CRIME & CRIME PREVENTION

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How Criminal Recycling Works

There's a growing band of lawbreakers in town tarnishing recycling's squeaky green reputation. Who are these criminals, and why are they desperate for copper?

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  • 10 Uses of the Insanity Defense

    10 Uses of the Insanity Defense

    It's not always easy to convince a jury that someone didn't know right from wrong. Here are 10 of the world's most notable insanity defenses. See more »

  • 10 Weirdest Things Spotted by the TSA

    10 Weirdest Things Spotted by the TSA

    It could happen: As you're rushing to get to the airport, you absentmindedly throw a gassed-up chain saw into your suitcase. Or a bag of live eels. Yes, TSA officials really spotted these items at U.S. airports. And stranger things, too. See more »

  • 10 Whistleblowers and the Horrors They Exposed

    10 Whistleblowers and the Horrors They Exposed

    There are people willing to sneak grimy, dirty classified files and documents from under lock and key and into the disinfecting power of sunlight. Here are 10 people who went public with stories of hidden corruption. See more »

  • 5 September 11 Conspiracy Theories

    5 September 11 Conspiracy Theories

    The confusion and terror following the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center left many searching for answers. Some conspiracy theorists point to conflicting reports and murky political agendas in their alternative versions of the event. See more »

  • Breaking Out: A Dozen Great Escapes

    Breaking Out: A Dozen Great Escapes

    The TV show "Prison Break" is the story of a structural engineer named Michael Scofield who gets himself locked up so that he can help his brother escape death row. Learn about some amazing real-life escapes. See more »

  • Can a felon own a gun in the United States?

    Can a felon own a gun in the United States?

    It's a pretty straightforward question with an obvious answer, right? Well, yes, until you start peering at both federal and state laws. That's when things start to get interesting. See more »

  • Crime and Punishment

    Crime and Punishment

    With each new crime that pops up, another method of detection is developed; and with each new crime that pops up, another means of protecting yourself comes to light. Learn about various crimes and the available means of detection, protection, and punishment. See more »

  • Do countries with stricter gun laws really have less crime or fewer homicides?

    Do countries with stricter gun laws really have less crime or fewer homicides?

    Ask a card-carrying member of the NRA and you'll get one answer. Ask a participant in the Million Mom March and you'll get another. Ask us and you'll get the research that underlies this controversial topic. See more »

  • Do people in prison really make toilet wine?

    Do people in prison really make toilet wine?

    When most people think of the words "wine" and "toilet," they're probably not thinking about a fermentation strategy. But as countless prisoners over the years have discovered, when it comes to alcohol, if there's a will, there's a way. See more »

  • Do some people get called for jury duty more than others?

    Do some people get called for jury duty more than others?

    Ever wonder why you've been called for jury duty four times while your friend has never got a summons? Are you on some secret list of the "ready and available"? We'll give you the scoop. See more »

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