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Noise and Crime: A Link Too Often Ignored

The failure to enforce municipal noise ordinances can create an environment that encourages lawbreaking, and can sometimes mean that police miss criminal behavior, warns an expert who specializes in the impact of noise on public health.

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Homeless, Mentally Ill and Addicted: The Downward Spiral

An outbreak of hepatitis A in a number of states highlights the vulnerability of individuals suffering from both mental illness and substance abuse. Those most at risk —the homeless and formerly incarcerated—deserve “compassionate, evidence-based solutions,” says a TCR columnist.

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Chasing ‘Monsters’: The Nassar and Sandusky Cases

Larry Nassar, the osteopath convicted of abusing young female gymnasts, has been compared to convicted serial child molester Jerry Sandusky. But an author who believes Sandusky may be innocent rejects the comparison, arguing that critics should focus attention on the widespread use of a therapy that can be misused in the wrong hands—and may have little scientific validity.

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The Lesson of Meek Mill: A Probation System ‘Set Up to Fail’

The Philadelphia rapper sent back to prison over a technical violation of his probation terms is just another example of how the resource-strained community supervision system sets former inmates—the majority of them young men of color- up for failure, writes a University of Minnesota professor.

Algorithms and Justice: Scrapping the ‘Black Box’

Secret proprietary algorithms used to make decisions on bail, sentencing and parole make our justice system less accountable, according to a Duke University professor. She proved software engineers could create simpler risk assessment tools that were more transparent, but just as accurate, by working with colleagues to create one.

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‘Shadow’ Trade in Child Sex Dolls Should be Banned, Say Profs

A flourishing transnational industry that markets anatomically correct toys and robots currently operates with little official vigilance. Two John Jay College professors warn that U.S. legislators are ignoring a trade that encourages pedophile behavior.