According to a study of Chicago sports viewing habits by researchers at the University of California-Davis, crime rates drop during major televised athletic events. But it’s not clear whether the impact of “entertainment diversion” lasts after the game ends.
Concerns about security at New York City hotels used to shelter homeless families are rising after a report documents criminal activity at more than half the hotels last year. The city now houses more than 30 percent of the nation’s homeless families.
One of Chicago’s largest social service agencies is spearheading a multimillion-dollar effort aimed at offering a part-time job and additional support to men who are driving the city’s epidemic of gun violence. Those most at risk for violence are being offered jobs and are required to attend group therapy.
The nonprofit Indy TenPoint Coalition claims to have boosted a crime decline in some Indianapolis neighborhoods, and its leadership of mostly Democratic black ministers are linking arms with Republican politicians at home and in Washington. But critics want to see documentation that its methods work.
Facial recognition software has been in use for more than a decade. As it gets cheaper, retailers and many smaller police departments are eyeing it as a viable tool for targeting shoplifters; but how will privacy concerns be addressed?
Privacy advocates say California’s Supreme Court justices put citizens’ most personal info at risk when they rejected an appeal last Monday to strike down a law requiring all arrested individuals to provide DNA samples. Supporters of the ruling say concerns about the law, similar to statutes now in effect in 30 states, are overblown.
The current gun debate has focused on background checks for legal firearms purchases. But gun violence is often committed by criminals who obtained their weapons illegally, according to podcasters who talked with youths and with researcher Philip J. Cook of Duke University about Chicago’s flourishing underground gun market.