You Have a Very Soft Voice, Susan is quite possibly the most twisted and surreal case of stalking I have ever encountered. Well-written and gripping. Just when you think it can't get any more bizarre, it does. (Patrick Quinlan, Los Angeles Times best-selling author of All Those Moments) This is not a typical story of internet stalking. It is an unusual case of friendship and deception so pitiless and unyielding that it opened a door to Hell into the author’s life. This is an unforgettable story for today’s digital world driven by social media in all of its permutations and cruelest forms. The story begins with Susan Fensten’s online search for her father’s family, a search that soon turns into a two-year frightening odyssey of internet stalking and threats when a posting on a genealogy message board brings her into contact with what she thinks are distant cousins, but what turns out to be a sociopath. Through email correspondence with her new “family”, evidence of mental illness, dark family secrets, a struggle over wealth and bizarre criminal histories emerge. She quickly becomes the focus of sexual obsession and suspicion, and her life is completely turned upside down. She soon becomes the target of dozens of frightening characters including real verifiable convicted sex offenders in an elaborate cyber-hoax that includes threats of kidnapping, murder, rape, torture, and cannibalism. Remarkable in its complexity, this story of internet stalking is also a sinister and shocking journal of madness. Described by the FBI as a case “in a category by itself”, this book is a story about the internet, the search for family, a friendship, and a journey into the underbelly of American crime that raises questions about safety online and pushes the boundaries of our perceptions of what is real and what is not. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jill Monas. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/153525/bk_acx0_153525_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Reports of mob violence and assaults in Bukavu's urban slums as a form of "instant popular justice" against alleged offenders and criminals abound and repeatedly strike the media headlines in such a way that wealthier suburbs housing Bukavu's working and middle-upper classes hardly do. Repetitive accounts of these events found in public domain seem to support the idea that these practices are pervasive and a common trait characterizing the social life into Bukavu's poor settings settlements. State mandated security provision in Bukavu's urban slums like Panzi is characterized by its haphazard presence and its heavy-handed ways. Such inadequacies not only fuel feelings of frustration due to exclusion from basic public services, but open up niches for the propagation of violent alternatives to access and administration of justice in the form of mob violence. This book investigates the phenomenon of mob violence in Panzi area and also examine how it can be prevented.
Many persons have expressed alarm and surprise at the acquittals of alleged sexual offenders by juries in Jamaica. Women are the main victims of sexual offenses. Their confidence in the system of trial by jury is critical. Some observers assert that men on the jury in sexual cases are biased against women because men are the perpetrators of such offenses. Others counter that it is the women on the jury who acquit men of sexual offenses. These assertions are mainly based on anecdotal experiences. Therefore this study conducted an empirical examination of several jury trials of sexual offenses in Jamaica. Its purpose was to test the validity of these assertions and to ascertain if there is any systemic gender bias in sexual trials. It is the first such study in Jamaica and in the Caribbean. Based on the findings, the researcher recommends strategies for solving this socio-legal problem in Jamaica. Victims, social workers, counselors, lawyers,judges, womens activist and the media can obtain useful insights about some socio-legal issues in the Jamaican and Caribbean society.
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Victimology is the scientific study of victimization, including the relationships between victims and offenders, the interactions between victims and the criminal justice system ? that is, the police and courts, and corrections officials ? and the connections between victims and other social groups and institutions, such as the media, businesses, and social movements. Victimology is however not restricted to the study of victims of crime alone but may cater to other forms of human rights violations that are not necessarily crime.
This book, the first of two volumes edited by McCartan and Kemshall, focusses on perceptions of sexual offenders, and how risk is used by policy makers, stakeholders, academics and practitioners to both construct and respond to unknown and known sex offenders within the contexts of criminal justice, health and social policy. The chapters provide an oversight of contemporary policies, practices and debates within the area to help both professionals and researchers. The collection focuses on emerging areas (public health approaches, prevention, public perceptions of sexual abuse, and social constructionism), as well as more traditional topics (media, preventative and exceptional sentencing, resilience, and work force development). The authors examine public and professional engagement on sex offender management, and the changing socio-political landscape of sexual offender management. A bold and engaging volume, this edited collection will be of great importance to scholars and practitioners interested in perceptions of sexual offending.
This book takes up the problems of social policy, state intervention and support in the hard times of austerity introduced by the Coalition government 2010-15, and continued under the Conservative government today. At a time when the economy is growing and pay levels finally rising, the necessity for more cuts in public expenditure is fiercely contested. The scope of state services, the levels of support for people in need, and the kinds of organizations that will deliver the services, will all be profoundly affected in coming years. The authors and editors assess some of these consequences visible now in the impact that expenditure cuts and reorganization have had on many areas of social policy, and explore the direction of change in the near future. Austerity Policies evaluates a wide range of changing form of state services and the transformations involving both the recipients and those delivering the services. It considers the past, present and future of austerity as a policy, and the problems affecting particular groups such as offenders, looked after children, and professionals such as social care workers and those engaged with domestic violence. The collection will be of interest to students and scholars of social policy, criminology, sociology, politics and media studies.
THE GERMAN PRISON SYSTEM - a topic that interests politicians when elections are looming, and the media whenever scandal is involved - is expensive and largely ineffective: over half of the people released from prison re-offend within five years. Locking people up does not rehabilitate them. Instead, the influences of prison subculture prevail. Bernd Maelicke examines the causes of this dilemma, and highlights pathways to the successful social reintegration of offenders. With the "Rehabilitation Agenda 2025", Bernd Maelicke outlines guidelines and an action plan for concrete and desperate improvement.His credo:"Punishing people is easy, but usually leads nowhere. Showing people a better path and helping them navigate it is difficult, but it's worth it."
This book surveys the history, current status, and critical issues regarding the various mechanisms designed to control sex offenders. It shows that the social problem of sex offending is not apparently resolvable by any of the means currently employed. A large array of procedures are used in the attempt to control the difficult population of sex offenders, including: imprisonment, institutional and community treatment, community monitoring by probation and parole, electronic monitoring, registration as a sex offender, community notification of an offender's status, strict limits on behavioral movement in the community, and residence restrictions. However, these constraints on behavior are almost completely the result of public outrage regarding sensational sex crimes, overreaction of media coverage that produce inaccurate statements of potential community risk, and the efforts of the legal profession and politicians to quell this anger and foreboding by enacting legislation that supposedly confronts the risk. This book demonstrates that we have constructed a massive edifice of community control that is socially and politically driven and which has largely failed to contain sex crime.
Our society's preoccupation with crime and fear of crime appears to have shifted its focus to the juvenile offender. Both electronic and print media continuously warn us that juvenile offenders are increasingly younger and more virulent. The demographics of our population suggest that there will only be more juvenile offenders to fear in the near future. All of these concerns arise in a social climate that is characterized by an ever increasing demand for stronger retributive measures against the offender. The belief that only harsh justice will protect us from the ravages of juveniles has become dominant. Increasingly, perceptions and politics, rather than scientific data, dominate policy making with regard to youthful offenders. In Assessing the Youthful Offender: Issues and Techniques, Robert D. Hoge and D. A. Andrews make a restrained, rational, and ultimately persuasive argu ment for the use of standardized psychological assessments in the effective management of youth within juvenile justice systems. They clarify how what we already know about the cause and management of youthful criminal activity can be incorporated into standardized testing and that the information obtained from testing can improve the administration of criminal justice. Moreover, this informa tion is useful whatever the theoretical biases of those who administer the justice system. The efficiency of policies of either retribution, deterrence, or rehabilitation is only enhanced by reliance on data.