There's a theory in criminology called the "Routine Activities Theory." The theory posits that there are three factors that figure into whether or not violence happens in a particular place and time, and how much violence happens. The three factors are targets, guardians and villains (aka "motivated offenders"). I'll explain the factors a little more [...]
You know what really confuses me about the hyper-conservative people in political discussions? I get really confused when they say that something is "un-American." Then, when I ask them what "American" is, they have a hard time going beyond catchwords and catchphrases like "democracy" and "rule of law." Of course, they are usually also usings [...]
As I've been working on my doctoral dissertation, I've come across a few interesting homicide cases in Baltimore. They're interested in that the victims had a chance to avoid being at the place and time when they were killed. They had that chance because of their own criminal activity. In essence, they should have been [...]
The immigration debate has been front and center in my life for almost all of it. There are many people in my extended family who came to the United States illegally, or they came legally and overstayed their visas. They build lives here, living under the radar or with fake documents, and their children are [...]
There are times when worries get the best of you. But you need to recognize when worrying adds nothing to your life and, in fact, may take from it. It's better to worry about things that add to your life and to the life of others.
I listened to this episode of "State of the Re:Union" today titled "American Justice." It's a critical look at the US justice system and how it falls short on so many levels. According to the podcast's introduction: "The United States has the world’s largest prison population. In 2012, there were 2.3 million people in American [...]
I saw something kind of weird happen yesterday as I stood in line at a sub shop to get one of their delicious subs. The incident in question reminded me of days in elementary school and high school. It also reminded me that humans can be evil to each other for no good reason. I [...]