New Orleans police official Shaun Ferguson gave women a blunt warning after a spate of carjackings and armed robberies. He says women in his city shouldn’t be out alone at night and if they are threatened in their vehicles, they should move to a “safe haven.”
Sociologist Gema Santamaría says vigilante murders are a relatively new development, adding that “public approval of the justiciero [avenger] has to do with the deep discontent over how the justice system and security services work in Mexico.”
Columbus, Ga., court fined Cleopatra Harrison for not pressing charges against her boyfriend, for choking her. The policy “sounds like something out of the nineteenth century,” says her attorney, Sarah Geraghty.
The move reflects a recognition that people who bear the brunt of serious crime may be the least likely to get help. “Our outreach is going to include people who haven’t always felt that there are victim services available to them,” says deputy police commissioner Susan Herman.
Restorative justice began as an official program in Colorado two years ago. Ten cases have proceeded so far. they require both a victim request and a willing offender. Every offender has agreed to take part.
Maryland is revising its procedures after a crime victim was told a murderer had been released when he actually had died. Victims get such notifications through a system called VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday).
A potentially controversial new program, announced by Together for Children, a coalition of government, law enforcement, business and nonprofits, will refer 2,000 at-risk students to extra support services in the hope of preventing them from becoming victims.
Minnesota abduction in 1989 was driving force behind national sex offender databases. Search for Jacob, then 11, ended in same county where it began; it’s not clear why suspect provided information now.