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The study of criminal behavior in both the individual and within a given society.

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Do Americans in Russia typically get sentenced to nine years in prison for offenses that local Russians typically get only a one year sentence?

Trevor Reed says that is the case, but he only offers a sample of two Americans (himself and Griner). He says that Russians would "usually receive a year, two years maybe" for the same ...
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Are women 8 times more likely to be murdered after being (non-lethally) strangled by their partner?

Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention - makes the claim: A woman who has suffered a nonfatal strangulation incident with her intimate partner is 750% more likely to be killed by the same ...
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What are the actual current total count and per capita count of interracial rape? [duplicate]

There are many pictures floating over the internet which says Black on White rape is so much more than White on Black rape. How true is this? Is this true even now? Source: https://bjs.ojp.gov/...
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Did UK police agree to drop sex-offense charges in exchange for an apology?

In the United Kingdom, Community Resolution Orders give the police the powers to deal with minor offences in which the offender pleads guilty and agrees to reparations, without using the court systems ...
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Did two crisis actors both claim to be the father of the same child killed in the Uvalde, Texas shooting?

A friend-of-a-friend posted a BitChute video on my friend's Facebook wall: Two crisis actor "fathers" share the same daughter in Uvalde, Texas The description states: NBC and CNN interview ...
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Has there ever been a burglary or assault from someone keeping an old key and using it on new owners?

It's "common knowledge" that you should change keys on move-in. Usually this is suggested to avoid burglary (or for Googlers and more casual conversation, "robbery"). But has ...
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To what extent does the reported phenomenon of needle spiking in nightclubs and bars exist?

There have been widespread reports in the UK of "needle spiking," where a person, usually a woman, claims to have been jabbed with something in a bar. This has received increasing attention, ...
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Is the number of "ghost guns" in the US increasing?

The White House and media have recently claimed the following: Law enforcement officers across the country increasingly find there is no way to trace certain guns they recover from crime scenes. [...
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Have about 170 million people been killed in the name of Allah?

In a question recently asked on the Christianity site, namely, Why don’t Christians accept Muhammad as the true prophet?, an answer quoted this article: “Beware of false prophets who … inwardly are ...
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Does too much artificial lighting result in increased crime and safety problems?

According to a Washington Post article, Nebraska's tourism board is applying for dark sky certification for the Merritt Reservoir State Recreation Area. As part of their application, they are ...
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Is it possible to get a reliable match from 'microscopic hair analysis'?

In her 1999 memoir, 'Lucky', Alice Sebold describes being raped and the arrest and conviction of the male perpetrator, which took place in 1981-1982. Several months after she was raped, a man passed ...
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Is poverty the strongest cause of crime? [closed]

TLDR: Is crime the most important cause of crime? A common claim, as far as I have seen never sourced in any meaningful way, is that poverty constitutes the strongest or in other ways most relevant ...
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Are more serial killers born in November than in any other month?

There are several internet pages that claim that the number of serial killers born in November is particularly high. For example, this article lists eleven murderers born in November and quotes a ...
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Did Wild West outlaws regularly wear face masks?

An article ("Westerners used to wear masks" by Andrew Gulliford, June 13, 2020) in The Journal of Cortez, Colorado, claims that it was a regular practice of bandits in the "Wild West&...
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Do the murder statistics of 5 cities bring the USA to the 3rd highest country, from 189th? [closed]

I'd like to know if the claims about murders are accurate. The "3rd in murders" is clearly referring to absolute deaths by murder, as it can be seen here, USA holds the 96th position for ...
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Did Abner Schoenwetter spend 6.5 years in jail because he used plastic bags instead of cardboard boxes when importing lobsters from Honduras?

Forbes states that: Abner Schoenwetter was importing seafood to sell to U.S. restaurants for over 12 years from Honduras. Those shipments were overseen by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ...
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Was a Canadian father jailed for referring to his trans son as his daughter?

A recent PostMilennial article claims: After the hearing, Hoogland gave an interview to The Federalist saying that people cannot change sex, and that mega-doses of exogenous testosterone would damage ...
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Were senior officals who outran their executioners pardoned in the Ottoman Empire?

According to various sources, in the Ottoman Empire, when a senior official was given a death sentence, he'd race with his executioner. If he were to win the race, the death sentence would be commuted,...
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Did Vera Renczi (“the Black Widow”), a female serial killer, exist?

Wikipedia describes Vera Renczi (a.k.a. Black Widow or Chatelaine of Berkerekul) as a Romanian serial killer who allegedly confessed to poisoning 35 individuals including her two husbands, multiple ...
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Were the vast majority of people on the National Sex Offender Registry children when they committed their crime?

In "Planet America extra podcast (PEP)" 25 Sep (At 1 hour 27 minutes) Dr David Smith made the following claim: "The national sex offender registry is a disaster in all kinds of respects,...
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Is availability of video pornography a main reason of sexual crimes in developing and under-developing countries? [closed]

I think it is easiest to google search for a porn video than any other thing. What I notice is that whenever a sexual criminal is caught and when Police search for his belongings, almost every time ...
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Are children of incarcerated parents much more likely to become incarcerated?

This 2017 article from the journal of the US's National Institute of Justice states: One statistic indicates that children of incarcerated parents are, on average, six times more likely to become ...
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Is the chance of solving a murder cut in half if they don't find a lead within the first 48 hours?

For homicide detectives, the clock starts ticking the moment they are called. Their chance of solving a murder is cut in half if they don't get a lead within the first 48 hours. This was the lead in ...
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Do mass shooters tend to have been bullied as kids?

(Originally posted on Psychology.SE, it has been suggested that I post here instead) The media frequently claims that mass shooters are or were bullied as children. Does the scientific evidence back ...
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Can 1 in 1,000 black men expect to be killed over the course of their lifetime by the police?

In Last Week Tonight of June 8th, 2020, John Oliver mentions that 1 in 1,000 black men can expect to be killed by the police. At 5:05 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wf4cea5oObY I have tracked the ...
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Did Jeffry Epstein kill himself? [closed]

Barbara Sampson, the New York City's Chief Medical Examiner, ruled that Epstein's death was a suicide by hanging. Given the broken bones found in Epstein's neck, and the plethora of circumstantial ...
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How prevalent is the use of drugs (other than alcohol) to spike food/drinks?

A few years ago, I worked in nightclub security. During my training course,* the instructor told us that it was common for people to come up and claim that they had been spiked with something, but ...
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Is John Durham handling all referrals from the IG investigation?

Jerry Dunleavy said this on Wednesday in the Washington Examiner: Durham’s investigation is separate from the one that was just finished by DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz. The DOJ watchdog ...
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Did the 1994 US crime bill "bring down crime"?

In 1994, the US federal government adopted the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act (signed into law Sept. 13, 1994). Ben Shapiro, host of the 'Daily Wire' podcast on YouTube, referred to it ...
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Do any people in South Africa traditionally spend two days together praising wrong-doers to help them?

I have seen variations on the following meme posted by many of my friends on Facebook: https://me.me/i/ubuntu-in-certain-regions-of-south-africa-when-someone-does-4931579 In certain regions of ...
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Have 82 officers been charged for on-duty shootings since 2005?

Multiple news sources ranging from 2 years ago to now, such as CNN, NBC, New York Magazine, PBS, Salon, Vox, and NPR mention that between 2005 and May 2017, around 80 police officers have been charged ...
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Were more Americans fatally shot by March this calendar year than died during DDay as the Washington post claimed?

As above - seems either scary or unlikely? Is this claim accurate? Washington Post: More Americans were shot to death by March 6 this year than died on D-Day From the linked article:
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Are individuals with severe mental illness "much more likely" to be victims than perpetrators of violence?

From an NPR article discussing whether planning a shooting breaks the law: Advocates often bristle when people lump mental health into conversations about mass shooters. They argue that individuals ...
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Does USA imprison people of color at a higher rate than whites for the same crime convictions?

The Ben & Jerry's website says: America locks people up at a higher rate than any other country, and bias is baked right in. If you’re a person of color or struggling to make ends meet, you’re ...
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Did the Houston Police Department intentionally target the house on Harding Street?

In this video by News Now Houston an investigative reporter suggests that the Houston Police may have raided the wrong location and killed two innocent homeowners (Dennis Tuttle and Rhogena Nicholas) ...
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Did a victim of Weinstein testify in a letter that the acts performed were consensual?

The German newspaper FAZ reports: Die Ankläger erreichte eine schriftliche Stellungnahme der früheren Nachwuchsschauspielerin Lucia Evans. Darin beschrieb Evans den Oralsex mit Weinstein in dessen ...
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Do large groups performing Transcendental Meditation lead to city-wide reductions in crime?

A 1988 paper, Test of a Field Model of Consciousness and Social Change: The Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi Program and Decreased Urban Crime describes some studies of data from the '70s and ...
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On average in the US, is there a mass shooting 9 out of every 10 days?

Reading the New York Times today, I came across this very amusing "tourism video" touting the benefit of visiting/moving to Australia, namely, "You Won't Get Shot". Don’t Get Shot in America. Live in ...
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Have phone scammers recorded "Yes" statements to fraudulently authorise payments?

A number of sources claimed that phone scammers would trick people into saying "Yes" on the phone, record it, and use that to fraudulently authorise payments. Here is a January 2017 Fortune ...
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Are there millions of cases of girls raped by Muslim men in Europe which resulted in only 222 convictions?

Recently I saw a youtube video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLT9JOE64WQ) where the first minute of the video seems to show a British man talking in Parliament where he says that since 2005 there ...
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Are a third of the crimes in Italy committed by migrants?

The Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini is being criticized after numerous racist assaults happened after he introduced his anti-immigration policy: Italian Far Right's Salvini Under Fire After ...
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In USA the foreign-born are only a fifth as likely to be incarcerated as the native-born?

An article in the Economist from last year, arguing for open borders says: If lots of people migrated from war-torn Syria, gangster-plagued Guatemala or chaotic Congo, would they bring mayhem with ...
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In Kentucky, did one man beat up another man after they both bought the same woman's vote?

According to the Washington Post article Selling votes is common type of election fraud: corrupt candidates in Clay County, Ky., once paid $100. But that was probably too much: It attracted one ...
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Are crime rates up by 10% in Germany?

On June 18th and 19th, 2018, the President of the United States, Donald Trump tweeted that the crime rate in Germany has increased: (1) Tweet from June 18th, 2018 (2) Tweet from June 19th, 2018 ...
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Was Tommy Robinson transferred to a prison with a 71% Muslim population?

Paul Joseph Watson claims that Tommy Robinson has been moved to a prison with a predominantly Muslim population. BREAKING: Tommy Robinson has reportedly been moved to a prison with a 71% Muslim ...
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Why do children commit mass murder in their schools? [closed]

There's an opinion piece on Fox News getting a lot of attention. I don't know the author, but in the article he claims that people kill for only three reasons. At least one of these three motives ...
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Are there 2400 bank robberies per year in the US?

At the beginning of the movie Den of Thieves it is stated that: 2400 TIMES A YEAR. 44 TIMES A WEEK. 9 TIMES A DAY. EVERY 48 MINUTES. A BANK IS ROBBED HERE.[sic] Anyway, I don't know whether HERE ...
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Do only 0.6% of rapes lead to incarceration in the US?

According to this website: https://www.rainn.org/statistics/criminal-justice-system, out of every 1000 rapes, 994 perpetrators will walk free Similar percentages are presented for other types of ...
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Are most US mass shooters Democrats?

Are most mass shooters Democrats? This representative said they are. 'So many people that commit mass murders are Democrats': New York congresswoman sparks outrage during discussion on Florida school ...
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Were there 18 school shootings in the US from Jan 1 to Feb 14, 2018?

CBC Radio (Canada) reported earlier this evening that the Florida shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School "was the 18th school shooting in the U.S. since the beginning of 2018.". On its face ...
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