Any system by which some members of society act in an organized manner to promote adherence to the law by discovering and punishing persons who violate the rules and norms governing that society.

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Is refusing to decrypt data for the police illegal in England and Wales?

I've been recently downloading PuTTY from the official page and I have noticed a message stating: LEGAL WARNING: Use of PuTTY, PSCP, PSFTP and Plink is illegal in countries where encryption is ...
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Is “Laying Low for Awhile” an Effective Tactic in Avoiding Felony Questioning?

It's a common trope in movies that after someone performs a felony (even murder), if one "lays low for awhile" the case will more or less fade away. Putting aside the obvious advantage that ...
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Was there an unsuccessful raid by a SWAT team on the CyberBunker?

According to CyberBunker, a Dutch Police SWAT team attempted a raid on their property but were so unsuccessful in gaining entry that staff didn't even notice the attempts until they reviewed the ...
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Is there a connection between the declination of a last meal and whether or not a person’s guilt has been posthumously disputed and challenged?

The documentary Last Supper (IMDb / full video on Vimeo) by Mats Bigert, and Lars Bergstrom released in 2005 suggests that there is a connection between the declination of a last meal and whether or ...
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Is gratuitous farm animal abuse condoned by the USDA?

I recently watched the short film "From Farm To Fridge." (It contains video footage of farm animals being abused and killed.) Obviously the video makes an emotional appeal more so than a purely ...
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Are SWATs in the US mostly used for serving marijuana warrants?

I've seen following claims made by pro-legalization lobby: SWATs are used more often for drug warrants than to deal with any violent crimes most of these warrants are for marijuana significant ...
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Do longer yellow lights increase traffic hazards?

CBS SF Bay Area published an article about the debate surrounding CA Assembly Bill 612, which would increase the duration of yellow signals for intersections with red-light cameras. An opponent of ...
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Have the USDA bullied (allegedly criminal) raisin-marketers?

I wanted some insight on this article, as I have not been to this website before and the claims seem over the top to me. 64-year-old federal raisin-marketing program that can require raisin ...
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Does Hamas execute drug offenders?

A CNN VICE documentary claims: We visited Gaza's central prison, where drug users and drug smugglers alike are locked in a communal cell, their sentences ranging anywhere from one month, to death ...
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Who killed Martin Luther King Jr?

Nearly 45 years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. was assissinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis Tennessee. James Earl Ray, a fugitive on the run, was arrested in London and extradited to Tennessee. He ...
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Police tip lines, are they huge source of false reports?

In police procedurals media coverage and rewards are often depicted as resulting in a huge number of false reports. Often depicting hundreds or in extreme cases thousands of false tips. Do any ...
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Is the judicial system biased against men?

We often hear the claim that men are treated unfairly in relation to women by the Judicial System. One example of the claim can be found here. The article claims that: Women shoplifters were ...
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Did a man get sentenced to 18 months in prison for accidentally texting a sexually explicit message to his complete address book?

The following article claims that a man in England was sentenced to 18 months in jail for mistakenly blasting on his complete address book using Blackberry Messenger Service a sexually explicit text ...
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Can a trained human eye catch microexpressions?

Microexpressions were validated in this question: Do involuntary "microexpressions" betray liars? But can a human eye (as opposed to a frame by frame analysis of a high-speed video) detect ...
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Has anyone innocent ever been arrested because of contraband that was planted in their luggage?

There is a question on travel.SE asking what to do if some culprit planted contraband in your luggage. There are some links provided to cases where this is suspected to have happened. Being able to ...
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Do police have easy access to building plans?

This is a movie and police-procedural TV-show cliche that we all know: The police captain (or insert-your-favourite-law-enforcement-officer) realises he (I can't recall it ever being a she.) has a ...
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Are black cars more likely to be stopped by police than white cars?

I'm buying a new car, and I've heard that black cars appear more menacing and receive a proportinaly higher amount of stops from police, with white receiving the least. Is there any truth to this?
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Are Police and Army training made tough to ensure that the personnel learn to follow orders?

Army and police training are physically daunting tasks; everyone knows that. One particular reason is to make the trainees physically strong and fit. But, on more than one occasion, I have heard ...
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How often do law enforcement authorities commandeer civilian transportation?

You've seen the movies: the cop-action-hero's car blows up and he is forced to bust out his gun and his badge and commandeer a civilian's vehicle for transportation. How often does this actually ...
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Does addressing the issues focused on by the Broken Windows theory have a measurable impact on crime?

These are excerpts from what could be considered the source for the Broken Windows theory (emphasis added): [A]t the community level, disorder and crime are usually inextricably linked, in a kind ...
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You have the right to one phone call when arrested - A Hollywood myth?

(Image Source) According to Cracked.com the "one phone call" rule is a Hollywood invention. They base this on the information this attorney gives: The one phone call is another one of the ...
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How accurate are fingerprints at identifying somebody?

In the movies, fingerprints identification always works, with no mistakes. How close is this to reality?
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Profiling in criminal cases

Criminal profiling is very popular in fictional crime shows, but also used in reality. A profiler uses the known data about the case to create a profile of the person that commited the crime. This ...