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Criminal Victimization 2014

Categories: Crime/Justice,Statistics

Records an estimated 5.4 million victimizations involving violent crime and 15.3 million involving property crime.  The property crime rate fell from the previous year, but the violent rate  was not significantly different.  From the Bureau of Justice Statistics


Mass Murder with Firearms: Incidents and Victims, 1999-2013

Categories: Crime/Justice,Guns,Statistics

Analyzes mass shootings, defined as those involving 3 or more killings in a single incident, for a 15 year period (1999-2013).  Covers more than 300 such events involving the murder of 1,554 victims and calls for improved data collection for policy making.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Mortality in Local Jails and State Prisons, 2000-2013, Statistical Tables

Categories: Births/Deaths,Crime/Justice,Statistics

Reports an increase in the number of prisoner deaths (4,446) for the third consecutive year.  Presents annual counts and 14 year trend.  Also provides mortality rates per 100,000 inmates, the causes of death, the characteristics of those who died, and the states where the deaths occurred.  From the Bureau of Justice Statistics


Laws Related to Hunting Lions in Zimbabwe

Categories: Africa,Animals/Wildlife,Crime/Justice

Following the controversial killing of a lion named Cecil by an American hunter, this report covers what the law says about hunting lions in Zimbabwe, responsibility for managing wildlife, restrictions on hunting methods and weapons, the penalties for illegal hunting, and sources of more information about wildlife laws in African countries.  From the Law Library of Congress


Trafficking in Persons Report: July 2015

Categories: Children,Crime/Justice,Headlines,Labor/Employment,Sex Issues

The annual report which covers sex trafficking, forced labor, domestic servitude, child labor, and child soldiers.  Also describes U.S. government efforts to stop human trafficking.  From the State Department


Dark Web

Categories: Crime/Justice,Defense/Military,Govt Secrecy,Spying/Intelligence,Telecommunications/Internet

Discusses the darker corners of the deep or unindexed web, what it is used for, how it is accessed, and how law enforcement, the military, and intelligence officials are using it.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Ensuring the Integrity of Medicare Part D

Categories: Crime/Justice,Elderly,Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Medicare/Medicaid

Discusses the vulnerability of the prescription drug portion of Medicare to fraud and what has been done to mitigate the problem in the 9 years since the benefit was added.  From the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services


United States of America v. Robert F. McDonnell

Categories: Crime/Justice,Govt/Business Scandals,Headlines,Supreme Court/courts,Virginia Issues

Decision of a three judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit which affirmed the public corruption conviction of former Virginia governor Robert McDonnell.  McDonnell was convicted and sentenced to a two year prison term.  From Justia


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