Crime

Does Poverty Create Psychopathic Behavior? No, But Family Instability Appears To

"Children in poor families tend to have better outcomes than children raised in foster homes, as I noted in a piece for Psychology Today. This is striking because when it comes to important outcomes like graduation rates, drug use, future earnings, and criminal behavior, much of our focus is on economic factors." - IFS

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Leniency vs. mercy in Oregon’s juvenile justice system

"'When basic long-term needs are not being met—food, shelter, safety, nurturing, etc.—young people will begin to think only short-term,' Kelly said, adding that Christians 'need to advocate for a proportional response that balances society’s need for accountability with restoration, forgiveness, and most of all, genuine understanding.'" - WORLD

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Should We Abolish All Prisons?

"Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez successfully grabbed another headline last week by tweeting that Americans should have a 'real conversation' about abolishing prisons. Though she did later walk back this bone-toss to her far-left supporters, the prison abolition movement isn’t as niche as you’d think." - Breakpoint

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Our database of police officers who shoot citizens reveals who’s most likely to shoot

"If fatal shootings of minority civilians are due to bias by white officers, we would expect that when white officers are involved in a fatal shooting, the person fatally shot would be more likely to be black or Hispanic. This is not what we found." - The Conversation

(HT: Intellectual Takeout)

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C.S. Lewis on how the humanitarian theory of punishment threatens liberty

"[A]s C.S. Lewis argues in this essay, the humanitarian theory of punishment deprives a person of the 'rights of a human being.' And when deterrence is the sole goal of the system then even the punishment of the innocent is warranted since it can have a deterrent effect." - Acton

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