IJOP Authorities Spot Crime Before it Happens

Crime News Service: Barely seven months ago, a senior Chinese official promised that artificial intelligence could one day help authorities spot crime before it happens. In the country’s far western Xinjiang region, it’s already happening, with the establishment of a system that critics call “Orwellian” in scope and ambition, and which is being used to place people in political re-education. Called the Integrated Joint Operations Platform, or IJOP, it assembles and parses data from facial-recognition cameras, WiFi internet sniffers, licence-plate cameras, police checkpoints, banking records and police reports made on…


A decades-old crime reminds us Donald Trump

Crime News Service, Philip Bump: A few moments of violence define New York City at the peak of its crime wave. The shooting of teens on the subway by Bernie Goetz. Riots in Crown Heights and Bensonhurst. And the 1989 rape of a young white jogger in Central Park. A decades-old crime reminds us that Donald Trump would rather appear tough than be just That last crime was a particularly ugly moment for the city, for several reasons. Five young men, four black and one Hispanic, were arrested, convicted and…


Punishment That Doesn’t Fit the Crime

Crime News Service, ERIC BERKOWITZ :When Matthew Grottalio was 10 years old, he and his older brother initiated a touching “game” with their 8-year-old sister. “None of us knew what we were doing,” he said, and he soon forgot about the episode. But later that year, 1998, his sister’s teacher found out and notified the authorities. Just weeks after Matthew’s 11th birthday, police officers handcuffed him outside his fifth-grade classroom. Matthew and his parents agreed to a guilty plea in exchange for two years of probation, which he spent in…


Crime Comes into Play

Crime News Service: In several ways, the commingled issues of drugs and crime have come to the forefront of the 2016 presidential campaign. Candidates spoke often about the subject recently while campaigning in New Hampshire, which is facing a heroin epidemic. The disconnect between federal marijuana policy and state laws allowing recreational use of the drug is a political football. And former President Bill Clinton — whose wife is the front-runner for the Democratic nomination — recently was heckled during a speech for signing an omnibus crime bill in 1994. The…


Big banks to foot bill for ASIC corporate crime crackdown

corporate crime

Crime News Service: The Federal Government will use a levy on the banks and increased surveillance powers to crack down on financial misconduct, as it fends off continued pressure from Labor to hold a . The levy will provide $121 million over four years for the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), helping replace cuts under the former Labor Government and in the 2014 Abbott government budget. The government will contribute about $6 million in direct assistance. It follows Labor’s promise to hold a royal commission into the banks if elected,…


FBI Files the Boss of the New England Crime Family

Raymond Patriarca

Crime News Service: Raymond Patriarca ruled New England organized crime for nearly fifty years. The Worcester-born crime boss moved to Providence as a boy, but married a woman from Worcester and controlled organized crime in the City for decades. For the past year, GoLocal reporters and editors have been working to gain access to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) file for one of America’s most infamous criminals and one of Rhode Island’s notorious favorite sons – Raymond Patriarca. Launching on August 3, 2015 and continuing over the next few months,…