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Crime & Crime Prevention

Crime and Crime Prevention is a challenge for every government and society. Learn more about how governments deal with crime, criminals and crime prevention.

Test Your Knowledge: Las Vegas Mobs

For decades, Las Vegas has been known for its ties to organized crime. How much do you know about these Vegas mobsters?

Identifying Culprits via Body Odor Could Help Solve Crimes

The nose knows, apparently. A new study suggests smells associated with emotional events like a crime could be just as reliable as eyewitness accounts. So, nosewitnesses?

Terrorists Could Use Virtual Reality to Prepare for Attacks

A former undersecretary of the Department of Homeland Security explains how terrorists could use virtual reality to train for strikes.

States Scramble to Find Lethal Injection Drugs

With more drug companies refusing to allow their drugs to be used in executions, states have turned to riskier pharmaceuticals.

California Released Thousands of Prisoners Early — Guess How That Turned Out

From 2011 to 2013, California released 33,000 prisoners early. One study measures the impact non-violent prisoner "realignment" has had on crimes rates in the state.

Rolling Stone Releases El Chapo Interview

You've no doubt heard about Sean Penn's meeting with the infamous Mexican drug kingpin. Now you can check out the Rolling Stone video interview for yourself.

UCLA Report: Murder Rates Shorten Life Expectancy Among Mexican Men

Homicides due to organized crime are still a big problem in Mexico. The problem is so far-ranging that it has decreased how long Mexican men can expect to live.

The Most Hated Man in America Gets Arrested

What's the short-selling, price-gouging, trash-talking young pharma exec done now?

‘Attica University’: Should U.S. Prisoners Get a Free College Education?

If law-abiding students have to pay, what's the case for inmates to get it for nothing?

'Made in the USA’ Behind Bars: Is Prison Labor Really ‘Slave Labor’?

We explore the economics and ethics of prison-made goods.