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How Seattle Police Busted a Tech-Savvy Sex Ring

A police investigation uncovered a secretive network of male customers, many of whom worked in computer technology fields and were comfortable using those skills to arrange–and rate–sexual rendezvous. “The internet has greased the wheels on illegal sexual exploitation,” said one prosecutor.


Big Brother: Police Use Growing Arsenal of Spy Gadgets

The rapid emergence of body cameras, cellphone hacking devices, license plate scanners, facial-recognition software and more gives authorities access to broad data on individuals who often have no clue how the information about them is gathered, stored and shared. Legislators are having trouble keeping up with the new technologies.

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'Baby Steps' Toward Open Courtrooms?

The public wants more access to the judicial system. In the past few years, states have responded by allowing more cameras into more courtroom proceedings. But federal courts have been slower to make change. Following our story last week, “Cameras and 'Making a Murderer”, The Crime Report asked readers: “Should cameras be given unrestricted access to all phases of a courtroom trial?” Some 63 percent responded “Yes.” 24 percent responded “No.” The remainder submitted comments only, with many of those […]


Cameras and 'Making a Murderer'

If you watched the popular, and controversial, Netflix documentary series, “Making a Murderer,” you were treated to a rare, compelling portrait of a trial inside the Wisconsin state courthouse. If filmmakers Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi had been covering a trial in a different state, or different level or court, their documentary may have looked a lot different. We're familiar with fictional courtroom dramas in the movies and on TV, but in most real-life courtrooms across America, what cameras are […]


Can a Computer Predict Crime?

Can machines predict where crimes occur before human beings do? Will the technology be used in unbiased ways? How will these devices affect privacy? As concerns grow over what are called predictive-policing methods and their effect on Americans, one thing is clear: these new crime-fighting tools are not only being implemented around the country; they are increasing in sophistication and scope. Technology such as PredPol, which runs crime reports through an algorithm to discover locations with a high probability of […]


Can New Technology Improve Policing?

While new developments in technology have given law enforcement organizations potentially important tools, such developments will have a minimal impact unless police managers pay closer attention to how they are deployed and used at every level of their organizations, says a study conducted by researchers at the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy at George Mason University, the Police Executive Research Forum, and Southern Illinois University. The multi-site study, supported by the National Institute of Justice, focused on four large U.S. […]


Playing Telephone: Inmate Complaints Highlight Issues Beyond FCC’s reach

A story by Beryl Lipton/ Crossposted with permission. Last month, the Federal Communications Commission announced a second wave of reforms to inmate calling services. In an effort to relieve exorbitant inmate phone bills incurred by local and in-state contact — a gap unaffected by 2014's $3.15 cap on 15-minute interstate calls — the newest guidelines place a $1.65 limit on both intra- and interstate phone contact. The regulations are also addressing the assortment of fees companies have attached to most […]