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Why does a high number of capital punishments often attract international criticism?

Take, for example, a country like the United States. Firstly, the US has a relatively high homicide rate. Secondly, the US might not have enough money to keep large numbers of murderers in prison, as ...
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Are there any peer reviewed studies into whether hate crime legislation decreases the frequency of hate crimes?

The title mostly says it all. I understand the motivation of hate crime legislation, and if it works I'm totally supportive of it. However, I'm curious if it works in practice. Are criminals really ...
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Which US congressman had the idea of metropolitan area, and said that poverty causes crime?

In "The Machinery of Freedom" by David Friedman, at chapter 17 "A First Step", Dr. Friedman writes: In the Washington circles where Great Ideas are conceived and circulated before ...
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Does Romania or any other EU country have a criminal law that punishes originating or spreading false information?

It's been said on Euronews that A misleading Facebook video had suggested that there were no patients at a temporary hospital in the northeastern city of Piatra-Neamț. Officials at the health centre ...
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Is increasing punishments for gun smuggling effective at curbing gun violence?

One common argument often made by pro-firearm activists as a counter to blanket gun-control measures is that in order to curb gun violence, the solution is to have increased punishments on the process ...
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Why does decriminalisation/legalisation not reduce the cost of drugs?

It is conventional wisdom that the criminalisation of the supply of recreational psychoactive drugs causes an increase in the cost to supply and therefore to the user. In an unreferenced but somewhat ...
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Are there studies of murder rates that correct for the average health of the community? [closed]

In World War 1, they found head injuries increased after handing out helmets. This was a selection bias issue; before helmets, soldiers hit in the head would die and not be counted. I would think a ...
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Why doesn't the FBI crack down on websites allowing cartoon child pornography?

In the United States, visual depictions (such as drawings) of child abuse images is illegal provided they are ruled as obscene. This would make things like lolicon/shotacon (a type of cartoon child ...
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Has a U.S. president (or other politician) commenting on a criminal case ever actually led to a major setback for the prosecution?

We often hear politicians-- and U.S. presidents especially-- being criticized for weighing in on criminal cases on the grounds that their comments could prejudice a jury. Most recently Joe Biden and ...
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How can gun violence be prevented through policy or action without infringing on the 2nd Amendment? [closed]

The definition of "infringing on the 2nd Amendment" is highly subjective and a heavy source of debate, so for the scope of this question, let's assume that this means the government cannot ...
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What percentage of mass shootings in the USA are actually stopped by ordinary gun-bearing Americans?

It has been hypothesized that the harms of mass shootings in the US could be mitigated or prevented by encouraging gun ownership and reducing legal obstacles to gun carrying. With approximately 400,...
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What is the status of an elected foreign president that previously fled the US on criminal charges?

Dominique Strauss-Kahn was a very serious candidate for the French presidency. His political career was stopped in its tracks when he was arrested and charged with the sexual assault and attempted ...
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Can members of the military resign if they do not want to follow an order without punishment?

If a solider were ordered to go to war and they thought the war was very bad for the country, could they just resign or would they still be punished for not following the order?
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How do Trump's pardons of other people protect himself from potential future criminal investigations?

A Washington Post article that describes President Trump's pardons over the last few days says the following: The move sparked blowback, mostly from Democrats, who accused him of wielding his ...
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Voter intimidation versus poll observing?

What distinguishes, if anything, the ominous presence of one or more partisan self-appointed possibly armed poll observers full of appraising stares, and the federal crime of voter intimidation? The ...
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How do crime rates compare between Black and White populations of similar economic status, particularly for those below the poverty line?

I'm not sure that this question is on topic here, but I guessed that I would have a better chance of getting a good answer here than at Economics SE (and Sociology SE doesn't exist). I've seen a few ...
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What are efficient approaches to counter drug trafficking?

I recently heard that for a City/State it might be better to educate people and help them get away from drugs rather than fighting the drug dealers with more and more police force. Based on the ...
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Is the death rate due to police violence between men and women proportional?

According to https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/a/47814/25402 1 in 2000 men's cause of death is police violence while the corresponding number for women is 1 in 33 000. Risk is highest for black ...
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What's the history of the general public preventing prosecutions?

You may know that a few days ago a protest in Bristol, UK, ended up with people bringing down a statue of Colston, a slaveowner, and dumping the statue in the river. Regardless of whether you agree ...
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How can police brutality be prevented through policy?

Police Brutality (defined as a civil rights violation where officers exercise undue or excessive force against a civilian) is not equally prevalent in all governments and all places, which indicates ...
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What kind of government abuse is "sell game"? [closed]

I tried searching google but can't find anything that isn't related to gaming. Actually, is this even the right forum? Anyway, the mention is from here. "As for the government soldiers, Amy Smythe ...
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Is it (still) possible to create an anonymous shell company in the UK? If not, when did they actually implement checks on that?

From "the missing Crypto Queen" (a BBC story on the OneCoin scam): He takes the first one on the list and looks it up on the Companies House website. Everything is meant to be transparent - ...
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Why is the UK withdrawing from the European Arrest Warrant?

On Feb 27th, in a document setting out its approach to negotiations with the EU, the UK government announced its intention to withdraw from the European Arrest Warrant. (Pg. 27) Is the UK obligated ...
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What policies caused the drop in violent crime in Los Cabos?

Looking at Wikipedia, I see that during 2017, Los Cabos had the highest intentional homicide rate in the world. But in 2018, they appear to have dropped out of the top 50 entirely, which would imply ...
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How is the European Union trying to adapt to Italian Mafia extension in other EU countries?

According to this rather old article Italian Mafia has managed to extend its operations way beyond Italian borders including in countries that were once thought to be immune to it: (..) uncover how ...
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Was Nixon right, and if so, to what degree was he right, when he said that "... but when the president does it, that means that it is not illegal."?

In the comments of this question, I came across this quote from Nixon: but when the president does it, that means that it is not illegal My common sense is telling me that logically, there must ...
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Is Mexico winning its war on drug cartels? (2019)

In 2006, Mexico's president Felipe Calderon declared a war on drugs. This was in response to the growing power of Mexico's cartels, who had acquired vast wealth from the proceeds of drug trafficking. ...
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What was the stated reason for giving Trump this award?

US president Donald Trump recently received the Bipartisan Justice award for his work toward the passage of a criminal justice reform bill. This is a bit surprising in several respects. The ...
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Why are so many cities in the list of 50 most violent cities in the world located in South and Central America?

According to the Mexico's Citizens' Council for Public Security's annual ranking, about 80% of the most dangerous cities are in the American continent. Is there a political explanation to this? Are ...
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What is the legal status of complaints of criminality that the DOJ hears about but are not in written form?

NBC reports: Weeks before the whistleblower's complaint became public, the CIA's top lawyer made what she considered to be a criminal referral to the Justice Department about the whistleblower's ...
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Do members of the UK Royal Family have immunity to prosecution in the UK?

Prince Andrew has long been linked with Jeffery Epstein, and has been accused of sexual assault by multiple women, though the charges have never been tested in court. Now, in the wake of Epstein's ...
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Why does Germany ban flag burning?

Today, I learnt that: Germany is considering a three year jail sentence for burning the EU flag. Germany currently prohibits the burning of the German flag. This prohibition isn’t solely for ...
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Is there any country (state, region) where trying to pass "bad" laws is a crime?

Inspired by this question and answers to it. While I'm reasonably sure the answer is "No", I wonder if there is some interesting exception to the general immunity of legislative bodies. While a ...
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If "more guns less crime", how do gun advocates explain that the EU has less crime than the US?

As a naive European, I thought that the self-defense argument for guns in the US was mostly based on the high number of guns already in the country. In other words, I thought that the argument takes ...
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Who is responsible for preventing smuggling?

Related to; fentanyl imports Who is responsible for stopping smuggling into a country? The country where the goods are shipped from, or the one which receives them? Recently the UK has been asked ...
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How easy is it to get a gun illegally in the United States?

One argument against gun control is: Gun control only hurts law-abiding citizens. A person intent on doing harm will simply just acquire it illegally. And so my question is, how good is this ...
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Book recommendation for connection between immigration and crime [closed]

I'd like to know a little bit more about the reasons behind the migration flows to Europe, especially in recent years, and the (eventual) connections with (organized) crime, especially in Southern ...
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Do countries use a shared intelligence database at borders?

Is there an internationally-shared police/intelligence database that countries use to permit/deny entry of foreign nationals? For example, might France, the UK or the US pool wanted lists incase ...
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Why did cannabis get legalized first?

The number of drug "addicts" are about 5% of users. So most users are not even addicts. This one says 10% of users become addicts. I am sure it means 10% of illegal drug users. First, medical ...
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What are the true statistics on farm murders in South Africa

For the most part the ones pushing the idea that white farmers are under assault by the black majority is the organization Afriforum. At first other organizations tried to debunk their stats and ...
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Vote coercion in U.S.A

Rebecca Solnit wrote a provocative article describing husbands that "bully, silence and control" the votes of their wives in the United States. She musters anecdotes of Republican men preventing their ...
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What solutions have been proposed in the US to an abstract contaminated vote bag problem?

Suppose in an anonymous voting system, we have a bag of 100 legitimate votes soon to be counted. Unfortunately, before the 100 legitimate votes reach the the counting table, a man in a bandit mask ...
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Is it fascist/racist to doubly punish for people who live in "poor" areas? [closed]

Suppose a government is going to doubly punish for crimes committed by people who live in certain areas. Those areas are selected by a combination of all of the following criteria: lots of foreigners ...
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Purpose of the European Arrest Warrant

In 2005, Osman Hussain, who tried to blow up the London Underground on 21st July that year, was extradited from Italy using the European Arrest Warrant. This is held up as an example of the utility ...
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What possible laws have been proposed to modify limited liability of corporations?

I wonder if there’s a workable tweak to the limited liability of shareholders that would make it less profitable for those who wish to indirectly indicate to their flunkie ceos that they better cut ...
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What justice and legislative system reforms have been proposed that account for the absence of free will?

From what I understand, psychology plays a large role in our criminal justice systems- especially in the United States. Psychologists evaluate police officers who go on to arrest people who are ...
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Have any studies been performed which show that campaigning for or being appointed to an office of public trust leads to criminal activity?

Consider List of American state and local politicians convicted of crimes List of American federal politicians convicted of crimes while in general persons who have been convicted of a crime are ...
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What is the UK doing about acid attacks? [closed]

A three year old boy was injured in a suspected acid attack in Worcester with several people arrested, and statistics indicate acid attacks are on the rise in London (though I suppose it could be ...
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Why allow convicted criminals to vote?

According to a 1998 HRW report, The United States may have the world’s most restrictive criminal disenfranchisement laws. We know of no other democracy besides the United States in which convicted ...
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Why would a country fight money laundering by nationals of non-allied countries?

Many Western countries have laws that forbid money laundering which apply to citizens of all countries rather than just their own nationals. Countries like UK have been recently cracking down on ...
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