Crime & Crime Prevention

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Why Is It So Hard for the Innocent to Be Freed From Prison?

It takes a lot of legal maneuvering to free an innocent person from prison. And that takes a lot of money. That's why the Innocence Project is so critical to help free the wrongly convicted.

Racketeering Isn't Just a Crime for Mobsters

Racketeering didn't exist as a crime before 1970. So what is it and why was the Mafia instrumental in its creation?

What Was So Lucky About Mafia Boss Charles 'Lucky' Luciano?

The gangster most known for facilitating the creation of the modern American Mafia was the head of organized crime in New York City in the 1930s. But the U.S. government asked for his help during World War II.

5 Things to Know Before You Shoot Video of a Possible Crime

Recording a video that could potentially become evidence in a criminal case can make your life very complicated. So what do you need to consider before you pull out your phone?

Money, Drugs and Madness: The Life and Death of Pablo Escobar

The brutal Colombian drug lord was a millionaire in his 20s but died in a hail of gunfire the day after his 44th birthday.

How to Protect Your Packages From Porch Pirates

During the holiday season, chances are you'll get several packages mailed to your house. Are you worried about package theft? We've got some tips to derail porch pirates.

Arrested Development Rapper Speech Helps Rehab Prisoners Through Music

A new documentary by director Sam Bathrick follows rapper Todd "Speech" Thomas of Arrested Development as he works with inmates in a Virginia jail to create music and change lives.

Take a Stab at Our American Gangsters Quiz

They may have been hard-bitten crooks, but when John Dillinger, Arthur Barker and "Pretty Boy" Floyd were at large, ordinary citizens loved to follow their exploits. Find out what you know about these and other gangsters with our quiz.

Can Red Flag Laws Help Prevent Mass Killings?

Red flag laws allow police to seize the firearms of a person who is viewed as a potential threat to commit a violent act, without charging them with a crime. But how often do they prevent mass killings?

How Young Is Too Young to Be Arrested?

There's a huge police presence in the U.S. school systems today. But has that presence allowed educators to push off their management of school misconduct to the cops?

The Ambush and Death of Gangster John Dillinger

Dillinger was named Public Enemy No. 1 by the FBI, but, in the end, it was a woman who set him up and brought him down.

Jeffrey Epstein's Death Highlights the High Rate of Suicide In U.S. Jails

The suicide rate in American jails is triple that of the general population. It comes down to something called "the shock of confinement." What is that and how can suicides be prevented in jails?

Who Watches Neighborhood Watch Programs?

The National Neighborhood Watch Program was originally established in 1972 as a local response to neighborhood crime. How has the idea evolved over time?

6 Famous Literary Forgeries and How They Were Discovered

Forgery is one of the most difficult crimes to successfully carry off. But these six sure tried. What tripped them up?

Prison Food Is Way Worse Than You'd Expect

The food we're feeding those incarcerated in the U.S. prison system is not only bad for their health, but it's also bad for John Q. Taxpayer's wallet.

Nearly Half of All Americans Have a Family Member Who's Been Jailed

A new groundbreaking study shows how widespread incarceration in the U.S. really is.

Why Did the Harts Deliberately Drive Their Family Over a Cliff?

A new serial podcast delves into the tragic deaths of at least six members of the Hart family, whose SUV was driven off a cliff in California in early 2018.

How to Safely and Anonymously Report Sexual Assault

One out of every six American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape, and many are afraid to or don't know how to report it.

What's It Like to Have a Serial Killer for a Dad?

Melissa Moore struggles to reconcile the normal experiences of growing up with her father, Keith Hunter Jesperson, with the realization that he was also the Happy Face serial killer. And she wonders if being a psychopath could be hereditary.

Burke and Hare: Murderers for Money and Science

William Burke and William Hare cut out the middleman in the early 19th-century Scottish grave-robbing game.

Why Do Ordinary People Commit Acts of Espionage?

Political ideology serves as a motivator for some people to commit espionage, but it's not the only factor at play when someone decides to spy.

What to Do If a Loved One Goes Missing

In the vast majority of cases, a child, parent, spouse or friend who goes missing returns home unharmed. But if they don't, would you know what to do first?

What Should You Do If There's an Active Shooter in the Office?

An active shooter situation at work may not be common, but you should really know how you'd handle it before it happens.

Do Psychics Ever Really Break the Case?

Psychics often try to help police solve crimes, but how many times are they really successful?

What Is MS-13 and Why Is It So Scary?

President Donald Trump says if the U.S. just deports members of the MS-13 gang, the country will be much safer. But is it really that simple?