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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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Why is the death sentence considered to be an unacceptable punishment in the Council of Europe, while life imprisonment is not?

I've always been baffled at the Council of Europe fight against the death sentence: on the one hand you have the rights of the prisoner and how a death sentence is too harsh for any crime. On 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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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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Is there any evidence that Filipino president Duterte's war on drugs has been successful?

Is there any evidence to suggest that the war on drugs in the Philippines by president Duterte has proven to be successful, with regards to the reduction of drug-related crimes?
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How was this person considered for a pardon in Iceland?

Iceland's government is collapsing. At the heart of this is apparently a scandal involving the Prime Minister's father, who vouched for the character of a convicted sex offender. Part of the story ...
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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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Dealing with crime in cryptocurrency based economies

Most cryptocurrencies are anonymous where the origin of coins is not known and transactions are also anonymous (this may not be 100% true but lets assume perfect anonymity). The society prevents ...
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Have pro-prostitution policies in Germany and Nevada been found to help reduce rape and sexual assault?

Have the (comparatively) pro-prostitution, or at least prostitution-friendly policies of places like Germany and Nevada been linked to a decrease in sex related crimes like sexual assault and rape? I ...
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Are there many liberal democracies that use “the more favorable criminal law” principle?

This question is somehow a followup of this one (split suggestion). At the end of January 2017, Romanian Government (executive branch) made several changes to Criminal Law using a Government Ordinance....
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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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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 are reasons that America has the highest incarceration rate in the world?

America has the highest incarceration rate in the world, both in absolute numbers, and relative to population (only China and India have higher populations, and they have fewer people incarcerated). ...
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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 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 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 are the crime rates by religion in USA?

Not looking for hate crimes. Looking for percentage of crimes per capita broken down by religion of the perpetrator. (Example: 1M Protestants in USA, 10k crimes by Protestants, rate of 0.01% per ...
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Has the UK prosecuted or attempted to prosecute individuals other than Assange for jumping bail?

Has the UK prosecuted, or attempted to prosecute, individuals for jumping bail, or otherwise trying to evade the justice system, other than with Julian Assange? I had a look at the England and Wales ...
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What is Sweden's historical violent crime rate vs. immigration rate?

I tried to find a historical chart of Sweden's violent crime rate and came across this: Which was the first image search result: https://duckduckgo.com/?q=sweden+violent+crime+rate+history+chart&...
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What are the arguments for and against Statutes of Limitations?

I was reading this article earlier today about the alleged Golden State Killer which mentioned that the State of California passed a law a few years ago which eliminated the Statute of Limitations for ...
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What is Congress doing to address phone scams using spoofed phone numbers?

There's a growing problem of phone spam/scam calls which use spoofed phone numbers (caller ID masking) to pretend to be calling from a phone number in your area code/locale (first 6 digits of phone ...
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Sweden rape statistics 2016

There has been a lot of discussions around an increase in Sweden's rape crime and it has been suggested that it was due to loose immigration policy. I cannot find any of the data for rape in Sweden ...
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How does legalized prostitution affect human trafficking, if at all?

When reading up on prostitution in places like Nevada, Greece, Mexico, Germany, the Netherlands, et cetera; one reoccurring theme I keep see popping up is that Human Trafficking seems to become a ...
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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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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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Global policies on hiring ex-convicts

Spawned from this other SE question. In the United States it is challenging for ex-convicts to find gainful employment. A few states have gotten on board the Ban the Box initiative, referring to the ...
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Who were the three lawmakers who voted against decriminalising domestic violence in Russia?

In Russian parliament votes 380-3 to decriminalise domestic violence, it's said that there was a 380 to 3 vote in favour of a bill to decriminalise domestic violence under certain circumstances. Who ...
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After the 2004 Ohio recount campaign, on what charges was an election administrator subsequently jailed?

The front page for the 2016 election integrity recount campaign of the Green Party provides an interesting fact: Details You Need to Know In 2004, the Cobb/LaMarche campaign demanded a ...
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Can a US official be charged and tried in court without first being impeached?

For example, could Bill Clinton have been charged with perjury in the standard judicial system, even while sitting President? Or is impeachment and removal a prerequisite for judicial proceedings?
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Are minorities given harsher sentences in the criminal justice system in the US?

US has the largest incarceration rate of any country with 1 in 100 being in prison or incarceration. In 2016, the Prison Policy Initiative estimated that in the United States that about 2,298,300 ...
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What are the political challenges in defeating organized crime?

Fighting organized crime is in the best interests of everybody and after all, for politicians, less crime will make your electorate happier. On the other hand, countries have been wildly unsuccessful ...
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Why is the US the only country in the world with nearly absolute “double jeopardy” protections?

Looking at the article about "double jeopardy" it seems that the US is the only country in the world where the prosecution is not allowed to appeal an acquittal in the lowest court, unless the trial ...
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Modi's Demonetization move?

What is the real advantage of India's demonetization if it does not solve the problem of black money in India? What was the logic of introducing a note of higher denomination (₹2000)?
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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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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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Are the death threats against Trump electors unprecedented in America?

Detroit News reports: Trump’s opponents have deluged [Michael] Banerian and other GOP electors with pleas and nasty emails to reverse course and cast their ballots for Clinton, according to the ...
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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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Who is in favor of mandatory minimum sentences and why?

The US law seems to be quite enamoured with mandatory minimum sentences, especially when it comes to drug crimes. Mandatory minimum sentences seem to have mostly impacted prison populations rather ...
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What is the Indian government doing to combat rape?

Rape is a very prominent issue in India for the last few years. Delhi is called the Rape Capital of India where 5 women gets raped each day. Recently, two girl were raped and tortured to death which ...
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US President Barack Obama has acknowledged that civilians have been killed in drone attacks . Can this be considered as war crime?

US President Barack Obama has acknowledged that civilians have been killed in drone attacks in Muslim nations. Questions. Can this be considered a war crime? If in this case or in other similar ...
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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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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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What has caused the steep increase in violent crime in Baltimore over the last decade?

Looking at data from the Baltimore Sun, in 2011, there were 196 homicides in the city. By 2019, this had risen to 348, with similar figures over the last 5 years - an increase of about 78%. There are ...
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Did the US Floyd protests actually result in charges against the police officers involved

As of late, I have seen many arguing that the protests and riots in the US about the killing of George Floyd have been directly responsible for the increased charges against Derek Chauvin, and the new ...
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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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Review of Hillary Clinton's email problem

Who revealed first that Hillary Clinton has used her family's private email server for official communication? What was Clinton's first reaction? Did she admit the fact immediately? Did she deny it? ...
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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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Has the UK spent millions of pounds to track a fugitive other than Assange?

From an answer to "Why is the British government so determined to arrest Julian Assange?": And now someone can tell me why it is not unusual that a government pays millions of pounds to track a ...
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Is gun violence in the US mostly limited to people involved in property/violent crime?

This follows a question of mine on expatriates.SX: I may move to the US, but I'm kind of scared of the gun violence One of the answers there suggests that US gun violence is not as bad as the ...
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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 ...