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

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How Street Gangs Work

According to a 2005 report by the Department of Justice, there are at least 21,500 gangs and more than 731,000 active gang members in the United States. Learn how and why street gangs form.


How Manhunts Work

Ever wonder how manhunts work and how law enforcement agencies nab their suspects? Learn how manhunts work at HowStuffWorks. See more »

10 Biggest Manhunts of All Time

What were the biggest manhunts of all time? Learn about the biggest manhunts of all time from HowStuffWorks. See more »

How Firearm Background Checks Work

Do you know how firearms background checks work? Learn how firearms background checks work at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Why are most mass murderers men?

For decades, most mass shootings in America have been carried out by males. Is mass murder a primarily male phenomenon? Find out at HowStuffWorks. See more »

10 Last-minute Stays of Execution

What are cases of last-minute execution stays? Learn more about last-minute stays of execution at HowStuffWorks. See more »

10 Uses of the Insanity Defense

An insanity defense can be difficult to prove. Find out about 10 people who tried to use the insanity plea. See more »

Can a felon own a gun in the United States?

You may have wondered whether a felon can own a gun in the United States. Find out if a felon can own a gun in the U.S. at HowStuffWorks.com. See more »

10 Big Questions in the U.S. Gun Control Debate

The U.S. gun control debate is controversial and multifaceted. Learn about 10 of the big questions in the U.S. gun control debate at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Does news coverage of mass murders lead to more mass murders?

Does news coverage of mass murders lead to more mass murders? Find out whether the media attention killers receive leads to more mass murders. 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? Find out if strict gun control laws help reduce crime and homicide rates. See more »