crime

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Marcie Sillman talks with Northeastern University criminologist James Alan Fox about crime data and why we are so quick to search for a trend in the midst of tragedy.

How The Media Can Help Prevent Mass Shootings

Jun 10, 2014
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Forensic psychologist Dr. Park Dietz worries the media has encouraged copycats of mass shootings. Recently, there have been two college shootings in as many weeks.

“The longer we continue the coverage, the more colorful, emotionally-arousing and biographical about the shooter that coverage is, the more imitators we’ll attract,” Dietz told KUOW’s Marcie Sillman on The Record. Sillman spoke with Dietz on Friday, the day after a shooting at Seattle Pacific University left one dead and three wounded.

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Marcie Sillman talks with Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about competing gun ballot initiatives in Washington in light of the recent Seattle Pacific University shooting.

Stevan Dozier's crimes were violent purse snatchings. The final time, he hit his 69-year old victim in the face, knocked her to the ground and stole her wallet. As a result, Dozier was one of the first to be sentenced under the voter-approved "three strikes" law back in 1994.

Marcie Sillman talks to Greg Crane, president and founder of ALICE: Alert Lockdown Inform Counter Evacuate. He explains what he believes are the best practices are for responding to an active shooting situation.

In journalism school, student reporters learn to never, ever, ever name suspects until they have been charged in court.

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On Thursday afternoon, Daniel Martin received the text that every university president dreads: His campus was on lockdown. There was a gunman.

Courtesy Jillian Smith

Updated 9:20 p.m. PT:

One person was killed and three others were wounded on Thursday afternoon when a lone suspect entered a classroom building at Seattle Pacific University and opened fire with a shotgun, according to police officials.

The effects of a sexual assault can be long-lasting, but the medical bills aren't supposed to be.

Yet a study published recently finds that despite federal efforts to lift that burden from rape victims, a hodgepodge of state rules mean some victims may still be charged for medical services related to rape, including prevention and treatment of pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections.

The U.S. has devoted billions of dollars to fighting terrorism overseas in the years since the Sept. 11 attacks.

The Justice Department is increasingly warning about the danger posed by radicals on American soil, and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder wants prosecutors and FBI agents to devote more attention to the threat.

Nearly two decades ago, after the Oklahoma City bombing killed 168 people, the Justice Department launched a group to fight domestic terrorism.

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Katie Kuffel was losing her nerve.

Fraud investigators in Washington state say they expect to announce a major case of public welfare theft next month.

The 'Thrill And Addiction' Of Seattle Graffiti Artists

May 28, 2014
Courtesy of Skeez

Seattle’s art scene spreads from music to visuals, from studio to street. Two artists that go by the names of Baso Fibonacci and Skeez are living in the shadows of the misunderstood graffiti and street art world. 

“It’s so much of a thrill and an addiction,” Skeez said. “Even back in high school I’d be running around tagging up the hallways and bathrooms at school because it was my human nature to have to do it.”

Can The Promise Of Opportunity Reduce Crime?

May 19, 2014
Robert Crutchfield's book "Get a Job."

Steve Scher talks to UW Sociology professor Robert Crutchfield about the research in his new book ,"Get A Job: Labor Markets, Economic Opportunity, And Crime."

One argument for raising the minimum wage is that better pay will tie a person to the work in a positive way. More pay could give a worker hope that they will be able to  build a better life for themselves and their family. Research shows that  kids will pick up on that hope and be less likely to commit crimes. 

Crutchfield  has worked as a parole agent and a juvenile probation officer. His research focuses on the connections between labor markets, economic opportunity and crime. Basically, he says, a good job reduces crime. 

This week, the four biggest mobile carriers met a voluntary deadline to be ready to allow consumers to text to 911. But don't try that in an emergency just yet.

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