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Questions tagged [criminology]

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

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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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Has Trump's administration been making more human trafficking arrests than the Obama administration?

I come across this image below circulation on the internet. The image is comparing the human trafficking arrests during Trump's and Obama's administrations. Are these figures true?
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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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Was the USA colonized by criminals?

There are some places on the Internet that claim that The American were (at least at the start) colonized by criminals and unwanted populations: Answerbag.com: North America was first colonized ...
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In the US, are illegal immigrants more likely to commit crimes?

Trump has claimed numerous times that part of the reason we need to close the border is that the illegal immigrants are prone to crimes. I want to check these claims. Are illegal immigrants more ...
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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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There isn't "a single case - not one - in which it is clear that a person was executed for a crime he did not commit.”

While reading about recent evidence that casts strong doubt on whether Cameron Todd Willingham, who was executed in Texas in 2004, was actually guilty I ran across the following statement in the ...
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Was there a spike in hate crimes after the Brexit referendum?

Was there a spike in hate crimes after the Brexit referendum? Example claim: 'Horrible spike' in hate crime linked to Brexit vote, Met police say A “horrible spike” in hate crime after Britain’s ...
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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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Was a 15-year-old teen sentenced to 15 years because he took 5 seconds to stop intercourse with an 18-year-old?

This story has been floating around in image form. Is it as ludicrous as it is presented, or are there nuanced facts being left out? Did it even happen? The 18-year-old woman (“J.L.”) had sex in ...
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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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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 magazine ...
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Are electric chairs powered by generators connected to the mains in the same building?

There's an episode in The Green Mile movie where the death row servicemen rehearse the upcoming execution that is done using an electric chair. One of them says (quoted from here): Roll on one. [...
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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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Did the victim of neo-Nazi violence as reported in Pink News die?

From Pink News: The gay teenager who was kidnapped and tortured by Russian neo-Nazis has died from his injuries it has been claimed [by Spectrum Human Rights]. ... PinkNews is unable to verify ...
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Does banning fictional portrayal of child abuse reduce actual child abuse?

The United Kingdom's Coroners and Justice Act 2009 (part 2, chapter 2) makes possession of images portraying fictional child abuse punishable by law. Wikipedia has a summary, but here's a snip from ...
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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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Are black Americans responsible for more than 50% of homicides?

I have read comments and articles (an example) that claim that blacks are responsible for more than 50% of all homicides in the United States of America. How credible is this claim?
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Is the novel “Sleepers” a true account?

Sleepers is a novel about four boys who are sexually abused at a school for boys, and later exact revenge on their tormentors. It was made into a film starring Kevin Bacon, Brad Pitt, and Robert De ...
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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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Are most US mass shooters Democrats?

Are most mass shooters Democrats? This representative said they are. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5420171/Republican-congresswoman-Many-mass-murderers-Democrats.html 'Yeah, well, ...
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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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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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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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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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Can you put a gag in someone's mouth to prevent them from talking?

I don't get this, I see it on crime TV programs a lot, they stuff a cloth in the mouth of someone so they can't scream/shout for help. I put a sock in my mouth once, it was pretty easy to push it out ...
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Is there a correlation between mass-murder and use of psychoactive prescription drugs such as SSRIs?

It seems to be a commonly-held belief that there is a strong correlation between the use of prescription drugs such as SSRIs and mass-shooters. For instance, this claim: Every mass shooting over ...
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Has the marijuana black market in Colorado increased since the state repealed its state laws prohibiting it?

Jeff Hunt, the Vice President of Public Policy at Colorado Christian University, wrote in a recent opinion piece in USA Today: In the years since, Colorado has seen an increase in marijuana related ...
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Did violent gun crime rates rise in Australia after the 1996 gun control laws?

In 1996 Australia passed the National Firearms Agreement (NFA) which greatly restricted the option to legally own some types of guns by private citizens. The activist site, World Public Union claims ...
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Did OJ Simpson murder his ex wife and Ron Goldman? [closed]

Many people believe that OJ murdered his wife and Ron Goldman. He was found not guilty in criminal court but later found liable for their deaths in civil court, based on newer evidence that wasn't ...
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Is there a high chance of being raped in US prisons?

If there is anything one takes away about US prisons from television and movies, it is that there is a really high chance of you getting raped in the shower or in some other dark place. Now, I don't ...
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Are 30% of U.S. prisoners deaf or hard of hearing?

This article by a former corrections officer begins An estimated 30 percent of offenders are deaf or hard of hearing, often referred to as the "invisible disability." I find this super surprising, ...
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Are Americans besieged by high-crime immigrant communities? [closed]

President Trump's senior policy advisor Stephen Miller just said this in an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper: The people that you don't connect with and understand, the people whose manufacturing ...
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Is this document describing pedophile logos an authentic FBI document?

This WFTV report references an FBI document: A symbol purportedly called the "GirlLover logo" found on FBI documents from 2007 looks similar to the symbol O’Kelly found on the toy she bought. ...
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Are “burglar codes” used to target homes for crime?

There is a common trope which has been going round for years that there are a series of chalk-marks used by burglars to indicate possible targets. There have been multiple news stories about this ...
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Do murderers tend to return to the scene of the crime?

It is commonly heard that murderers (or other criminals) "always return to the scene of the crime". Well, that's certainly false for all murderers. However, it is suggested that murderers do have a ...
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Are white people more likely to commit mass murder in the United States?

There have been several claims in the media that white men are more likely to commit mass murders. I've seen rather strong evidence that the vast majority of these crimes are committed by men, so I ...
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“White people” crime? [duplicate]

In US popular culture, it's often asserted that white people are more prone to commit certain types of crime that are "crazy", such as serial murder, child abduction, mass shooting, etc. This is ...
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Is Mexico one of the “highest crime Nations in the world”?

Recently, an often-shared tweet claimed: With Mexico being one of the highest crime Nations in the world, we must have THE WALL. Mexico will pay for it through reimbursement/other. I have a bit of ...
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Is this “whites killed by whites” diagram wrong?

I found the following diagram on twitter: (Sorry for not giving the source: I don't know how to link there.) The diagram gives the impression that if you're a white person (in USA), then you're ...
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Did Russian Hackers beat slot machines with an app?

Russian Hackers made up to $250.000.- per Weekend, by using an app to tell them when to pull a trigger. ...custom app on the operative’s phone; those markers cause the handset to vibrate roughly ...
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Can music incite murder?

From a deleted 700 Club interview archived on the internet archive at http://web.archive.org/web/20000122101421/http://www.cbn.org/the700club/johannamichaelsen.asp Johanna says you can trace ...
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Do Roma people make up 60% of the Czech prisoners?

There is a common belief in Czech society that most of the prisoners in Czech Republic are Roma people. Wikipedia backs it up with a vague reference to a book from 1998: According to Říčan (1998), ...
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Did a thief think he could conceal his identity from security cameras by putting lemon juice on his face?

McArthur Wheeler, a man who robbed two banks after covering his face with lemon juice in the mistaken belief that, because lemon juice is usable as invisible ink, it would prevent his face from being ...
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Do American sanctuary cities breed crime?

Sean Spicer gave a press conference recently in which he gave the distinct impression that sanctuary cities have more crime than other cities because of their sanctuary status. President Trump said ...
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Does the death penalty in California cost more than $300m per execution?

In the talk show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, John Oliver was arguing against the death penalty and showed the following image claiming that the death penalty cost more than $300m per execution ...
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Did an Austrian court require a child to prove that they did not consent to rape?

The Sun's headline says: SHOCK RULING Outrage as Iraqi migrant who raped boy, 10, in ‘sexual emergency’ at swimming pool has conviction OVERTURNED because court couldn’t prove the child said ‘no’ ...