December 21, 2010

New BJS Study: U.S. Prison - Probation - Parole Population Drops in 2009

A recently released U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics Study presents data on the number of adults under some form of correctional supervision at the end of the year 2009. The Report discussing the Study was released on December 21, 2010; it is part of the Correctional Population of the United States Series, published annually. For more information see the Bureau of Justice Statistics Press Release accompanying the Report For additional information including links to accompanying spread sheet data click here.

October 21, 2010

Crime Related Story Ideas*

October 20, 2010

October 20, 2010
Computer Expert Pleads Guilty to Hacker Stock Scheme (Bloomberg)
An Arizona computer specialist who did time in prison for his role in
an Internet stock-fraud scheme pleaded guilty in New Jersey today to a
similar scam.

October 20, 2010
Cop acquitted of assaulting his judge-girlfriend (Philadelphia
The Oct. 17, 2009, altercation between Judge Leslie Fleisher and
paramour Lewis B. Palmer III left her with a cut scalp and scrapes and
bruises. But whatever transpired that night in her Society Hill
townhouse - her version, his version, or a mix of the two - did not
amount to criminal assault, a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury ruled

October 18, 2010
DUIs involving prescription drugs difficult to prove - USA Today
As illegal prescription drug use soars, the number of cases of driving
under the influence in which the substance is a prescription drug rather
than alcohol is rising steadily, authorities say. But prosecuting and
obtaining convictions against suspects charged with DUI involving
prescription drugs can be a challenge.

October 20, 2010
Vt. police charge motorist with texting, DUI
Vermont State Police say a 49-year-old woman is facing charges of
texting while driving and driving under the influence following a crash
on Interstate 89 in Richmond.
*We are grateful to the Justia Blog Support Team for identifying and submitting the above story ideas for consideration.

October 21, 2010

Social Media are Affecting the Way We Hear About Death: Police Grapple With Issue

On social media bad news spreads quickly.

When off-duty Baltimore Police Detective Brian Stevenson was killed Saturday night after being struck in the head by a piece of concrete, word spread quickly through police circles and spilled onto Facebook, where the officer's young daughter learned of his death before relatives could break it to her in person.

See complete article by Justin Fenton in the October 20, Baltimore Sun.