Why Solving Old Murders Can Help Prevent New Ones

The Crime Report James M. Adcock

When “hot” and “cold” cases are handled by the same detectives in a police department, both types of investigations suffer. I wrote recently (https://thecrimereport.org/2017/03/20/getting-away-with-murder-the-nationalcrisis-of-cold-case-homicides/) in The Crime Report that the number of cold-case homicides is rising across the country at the same time as violent crime is increasing —a parallel that is not just a coincidence.

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Ricketts vetoes bill to restore voting rights to felons sooner

OWH April 28, 2017

The governor is headed for a showdown with state lawmakers over felon voting rights.

Gov. Pete Ricketts vetoed a measure Thursday that restores the voting rights of felons immediately after they complete their sentences.

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Ricketts won’t sign bill to restore felons’ voting rights sooner, says current 2-year wait ‘not too much to ask’

OWH April 26, 2017

Gov. Pete Ricketts took one of three options off the table Tuesday when he said he won’t sign a bill that allows Nebraska felons to vote in elections after completing their sentences.

The Legislature voted 27-13 on Monday to pass the bill, which ends the two-year waiting period for felons before they can exercise their right to vote.

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AMERICAN CARNAGE THE NEW LANDSCAPE OF OPIOID ADDICTION

Christopher Caldwell April 2017

“We should all be dead,” said Jonathan Goyer one bright morning in January as he looked across a room filled with dozens of his coworkers and clients. The Anchor Recovery Community Center, which Goyer helps run, occupies the shell of an office building in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Founded seven years ago, Anchor specializes in “peer-to-peer” counseling for drug addicts.

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Carfentanil: Everything You Should Know About the Deadly Synthetic Heroin

Synthetic opioids such as fentanyl have been making a huge splash in the United States and are causing an unprecedented number of overdoses and deaths throughout suburban America. Recently, a significantly more potent opioid analog has appeared. Carfentanil is 10,000 times more powerful than morphine and has proved deadly for many unsuspecting users.

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Smile! You’ve just been identied by face recognition

BY CLARE GARVIE ALVARO BEDOYA NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Imagine a world where, as you drive into — or even walk through — New York City, your face is scanned and compared to a list of suspected terrorists or other serious criminals. Would this make you feel safe? Now, imagine that the technology is error-prone, and may misidentify innocent people as suspects. What about now?

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Federal criminal prosecutions fall to lowest level in nearly two decades

BY JOHN GRAMLICH (HTTP://WWW.PEWRESEARCH.ORG/AUTHOR/JGRAMLICH/)

Prosecutions for drug, immigration and property offenses – the three most common categories of crime charged by the federal government – all have declined over the past five years. The Justice Department filed drug charges against 24,638 defendants in 2016, down 23% from 2011. It filed immigration charges against 20,762 defendants, down 26%. And it charged 10,712 people with property offenses such as fraud and embezzlement, a 39% decline.

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Cutting Bail Costs in Half ‘Could Save Billions’

On any given day in the United States there are about 450,000 people in jail who have not been convicted of anything. According to the Pretrial Justice Institute (http://www.pretrial.org/) , they cost taxpayers about $38 million a day.  Those 450,000 people have been charged with a crime, and all—except for a small percentage facing life in prison—have a right to be free. These men and women sit in jail because they do not have the money to get out, pending trial.

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Senators advance bill that would end local gun regulations in Nebraska in favor of state law

OWH April 13, 2017 Nebraska lawmakers signaled Wednesday they intend to pull rank on local elected officials when it comes to regulating guns.

The Legislature voted 32-12 to advance a bill that would require state law to override municipal gun regulations in Nebraska.

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Nebraska legislators advance proposal to hike judges’ salaries by 2.5 percent

OWH April 6, 2017

Nebraska’s state court judges would get a 2.5 percent raise over the next two years under a bill advanced Wednesday by the Legislature.

Current salaries range from $172,000 annually for the seven Supreme Court judges to $154,800 for the 58 judges who preside over county courts.

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