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In 2007, Texas canceled prison expansion plans, and put much of the savings into drug courts and treatment. Since then, the state has cut its inmate population, closed three prison facilities, and saved billions of dollars. Most importantly, violent crime rates in Texas are lower than they’ve been in almost half a century.
Of all the hot-button issues that divided conservatives and liberals over the past generation, few sparked more heated debate than crime and punishment.
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Waste Management and other recyclers say that more than 2,000 municipalities are paying to dispose of their recyclables instead of the other way around.
Falling commodity prices have left U.S. cities with big bills to dispose of once-profitable products.
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Roughly half of the nearly 44,000 annual drug-related deaths result from prescription drugs, with the death rate related to such drugs rising dramatically over the last 15 years. From 1999 to 2011, sales of prescription painkillers quadrupled, while the number of related fatalities nearly quadrupled as well.
Drugs are now the leading cause of injury deaths nationwide and are behind more deaths than vehicles are in 36 states.
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"Firearm-related homicides dropped from 18,253 homicides in 1993 to 11,101 in 2011," according to a report by the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics, "and nonfatal firearm crimes dropped from 1.5 million victimizations in 1993 to 467,300 in 2011.
The United States has seen a drop in the rate of homicides and other violence involving guns in the past 20 years, according to a Pew Research Center study released Tuesday. Using government data, analysts saw a steep drop for gun violence in the 1990s, with more modest drops in the rate of crimes committed with a handgun since 2000.
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About half reported they don't keep track or could not provide numbers of which inmates go straight home from solitary. And a recent audit for the federal Bureau of Prisons said it doesn't keep numbers, either. ...our tally from the 24 states that say they count shows that last year, at least 10,000 inmates came straight out of solitary.
An investigation by NPR and The Marshall Project found that many states don't keep track of how many inmates are released directly from solitary confinement without any transition or supervision.
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Those mandatory penalties, many of which require at least a decade in prison for drug offenses, took discretion away from judges and fueled an unprecedented rise in prison populations, from 24,000 federal inmates in 1980 to more than 208,000 last year. Half of those inmates are nonviolent drug offenders. Federal prisons are overcrowded by 37 percent. The Justice Department recently called mass imprisonment a “budgetary nightmare” and a “growing and historic crisis.”
In the meth corridor of Iowa, a federal judge comes face to face with the reality of congressionally mandated sentencing.
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'Lots of folks expected us to do something strange and break out in a riot. Well, they just don’t know us,” the Reverend Norvel Goff told the packed, multiracial congregation of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., on Sunday. It was the first service since the horrific slaughter of nine innocent souls by a racist fanatic.

Not being a Christian, I can only marvel at the dignity and courage of the victims’ relatives who forgave the shooter. If I could ever manage such a thing, it would probably take me decades. It took them little more than a day.

Less shocking, but almost as uplifting, was the conduct of the broader Charleston community, which has been unified and dignified, despite the expectations of some in the media — and the accused gunman, who had singled out Charleston because of its success at racial integration.

And this points to Goff being right, not just about Charleston but about the South in general.

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/420204/charleston-shooting-response-south-left-condescension
The conduct of the broader Charleston community has been unified and dignified, despite the expectations of Left elites.
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Nathan Yau, a statistician who runs the blog Flowing Data, has made a series of gorgeous maps breaking down the population of America. The maps are part of his recent project to recreate the 1874 Statistical Atlas of the United States with the original design but 2013 data.
You'll never look at the country quite the same way after seeing these maps
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Casipong inserts earbuds, queues up dance music, and checks her clients' instructions. Their specifications are often quite pointed. A São Paulo gym might request 75 female Brazilian fitness fanatics, or a bar in San Francisco's Castro district might want 1,000 local gay men. Her current order is the most common: fake Facebook profiles of beautiful American women between the ages of 20 and 30. Once a client has received the accounts, he will probably use them to sell Facebook likes to customers looking for an illicit social media boost.
Brands are desperate to appear popular on social media. Some simply buy fake followers.
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You’ve probably never heard of Voat, but the free-speech-loving little Reddit clone is the hottest website in Troll City today. After Reddit officially banned several abusive subreddits, a flood of Redditors fled to Voat, where similar subsites still exist. Voat is now drowning in the traffic and needs Bitcoin to stay afloat.
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The practice was outlawed in the 1950s, and the kuru epidemic began to recede. But in its wake it left a curious and irreversible mark on the Fore, one that has implications far beyond Papua New Guinea: After years of eating brains, some Fore have developed a genetic resistance to the molecule that causes several fatal brain diseases, including kuru, mad cow disease and some cases of dementia.
The findings from Papua New Guinea offer possible insights into Alzheimer's and dementia.
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Back in March 2015, NYC-based photographer Joey L. traveled to the Kurdistan region of Iraq and Syria to start another one of his amazing personal projects. This time he pointed his camera at Kurdish guerrilla groups who have been fighting in the Syrian civil war for independence and a region to call their own.
Back in March 2015, NYC-based photographer Joey L. traveled to the Kurdistan region of Iraq and Syria to start another one of his amazing personal projects
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