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Why isn't the German police allowed to use PimEyes (social network tracking via face recognition)?

I read about the capture of Daniela Klette, via Google Translate: In Germany, the criminal police claimed that they were not authorized to use this type of AI [PimEyes], due to data protection ...
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What makes it so difficult for Mexico to deal with the paramilitary criminal cartels in the country?

I've just stumped upon this video on Reddit which shows Jalisco New Generation Cartel fighters. They look like a private army. They openly wear uniforms with insignia and have numerous armored ...
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What is the distribution of illegal acts defined by the Computer Misuse Act actually done by children in the UK?

The UK National Crime Agency has annonced that one in five children are being criminalised by the Computer Misuse Act (CMA). They warn of life changing consequences for the children involved. They ...
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Is there any Western country that may confiscate all personal property as criminal punishment to white collar crimes?

Tian Huiyu, former president of China Merchants Bank, was given the death penalty with a two-year reprieve for crimes including taking bribes, abuse of power, using undisclosed information for trading,...
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What were these two convicted Russian officers in charge of, more exactly? Any similar cases ongoing?

Kommersant reports that a couple of Russian officers (one LtC, one major) were sentence to 4 years in prison in Russia for failing to stop a Tochka-U strike on a Russian base in March or April 2022 (...
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What does the CARICOM Regional Task Force on Crime and Security (CRTFCS) do?

I've seen this CRTFCS mentioned in various places, e.g. The RSS initially started as a US instrument to combat the spread of communism in the Caribbean region. As of 2001, the RSS further cooperates ...
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What could have been the intended purpose of Section 23 of the Theft Act 1968?

Section 23 of the Theft Act 1968 states: Advertising rewards for return of goods stolen or lost. Where any public advertisement of a reward for the return of any goods which have been stolen or lost ...
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What it the logic behind prisons' spatial distribution around the world?

I have created a project which shows the distribution of prisons globally. There is likely a rationale behind this distribution. For instance, why does Switzerland have small prisons while France has ...
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What was the selection criteria for people Russia judges in the "Azov trial"?

Based on Western media, it seems to me they are judging pretty insignificant cases like cooks (of the battalion) and what not. I do recall that Russia even exchanged some Azov combat personnel ...
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What were the policy objectives sought to be achieved by California’s proposition 47?

Prop 47 modified the status of shoplifting under a certain value threshold from a felony into a misdemeanour for the first offence. What was the objective and impetus for doing this? What were the ...
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FTX Scandal. Only one person on trial. Why? [closed]

Apologies if this is the wrong group for this question. I did not post it in the the law group because rather than the legal argument I am interested in the investigation and the prosecution, if I ...
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Is former president Trump "out on bail" as Chris Christie asserts? If so, were campaign funds used?

to help answers along, this was just asserted by Jim Sciutto, CNN anchor and chief national security correspondent after 06:22: The previous indictments Trump has faced, he has not had to post bond. ...
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If harsh punishment does not deter crime, what explains Lee Kuan Yew's observations during WW2?

Source Second, [Lee Kuan Yew] learned that fear of brutal punishment can deter crime: The Japanese Military Administration governed by spreading fear. It put up no pretence of civilised behaviour. ...
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Can a US President be Court Martialed?

I’ve heard that the answer to this question depends on the situation. Suppose, for example, a US president decides to conspire to poison a city’s water supply to cover-up some administrative abuse or ...
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Why is the perceived safety of some countries and the actual safety not strongly correlated? For instance, why do Croatians feel so safe?

Before researching this, I have assumed countries in which people feel safer tend to be actually safer. But take a look at this infographic which was recently circulating the Croatian media: ...
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Why are reports of LGBT hate crimes rising in the west?

Sources BBC, Security.Org. This rise seems to happen in US, France, and also Germany. Could an explanation be given for what the reason behind this rise is?
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Why is it so difficult to deal with cold calling? [closed]

It is in the news that the UK government is making a significant investment in "a clampdown on the use of cold calls to sell financial products". This involves significant investment in ...
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In what sense did Trump put a notch on his belt? [closed]

The following extract is from UStoday site: Trump's lawyer, Joe Tacopina, told NBC's "Today" show on Friday that Trump was initially "shocked" when notified of the grand jury's ...
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is prisoners not being able to vote and disenfranchisement a major reason for why there is a lack of lobbying in criminal justice reform? [closed]

Most of the lobbying on criminal justice reforms seems to be more towards the side of bringing more "tough on crime" and "zero tolerance" policies. there isn't much of a movement ...
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How can this new ban on drag possibly be considered constitutional?

This seems impossibly ridiculous. How do they define, specifically, what it means to be dressed in drag? Let's say we are clear on whether someone is male or not; now, what does it mean, specifically, ...
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What authority does the United States have to hold and try persons accused of assassinating the Haitian president?

It's about U.S. Charges Four in Connection With the Assassination of Haiti’s President article: The decision to charge the men, considered to be ringleaders in the assassination plot, in the United ...
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Have the political community recognized the social issues behind mass shootings? [closed]

Mass shooting incidents are very commonplace in the USA. Whenever any shooting occurs, the same debate about "gun control" comes again and again. However, shooting incidents are a byproduct ...
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Are there statistics that show if clothing choices have an effect on sexual assault rates? [closed]

I am curious to know if women who dress provocatively are more or less likely to be victims of sexual assault. The best way to find out would be to conduct a study in a country where a considerable ...
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What are grooming gangs in United Kingdom, and why is it a political issue?

PM Rishi Sunak just addressed the issue of grooming gangs in UK (gangs that kidnap / "adopt" underage females, oftentimes poor, oftentimes immigrants, oftentimes disabled, and then "...
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I don't understand the current Harry Dunn/Anne Sacoolas situation, and why the virtual court appearance?

I think I am missing something about this case (particularly the criminal case), because I don't understand the current situation and legally/politically, how it got there and where it's at. My ...
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Was anyone in Orbán's circle reported w/ clear & convincing evidence to have engaged in compelling adverse interest w/ the anecdotal "carrot & stick"?

Has there been any cases where, say, a video recording or audio recording stood as manifest proof of anyone within Fidesz, people with close ties thereto, NER or his family to have offered the stick ...
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What makes Brittney Griner more worthy of a prisoner swap?

My guess is that there are thousands of USA citizens convicted of foreign crimes (and held in prison in foreign countries), and hundreds with a misdemeanor nature similar to that of Brittney Griner's ...
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Why are notable prisoners sometimes comfortably housed?

I know of a US citizen who committed pretty brutal crimes in Afghanistan pre-Taliban, and went to a notorious Afghan prison. He had a dorm-like cell and was reportedly given alcohol and movies. The ...
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Why are arrest records public in the United States?

As I understand, arrest records (records showing that someone was arrested by police) are public in the United States, at least in many states (see e.g. Are Arrest Records Public?). However, it seems ...
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Is there any correlation between the violent crime rate and race in the USA?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._states_and_territories_by_intentional_homicide_rate I have a feeling that white-dominated states of the USA have lower murder rates. For example, I checked ...
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Why does the USA seem to have a higher crime rate than other OECD countries?

Crime rate by country 2022 Even though France and Sweden have higher crime rates than the USA, why do I have an impression that the USA is more crime-ridden than other OECD countries? Also, even ...
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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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