, weak, fearful self.

Got any opinion on that. Drop us a line.

Women in Crime Ink.

”FEEDING FRENZY”

In crime on August 29, 2011 at 11:32 am

”Magistrates have rejected accusations from the leader of Britain’s prison governors that there has been a “feeding frenzy” in sentencing after the recent riots.”

Well, I’m not surprised. Are you?

Why would the magistrate accept something so counterproductive to the institution he represents? It requires a clear insight and honesty with themselves that very few possess or uphold. It takes guts, a quality that has increasingly been disappearing.

Personally, I think the PGA’s accusation is founded and very much justified.

In past blogs regarding the unjustified sentences meted out by the courts, I did express similar concerns.

Different solutions should be looked at to deal with the rioters who took over the city a couple weeks ago.

As it is, the courts and authorities are not only crushing people’s basic civil rights, but showing a side that they certainly don’t want to make public. Fear.

Who do you agree with the PGA or the magistrates?

Magistrates reject riots criticisms – Yahoo!.

FAILURE TO JUSTICE

In crime on August 26, 2011 at 6:02 pm

How many? And why?

This one in particular is about rape. It points the finger at the police unwillingness to process rape kits.

It’s an old news. For years people have been aware of the police reticent to investigate rape crimes and for years they have been denying that the reason has all to do with misogynism.

Years have passed. A huge number of women is now working in the police force. Is the reason still the same or a simple inability for the police to stay on top of their workload?

Women in Crime Ink.

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Frank Girardot: Nothing stops a bullet like a job – Pasadena Star-News

In crime on August 25, 2011 at 7:53 pm

Shouldn’t programs like these be given priority over prison sentences where young adults only learn to perpetuate their already wrong ways? Drop us a line and tell us what you think.

Frank Girardot: Nothing stops a bullet like a job – Pasadena Star-News.

”MASS VIOLATION OF CIVIL RIGHTS”

In crime on August 19, 2011 at 6:14 am
This is San Francisco, not Egypt.
Is it or it just no longer matters where we are. The UK Prime Minister, after the riots of the past week, has put forward the idea of shutting down social networks and cell phone networks to prevent people intent on causing trouble to communicate with each other.
BART police did it for the same reason. To prevent people from protesting against the murder of a homeless by BART police last week.
Prevention is the excuse behind a blatant violation of civil rights. But I say it is more like fear.
The world authorities are fearful and civil rights violation is the result.
What do you think about BART latest course of action? What do you think about the world’s authorities course action when face to face with an unhappy and troubled population?

Sentences “disproportionate and somewhat hysterical”

In crime, trial by public on August 18, 2011 at 7:14 am

”Too tough sentences” spark warning

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/pair-handed-longest-riot-sentences-022133018.html

The riots in the UK are behind us and now it is the criminal justice system’s turn to show their tough side. Or is it?

Should the courts dish out tougher punishments than they normally would to show that certain actions and behaviors aren’t tolerated in today’s UK society? And most importantly would it work or would the punished be given even more reasons for resentment, feelings of injustice, revenge, contempt, disappointment, victimization and reinforce the already shaky belief in society?

Furthermore there are other factors to take into consideration. Tougher sentences mean more people in jail. This will lead to overcrowding. Those unusually tough sentences will be overturuned on appeal. This will mean more tax payers’ money wasted in a climate where money is already tight.

What is your view on the topic. Drop me a comment.

TRIAL BY PUBLIC

In crime on August 17, 2011 at 7:56 am

Not Guilty

Not Guilty. It isn’t a hard concept to understand and even the dimmest ones can easily grasp it. So why is the public finding the Casey Anthony case so hard to put to rest?

I have no explanation and neither does the writer of the article above.

I don’t think anyone can really find a justifiable explanation and if you ask the very people who are giving Anthony a hard time, they may also struggle to come up with something plausible, not riddled with anger, envy or resentment.

The court has spoken. The jurors have listened to the evidence and found the defendant ‘’not guilty’’. Give it a rest.

What is it that urges a person to remonstrate against the court ‘’not guilty’’ verdict?

What’s your opinion about it?

Are you one of the people who blame the jurors for letting a ‘’murderer’’ go free? If so, why don’t you stop for a minute to let us know your views.

TWENTY INMATES: ALL MEDITATING

In crime on August 17, 2011 at 7:54 am

Meditation In American Prisons

Impact of Meditation on Prison Inmates: 3 Soul Touching Documentaries

The current criminal justice system doesn’t work. Hardly anyone can argue with that. High recidivism rate and well-documented violence within prison walls are all evidence that such a system cannot and does not help prisoners improve themselves.

The uneducated by and large remain uneducated, criminal skills are perfected and hardly any new skill developed, new contacts are made that will come in handy once back out in the world. Criminal contacts that is.

With hardly any incentive to ameliorate oneself, how can anyone be expected to change one’s life, one’s world, one’s future? It is an impossibility.

Among lifers, religion is a big thing, but once again the inmate is faced with impossible achievement that will inevitably signal a defeat. Sure, in prison, in isolation, it is hard not to ‘’sin’’, but the surreal world of religion doesn’t truly bestow freedom, happiness, success, just a palliative to a life that can no longer be called life.

How about a new approach to development, self-improvement, self-awareness and self-discovery?

Recent studies and courses have shown that meditation can and does deliver a way for people in the criminal justice system, inmates and guards alike (who also need help in dealing with the harsh reality of prison life) to deal with their present situation. Meditation is a way to self-discovery, not a set of expectations, making everyone a winner.

This is only a suggestion of course, if you have any other share it with us. We will be happy to read it and comment.

CRIMINALS IN THE MEDIA

In crime on August 17, 2011 at 7:52 am

Serving Life

An interesting article from Women In Crime Ink. It got me thinking about the various jail programs we have seen on tv through the years. Interesting. Informative. But are they really true representative of the prison population or just reinforcing our stereotypes?

We do know that there are some toffs, some rich daddy-boys, some white-collars in there, but where are they? Do they shy away from the cameras whenever a TV crew comes waltzing inside a prison? Are the broadcasters reluctant to interview them?

Any ideas? I would be interested in reading your opinion.