Last week, the Pew Research Center reported that the murder rate was cut nearly in half from 7 per 100,000 in 1993 to 3.6 per 100,000 in 2013. Over the same period, overall gun deaths (including accidents and suicides) have fallen by one-third from 15.2 to 10.6 per 100,000.
There were declines in all four categories of violent crime in 2010.
Crime levels fell across the board last year, according to the FBI. This extends a multi-year downward trend with a 5.5 percent drop in the number of violent crimes in 2010 and a 2.8 percent decline in the number of property crimes.
A little spring break fun in the sun can be a dangerous thing.
Orlando wins this year’s dubious honor as the most dangerous spring break city in the USA. The rankings are compiled by the AVVO website, which offers free ratings and profiles of lawyers and doctors, and is based on violent crimes data, FBI crime statistics, car crashes and murder rates.
Serious offenders insensitive to upsides as well as potential losses
Men imprisoned for murder and other serious offenses have a well-earned reputation for taking dangerous risks. But their problems with risk assessment go deeper than that, a new study finds.
Higher rates of out-of-wedlock births correlate with higher crime rates roughly 20 years later
A study in the latest issue of The Journal of Law and Economics finds a link between out-of-wedlock births and rates of murder and other crimes.
China and northern India have unnaturally large numbers of boys but the problem is rising.
Imagine you are one half of a young couple expecting your first child in a fast-growing, poor country. You are part of the new middle class; your income is rising; you want a small family. But traditional mores hold sway around you, most important in the preference for sons over daughters. Perhaps hard physical labour is still needed for the family to make its living. Perhaps only sons may inherit land. Perhaps a daughter is deemed to join another family on marriage and you want someone to care for you when you are old. Perhaps she needs a dowry.
A proposed Utah law that would open women who suffer a miscarriage to possible criminal prosecution and life imprisonment has enraged feminists and civil rights activists across the United States.
Adopted overwhelmingly by both sides of the state legislature in Salt Lake City earlier this month, the draft bill is now awaiting the signature of the state’s Republican Governor, Gary Herbert. It is not clear if the growing national controversy surrounding the proposed law will slow or even stay his pen.
While the main thrust of the law is to enable prosecutors in the majority-Mormon state to pursue women who seek illegal, unsupervised forms of abortion, it includes a provision that could trigger murder charges against women found guilty of an “intentional, knowing or reckless act” that leads to a miscarriage. Some say this could include drinking one glass of wine too many, walking on an icy pavement or skiing.
Taking the Wii to a whole new level
From Kotaku.com (via statesman.com) comes this unbelievably awesome story. I can hardly contain myself: Continue reading… “Wii As A Weapon”
A fingerprint, outlined with a black conducting powder, can be seen on this bullet.
It’s a discovery that would make even Sherlock Holmes proud. British scientists have developed a new crime-fighting technique that allows police to lift fingerprints from bullets even if a criminal has wiped down a shell casing.