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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why does Germany ban flag burning?

Today I learnt that Germany is considering a three year jail sentence for burning the EU flag, and also that they currently prohibit the burning of the German flag. This prohibition isn’t solely for ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Tally of fake hate crimes?

Is there a tally of fake hate crimes in the United States, by year, with ideological identification? I'm defining a fake hate crime as an incident when one defaces, destroys or vandalizes a public ...
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Information about ethical profile of companies [closed]

I would like to find as much information as possible about the ethical profile of major companies. I mean something like this site where you can search for a company and obtain a list of the crimes ...
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Are there countries where the Roma have integrated into local society?

I live in Czech Republic and the Roma minority here is considered to be the biggest source of crime - most prisoners belong to the Roma ethnic even though they only make up 2-3% of the population. ...
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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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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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Why are Jewish related places being targeted?

Places related to presumably non-Israeli, non-American Jews have been violently attacked subsequent to the Trump administration’s Jerusalem decision: in Europe a synagogue was firebombed and a kosher ...
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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 happened in California in 1994 when hate crime increased so much?

I'm playing with the dataset provided by FBI Crime Data Explorer. And I found a significant increase in hate crime incidents. I'm not familiar with U.S. politics and policy. Does anyone have any clue ...
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Why aren't police obliged to keep the information about terrorists secret?

After the terrorist attack in Berlin, the media started to broadcast much information about the people involved. It seems to me that this just supports the terrorists' motivation of fame and allows ...
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Longest known chain of command? [closed]

What's the longest known chain of command length for any government, military, or large organization, (legal or illegal)? For example, WP's abstract military organization chain length is 11: ...
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Test or drill to verify the functioning of a judicial system by ordinary people [closed]

Is there any mechanism in any judicial system to test its efficiency by designing a fake or test crime scheme to verify the functionality of the judiciary? For example, is there a method for a ...