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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.

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The Twisted Tale of a Racist Law Still on the Books

The Mann Act was passed in 1910 and even though it's been used legitimately, it's also been abused to nab men of color like Jack Johnson and Chuck Berry.

Defining 'Suspicious Behavior' Without Bias Is Harder Than You Think

High-profile cases over the past few years have shown the benefits — and pitfalls — of asking the public to report any suspicious activities they notice to the police. When does that tip over into racial or ethnic bias?

How Drug Courts Work

Drug courts have changed the lives of the thousands of people who've "graduated" through the program. But how exactly do the judges, rehab facilities and counselors facilitate these courts, and do they deter repeat offenders?

Slavery is Alive and Booming Worldwide

If you thought slavery ended with the ratification of the 13th amendment, think again. Slavery is flourishing across the globe.

How Well Has Strict Gun Control Worked in Australia?

Australia hasn't had a mass shooting in 22 years; the U.S. has had dozens during that same time.

Why Do Mass Shootings Keep Happening in U.S. Schools?

Is there something about American suburban high school culture that makes it fertile ground for school shootings? One researcher says 'yes.'

Was the Wrong Person Convicted in the Atlanta Child Murders?

Wayne Williams is serving a life sentence for killing dozens of black kids in Atlanta between 1979 and 1981. But some say he didn't do it and evidence of his innocence was covered up.

Beyond Arsenic: 6 Weird Poisons Used Throughout History

Arsenic? Been there, done that! These six other poisons should delight you murder nerds and obscurists out there.

How the Manson Family Murders Worked

Charles Manson and his family have captivated the world since their murderous spree in the late '60s. What is it about this cult leader that made him so mesmerizing?

When Is — and Isn't — Crime Considered Terrorism?

The struggle to define which crimes are considered terrorism — and which are not — isn't easy.

Hotel Security Experts Warn About Learning the Wrong Lessons in Wake of Las Vegas Shooting

Hotel security in the U.S. today seems to be where airport security was before 9/11. Will it change after the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history?

5 Ways to Stay Safe in a Mass Shooting

We don't expect to ever be in a mass shooting. But by assuming the worst can happen, one expert says, we take the first step toward being prepared.

Likelihood Kids Will Be Injured by Guns Depends on Where They Live

Three new studies highlight the regional differences in gun injuries and deaths among young children and teens.

Codes and a Corpse: The Somerton Beach Man Mystery Persists

The Somerton Beach man mystery has baffled authorities and mystery buffs for decades. Will we ever know who he was or how he died?

How the U.S. Secret Service Works

While most people think of the Secret Service's only job as protecting the president, its first mission was combating counterfeiting. How does it balance the two?

Hunting Serial Killers Who Vanish

To hunt serial killers you have to understand them, and that's not always an easy task for investigators.

How Did Elisa Lam End Up Dead in a Hotel Water Tank?

Canadian student Elisa Lam went missing in 2013 and the mystery surrounding her death captured national attention. So what really happened to this 21-year-old?

Women Have Been Vanishing for Decades on Canada's Highway of Tears

Who has been kidnapping and killing the indigenous women along Highway 16 in British Columbia?

Why Are Mandatory Minimum Sentences Popular Again?

Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants to reinstate mandatory minimum prison sentences. But do they really deter future criminals, or do they proportionately affect certain groups instead?

Study Pinpoints Best Strategy to Address Past Crimes in a Job Interview

A new study examines how former offenders should — and should not — speak about a history of incarceration.

Can the Government Access Data on Electronic Devices in Checked Luggage?

The TSA can open your checked bags at an airport. But how deep can they dig into electronic devices they find inside?

How Solitary Confinement Works

The U.S. has thousands of prisoners in solitary confinement. But experts are now saying it does more harm than good.

Gun Violence Spreads Through Social Networks Like an Epidemic, Study Shows

According to new research, shootings pass from person to person like a contagious disease.

A Fire Hose May Stop a Riot. A Water Cannon Will

Should you ever find yourself in the middle of a protest, you're going to want to avoid being targeted by one of these 'less-lethal' weapons.

10 of the World's Most Prolific Serial Killers

Some serial killers have murdered more than 100 people. Who are these people, and why did they do it?

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