As a society, we allegedly wage an ongoing war on crime. Ae the root of crime and by its very nature; there is some type of loss involved. Crime in its most basic form deals with the loss of products, service or personal property. In its most sinister form, crime is responsible for the loss of innocence and the loss of lives. Oddly enough, crime is a necessary evil. A major aspect of the economic well being of our society is linked directly to the commission of crime. The next time that you wonder if crime pays, have no doubt about it; it does.
Quora.com readers direct their questions on crime to the Reignmaker. Each week I post the top 10 here:
10) Catherine MacLeod requested your answer to this
Generalizing and labeling entertainment media is worse for society than any particular genre. The effect on society that a genre has is relative to the individual that is taking the information in. Most people can take in a good crime story or movie, be entertained and keep it moving. The fact of the matter is that in our society we have many individuals that suffer from a myriad of undiagnosed mental health issues. It is impossible to know what will send an individual spiraling into a world of depravity; regardless of the genre. So no; true crime books and documentaries are not bad for society as some people claim. Allowing undiagnosed mentally ill individuals the ability to obtain books and movies that may set them off at any moment is what’s bad for society.
The fact is Shirley there is no such thing as anonymous samples. The general public is not required to have DNA samples on file. Under the law, every felon sentenced on or after Aug. 22, 2002, must provide a DNA sample, whether they are under the supervision of the Department of Corrections or a county jail or probation. DNA samples collected at a crime scene is run against the database of pre-collected samples in hopes of a match. During investigations, authorities may require that person’s of interest to voluntarily submit a DNA sample in an effort to include or exclude an individual from the case’s suspect pool.
We don’t have to think hard to come up with serial killers that were never identified. Jack the Ripper, the Zodiac Killer, etc. top that long list. Media outlets come up with witty nicknames to identify otherwise nameless and faceless perpetrators of their infamous acts of depravity. Once a killer has been definitely and definitively identified as the perpetrator, I know of no situation where the serial killer was not charged and arrested. However, when it comes to being identified, arrested but not convicted; that’s a horse of a totally different color. There have been cases throughout recorded history that, despite the evidence levied against the defendant; the killer managed to avoid being convicted.
6) Hugo Quinonez requested your answer to this
Crime is a word generally used to describe any infraction of a law or set of laws instituted and accepted by a group of individuals to establish order and maintain peace among this same group of individuals. These infractions can normally be divided into 2 subgroups; misdemeanors and felonies. Misdemeanors are minor infractions whereas felonies are considered major infractions and carry more severe penalties for their violations.
Unfortunately Ju, the answer to this question is yes. Most of the police officers that you see in the streets, especially uniformed officers in cars; are out there doing what you asked. They get behind random cars, run their plates and hope some manner of infraction comes back. It is perfectly legal for police officers to run your plates even though they have no reason to suspect a crime has taken place. Courts have decided that police can randomly check license plates because drivers should not and do not have an expectation of privacy concerning their license plates.
3) Mark-Anthony Canty requested your answer to this
Leo Dennis Kozlowski was the CEO of Tyco International, a security systems company, (not the toy people) from 1992 until 2002. Kozlowski was convicted in 2005 of crimes related to his receipt of $81 million in unauthorized bonuses, the purchase of art for $14.725 million and the payment by Tyco of a $20 million investment banking fee to Frank Walsh, a former Tyco director.
When Kozlowski became CEO, Tyco experienced a sharp resurgence and massively expanded during the late 1990s. As Tyco became more and more successful, CEO Kozlowski brokered himself a massive salary package as well as a generous commission with a bonus structure that was unheard of at that time. The CEO’s extravagant lifestyle his compensation became public knowledge in the early 2000s. Due to Kozlowski living a life of sheer excess eyebrows were raised and questions asked.
The question was never “if” he received the money. The question was if he received the money in accordance with his pre-established compensation package. Kozlowski left Tyco in 2002 amidst the controversy concerning allegations.
The question was and still remains had Kozlowski actually broken any laws? His fate was determined; not by a judge holding him to the letter of the law but by a jury that saw a man sitting in a courtroom making $100 million a year, living a life that most, if not all envied. His original trial ended in a mistrial. His second found him convicted on 22 counts of grand larceny, falsifying business records, securities fraud and conspiracy. Dennis Kozlowski may have spent almost 9 years of his life in prison from simply being hated on.
2) David Nelson requested your answer to this
I believe that the biggest myth about crime is that only certain people are more susceptible to committing crimes than others. Or that there is some crime consortium that sits in a dark room somewhere and just plot crimes. Any person of any race, creed, color, nationality or religious belief can be deemed a criminal at some point given the right (or wrong) set of circumstances. Crime is described as any act that is an infraction of laws established and accepted by a people or society. How many times have you crossed the street on a red light or popped a grape in your mouth while grocery shopping? On YouTube there are countless videos of pranks gone wrong that turned otherwise law-abiding citizens into criminals.
Those who participate in crime as an income or way of life; do the exact same things that everyone else does. They shop at the same stores, eat at the same restaurants, worship at the same churches, temples and synagogues and have the same hopes and dreams for their children. People that I know that engage in criminal acts as a means for survival do so with the sincerest wish that their children do not have to make the same choices in life.
Understand that I do not excuse anyone for criminal acts. Those that participate in such lifestyles, (especially those that use any manner of violence) should be prosecuted by law. I do wish to bring a level of understanding and shed some light on a popular misconception. No person lives a completely good or evil life. We all have our faults, vices and shortcomings and none of us are perfect. It only takes one moment of indiscretion; a momentary lapse of judgment can cause a person deemed a criminal and change the course of one’s life; forever.
1) Josh Knight requested your answer to this
Damn good question. The lowest point of my prison life came when I finally woke up and realized just who I was as well as who my decisions are affecting.
In prison, as long as people are sending you money and letters regularly; prison is a breeze. As long as you are getting attention from people in the world, your prison popularity rises and you become the prison equivalent of one the “cool kids” in high school. However, when the money and letters stopped, like a spoiled bitch I called home cussing and demanding money.
After about 2 months of not receiving anything and feeling sorry for myself, I came to the painful reality that nobody owes me anything. It was my greed, selfishness, and stupidity that put me in this situation. I was taking advantage of people that cared for me and making demands that I had no right to make. Every dime that was being sent me had to come from somewhere, usually my children. Instead of worrying about maintaining a façade of being a “baller” around people that I wouldn’t even know out in the world, I should be at home raising my children; teaching them how not to end up like this.
I sank into a period of depression and self-loathing. By writing, I gradually worked myself out of that mental state. I developed a “to do list”; a game plan created to keep myself from repeating the same comedy of errors that landed me in the penitentiary. That low point probably saved my life. By arriving at that point in my life I realized that I could only go up from there.
Everyone has a lowest point. The point in which we rise up to go forth and achieve our goals. However, we must be cautious, many times we think we’ve hit our lowest point; only to find that you’ve only hit a false bottom.