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Criminological Theory

What factors contribute to a person becoming a criminal? Biological Theories Are babies born killers? The “Twin Studies” supported this theory, showing how a heritable trait may increase the risk for criminal behavior. In this study, the identical twins (MZ) and the fraternal twins (DZ) were tested to see how genetic and environmental influences impact one’s behavior. Before we can discuss the Twin Studies though, let's consider the biological theory as a whole. “Biological factors are more inclusive, consisting of physiological, biochemical, neurological, and genetic factors” (Encyclopedia, 2017). In a sense, this is entirely different than genetics, but it is similar in that the traits are...

New York Attack Leads to Federal Terrorist Offense

Uzbekistan immigrant, Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, 29, from New Jersey, was charged with a terrorist offense after investigators uncovered evidence that he supplied material support to ISIS. Saipov was charged on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 in a civilian courtroom instead of a military system setup which is standard for foreign terrorists. He went before Magistrate Judge Barbara C. Moses for the court proceeding. Although the court provided a Russian interpreter Saipov communicated with Judge Moses in English as she read the charges against him: “one count of providing material support to terrorists and one count of violence and destruction of a motor vehicle causing death.” In New York City...

Las Vegas Massacre. A Premeditated Crime.

Authorities have been investigating the Las Vegas shooting committed by Stephen Paddock, 64, of Mesquite, Nevada, who checked into room 135 on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. Mr. Paddock loaded up 10 suitcases of over 23 guns into the two-room suite. On Sunday October 1, 2017, Mr. Paddock smashed out the windows of his room, took aim and opened fire on a crowd of approximately 22,000 people who attended the Route 91 Harvest Festival concert. 59 people including the gunman were reported dead and 489 people were reported injured. After many speculations of the motives behind the shooting officials have...

Satanic, Occult, Ritualistic Crime: A Law Enforcement Perspective

Children introduced to sexual violence during their developmental years have been found to explain their trauma through monsters and stereotypical villains in order to articulate situations they don't understand. Child sexual abuse can be more difficult to identify than most people believe. The level of proof needed for conviction is higher because the consequences are greater. The societal default for sexual abuse in children is denial.  Most people don’t want to hear about a child being sexually abused and would therefore rather pretend it never happens. This causes a counter-reaction from others who try to fight the willful ignorance of deniers: exaggeration.  Those hoping to bring sexual...

Gun Violence A Common Problem Today

Gun Violence A Common Problem Today Introduction Gun violence is a significant issue faced by the justice system. The problem of gun violence related to homicides affecting the age group of young juveniles from age 14 to young adults age 30 result from drug use and distribution. My proposal would be a focus group tasked to find the sources of where drug distribution takes place and where it is coming from in order to prevent violence originating from the drugs in association of attributing to gun violence. In the united states the main sources of drugs usually come imported from other countries which would require our...

Forms of Drug Smuggling

Around two million pounds of illegal drugs were seized by United States Customs and Border Protection. Smugglers tried to sneak in paraphernalia in a variety of unbelievable ways, including using a catapult. President Trump has recently been ridiculed for expressing safety concern over people operating border walls. He suggested that drug smugglers could potentially harm the American Border Patrol and then throw their bags of drugs over the barriers. “‘As horrible as it sounds,’ the president said, ‘when they throw the large sacks of drugs over, and if you have people on the other side of the wall, you don’t see them — they hit...

16 Year Old Walks 7,500 Miles to Escape Death

At the age of 16, one man walked 7,500 miles to escape murder. Growing up in Honduras, Louis Canales was surrounded by drug and gang violence. His passion for justice motivated him to speak out against gangs and the fear they imposed on the people in his hometown of Siguatepeque. After a radio station broadcast his opposition to gangs, 14-year-old Canales began receiving death threats. As the threats became more serious, including a gang member shooting at him while riding his bicycle to work, Canales knew he had to leave Siguatepeque: “I fell from my bike and was knocked unconscious… The gang member thought he had...

Empowering Men for the Sake of Empowering Women

“You know, I get it, it’s important to ‘respect’ chicks, but it’s cool to f___ chicks.” “Okay-- says who?” Alexis Jones, CEO and founder of ProtectHer, stands on an auditorium stage at the University of Nevada with her head cocked and her brow quizzically furrowed. She is relating an interaction she had on her three year long tour of educating Division I athletes on what she describes as “pandemic levels” (Jones, 2017) of disrespect and violence towards women. Jones goes on to explain that the athlete’s response to her challenge-- “I don’t know”-- is indicative of what she sees to be the root of this pandemic....

Increasing Law Enforcement Transparency to Improve Public and Police Safety

On Thursday May 25, 2017 U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Cory Booker introduced legislation that aims to increase transparency and accountability to law enforcement agencies across the nation. The goal of this legislation is to reduce the use of force by and against police officers. Nicknamed PRIDE, the Police Reporting Information, Data, and Evidence Act would require states and Indian tribes to provide reports to the U.S. Justice Department every 3 months regarding any and all incidents during which a civilian is shot or seriously injured by a law enforcement officer as well as any incident during which a law enforcement officer is...

Escaping from a Cult

“One of the hardest things to do with a cult is to remove yourself from them” (Cultwatch.com, n.d., paragraph 1), says Cultwatch. The website has written a “how-to” guide for those who realize they are in a cult or at the very least an unhealthy group dynamic. Cultwatch offers sound advice to anyone seeking guidance on how to end involvement with a cult. Knowing there are resources waiting to be utilized and people willing to help those trapped within the confines of a cult-society can be the impetus needed for a person to change or seek outside assistance. Cultwatch suggests that a person who is...