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HEROIN USE IN UK JAILS OVERTAKES CANNABIS

Results of a random drug testing programme. This will be a problem that will return to the community after prisoners are released and suggests a different kind of organisation developing inside the prison system. Used to be “tobacco barons”, but heroin can be used to recruit people to your organisation for later “employment”.

CALL FOR MORE POWERS TO EXTRADITE CRIMINALS

The Chief Constable of Merseyside calls for the Eurowarrant to be extended to suspects the police wish to interview. Also says low-cost flights make life easier for criminals. Argues that “second-division” criminals now hiding out abroad. The problem goes back a long way. Many European countries do not allow arrest for interrogation. You have to charge amd permit the suspect to have the protection of the law.

Maybe the Chief Constable would accept judicial control of investigation and we could start from there? Then we would be more in line with the overwhelming majority of our continental cousins.

FOES OF SEX TRADE ARE STUNG BY THE FALL OF AN ALLY

I have refrained from commenting on Governor Spitzer, but this piece discusses some of the contradictions at the heart of the sex trade and the problems for NGOs in fighting it. Cui bono? Especially from tougher laws? The research suggests that new laws against drugs simply push up the price. Is there any research on the role of laws in the sex trade?

RULES ISSUED FOROVERSIGHT OF FRAUD CASES

The gist of this article seems to be that if youre a corporate fraudster, you can avoid prosecution so long as you employ a former Attorney General to say that you have cleaned up your act…Hmmmm…I smell a rodent here. Lots of technical language, but white-collar crime and the crimes of the powerful at their best.

FORGET THE ROLEXES. NOW THEY’RE FAKING FERRARIS

There are of course, two sides to this type of crime.Where the fake is as good as the real thing, then the cause of the criminality is excessive profit making, but where the “fake” is as they say “fake fake” ie it is not of the same quality, then aeroplanes crash, people smoke wood chippings and die because medicine is not medicine at all.

Lots of issues in the counterfeit trade.

CHINESE HACKERS: NO SITE IS SAFE

More problems for those of us conceptualising organised crime. the hacker community is a deliberately individualistic one, and doesnt always seek profit. It seeks to know that it can! Venn diagrams required, but the activity is certainly illegal, though not a business, although services may be sold at times. Concepts please.

REPORTER PLEADS NOT GUILTY IN CASE LINKED TO POLICE BUGGING

This is a very murky prosecution indeed. Private Eye has run a couple of articles on it. The Eye alleged abuse of power. Will find links to the relevant articles. Quis custodiet ipsos custodies?
Private Eye 1120 article by Ratbiter
Press Gazette article
http://www.pressgazette.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=1&storycode=38427&c=1
Google Murrer Kearney and find the full, curious story. Kearney is the cop who claims he objected to the bugging of the M.P.

Will it all come out in Court? Especially since there has now been declared to be nothing wrong with the bugging. Hmmmmm

SAUDI THERAPY FOR EX-JIHADISTS

Actually, these programmes have been underway around the world for some time. Malaysia has one, certainly and there have been attempts in Western prisons, although they have created conflicts with existing prison staff. Would be wonderful to see a proper independent research evaluation of them all…but don’t hold your breath. This is politics, not criminology!

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