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  1. Professional Home Security Systems While many systems use wireless components that are installed using double-sided tape, some high-end systems use components that require professional installation. These soup-to-nuts systems typically cost considerably more than DIY systems and offer 24/7 professional monitoring, but you may have to enter into a multi-year contract and pay a hefty termination fee if you break it. They usually use touch-screen hubs that contain RF, Wi-Fi, Zigbee, and Z-Wave radios, allowing them to communicate with and control a multitude of components including door and win
  2. DIY Home Security Systems Do-it-yourself security setups are ideal for budget shoppers because they can save you a bundle on installation charges and subscription fees. Most DIY systems are easy to install and are sold as kits that you can configure to suit your specific needs. As your needs grow you can order additional sensors and other components at your convenience and pair them to the system in a matter of minutes. Your basic entry-level DIY system may only support one or two wireless protocols and usually offers a limited selection of add-on components, while more expensive DIY systems
  3. Streamlining Security and Home Automation A smart home security system connects to your Wi-Fi network so you can monitor and control your security devices using your smartphone and an app. Entry-level systems usually include some door and window sensors, a motion detector, and a hub that communicates with these devices using one or more wireless protocols such as Wi-Fi, Z-Wave, Zigbee, or a proprietary mesh network. You can add extra door, motion, and window sensors to provide coverage for your entire house and build a comprehensive system that includes door locks, garage door openers, indoo
  4. The Internet of Things has made it easier than ever to set up a smart home in which you can remotely control your door locks, lights, thermostats, vacuums, lawn mowers, and even pet feeders, using your smartphone and an app. It's also made it simple (and relatively affordable) to monitor your home from pretty much anywhere. Smart security systems are highly customizable and available as do-it-yourself kits or as full-blown setups that include professional installation and monitoring. Depending on your needs you can go with a system that you monitor yourself, or pay a subscription fee to h
  5. About 25 years ago I was vacationing in Puerta Vallarta. My hotel neighbors were on their deck smoking cannabis. I had my sliding deck door open. There was a loud knock on the hotel room door and a hotel rent a cop tried to get in my face about the cannabis smell from my room. As a happenstance I wasn’t toking. “Not me” I said. The rent a cop grabbed my arm and said “ come with me”. I resisted. “ you have the wrong person,” Then my husband came into the room from the bar. He was a drummer and had played with the hotels band the 3 nights we’d been there. The rent a cop
  6. Canada elected a new Liberal government in October 2015. One of their notable promises during the campaign was their effort to legalize marijuana — as well as tax it, and regulate it. They reinforced this promise last spring that they were to begin their legislative efforts in the succeeding spring. It is expected that this is when the marijuana issue will come to light. Although Canada is not for sure legalizing it, we can assume that it may happen, as the incumbent government says so. There are various motives for wanting to legalize marijuana, and various interests have diffe
  7. In my opinion, it’s not. Others disagree. The reasons vary; most seem misinformed. The most common is that marijuana is a gateway drug to harder drugs. If it is a gateway drug, IMO, it is because it gives people an immunity to the fear of buying drugs on the black market. And also an introduction to buying goods, especially drugs, on the black market. So it’s not USING marijuana, it’s BUYING illegal marijuana that provides the gateway. Further, simply because some people who try marijuana try harder drugs doesn’t mean it’s a gateway, any more than the fact that people who smoke or drink a
  8. Drugs should be legalized There are numerous arguments for drug legalization. Criminal prohibition of drugs has not eliminated or substantially reduced drug use. The drug war has cost society more than drug abuse itself. Costs include the $16 billion the federal government alone spent to fight drugs in 1998. Of this $16 billion, $10.5 billion pays for measures to reduce the supply of drugs. Most of these measures involve law enforcement efforts to interdict or intercept drug supplies at the borders. Costs also include corruption, damage to poor and minority neighborhoods, a world‐w
  9. Policymakers in the United States have chosen to define drug abuse as a legal problem rather than a public‐health problem. This choice puts the criminal justice system at the center of a massive war on drugs. The drug war is an expanding enterprise with deep roots in the political and social fabric of the U.S. society. It is an effort that involves law enforcement, courts, corrections, education, health care, and a multitude of political groups. Started by the Reagan administration and expanded by the Bush and Clinton administrations, the drug war depicts the U.S. as fighting a deadly enemy. T
  10. 6 Make all drug use safer Prohibition has led to the stigmatisation and marginalisation of drug users. Countries that operate ultra-prohibitionist policies have very high rates of HIV infection amongst injecting users. Hepatitis C rates amongst users in the UK are increasing substantially. In the UK in the '80's clean needles for injecting users and safer sex education for young people were made available in response to fears of HIV. Harm reduction policies are in direct opposition to prohibitionist laws. 7 Restore our rights and responsibilities Prohibition unnecessarily crimin
  11. 1 Address the real issues For too long policy makers have used prohibition as a smoke screen to avoid addressing the social and economic factors that lead people to use drugs. Most illegal and legal drug use is recreational. Poverty and despair are at the root of most problematic drug use and it is only by addressing these underlying causes that we can hope to significantly decrease the number of problematic users. 2 Eliminate the criminal market place The market for drugs is demand-led and millions of people demand illegal drugs. Making the production, supply and use of some drugs i
  12. Portugal has led the way in decriminalising the possession of small quantities of any drug since 2001, in a radical experiment that has become the test case for many countries looking to reform their drug laws. Across Europe, 14 countries have brought in various decriminalisation models for the medical or recreational sale of cannabis. In December 2013, Uruguay became the first nation to make it legal to grow, consume and sell cannabis. That said, all sales must pass through a government-run marketplace. Twenty-three US states and the District of Columbia allow marijuana for med
  13. So what are the pros and cons of legalising drugs in the UK? Pro: the war on drugs creates addicts Russell Brand, Sir Richard Branson, Sting and Michael Mansfield QC were among high-profile signatories to an open letter asking the government to consider decriminalising possession of cannabis in 2014, The Independent reported. Cannabis has been classified as a Class B drug in the UK since 2008 and carries a prison sentence of up to five years for possession. Release, the drugs charity which organised the letter, says arresting users “creates more harm for individuals, their families
  14. Medical cannabis will soon be made available on prescription in the UK to treat conditions such as chronic pain, nausea caused by chemotherapy, and severe epilepsy. The Home Office decision, expected to be announced in parliament within a month, follows a high-profile campaign by the mother of 13-year-old Billy Caldwell, whose medical cannabis for his epilepsy was seized following a trip to the US in the summer. Following a public backlash and u-turn from Home Secretary Sajid Javid, patients are now able to apply to a panel of medical experts for permission to use the oil, although m
  15. Research capacity There are several reasons why law reform commissions are particularly well-placed to undertake criminal law reform. First, law reform commissions are renowned for their research and analytical abilities. Nearly all law reform projects involve the task of ascertaining what is the current law, what is its purpose, and what are the fundamental principles and policies underlying it. A standard law reform commission methodology is to undertake research into the history of a particular law. Tracing the legislative or common law development of an area of law is usually a very e
  16. The short answer to the question whether there is a place for the principled study of criminal law issues by law reform commissions is an emphatic “yes”. The Australian model of law reform commissions is uniquely placed to undertake detailed, principled research into areas of law, and this includes the criminal law. They are permanent, independent organisations, able to coordinate large research projects, engage in community consultation, and write detailed, reasoned arguments for their recommendations to government. There has been no consistent pattern of review of criminal law and
  17. It is always dangerous to prophesize, particularly, as an old Danish proverb warns, about the future. Unfortunately, the temptation to make an educated guess about the future is irresistible. After all, if the prediction game was like baseball a 30-per-cent success rate would make an all-star. So, here are my top five predictions about criminal justice for 2018. The Liberals came to power in 2015 on the back of some very big promises. The problem with public election promises is that they are easily measurable and this is especially true when they are reduced to black and white and releas
  18. Reforms to the law are required to protect victims from online and social media-based abuse, according to a new Report by the Law Commission for England and Wales. The full scoping report and a summary can be found here. In its Scoping Report assessing the state of the law in this area, published today [1st November 2018] the Law Commission raises concerns about the lack of coherence in the current criminal law and the problems this causes for victims, police and prosecutors. It is also critical of the current law’s ability to protect people harmed by a range of behaviour online incl
  19. Opposition to reform Opposition to criminal justice reform typically is expressed by conservatives who do not perceive errors in the criminal justice system. Those that believe this also typically reject the claim from reform activists that the criminal justice system acts in a way that is racially disparate, and do not acknowledge the War on Drugs as "the new Jim Crow." Instead, "blue racism," or discrimination against law enforcement is seen as existing. Policing is viewed as a colorblind process that has no consideration for the race of offenders. Right wing media outlets frequently fi
  20. Arguments on criminal justice reform Arguments exist for and against criminal justice reform in the United States. While it is more common for those on the left to support reform, some conservative groups and individuals also believe that the system must be reformed. Support for reform Conservative support for reform There is a push from conservative groups such as Right on Crime to reclaim ground in the debate for criminal justice reform. Although support for reform is typically associated with liberal ideology, conservative criminological views emphasize the role of individual
  21. Re-entry Those that believe re-entry programs need reform typically point to recidivism rates within the United States criminal justice system. While those against reform claim that recidivism rates are indicative of inherent criminality amongst certain groups, those in support of reform believe it is indicative of the ineffectiveness of re-entry and parole programs. Different types of disenfranchisement exist that affect ex-offenders after their release. Advocates of criminal justice reform in the United States often also push for the reform of restrictions on federal aid and societal
  22. Broken windows policing Broken windows policing, or quality of life policing, is based on a criminological theory known as broken windows theory. This theory suggests that repairing broken windows in buildings and other form of physical disorder within a city indicate whether or not there is crime. When translated to policing tactics, minor offenses are targeted as a way to deter greater, more serious crime. Reformers point to the ways that broken windows policing negatively impacts communities of color through criminalization and excessive force. Additionally, it is typically seen as respon
  23. Policing Policing reform typically focuses on police brutality and the use of dangerous force against minority individuals. Police brutality refers to the "use of excessive physical force or verbal assault and psychological intimidation" by law enforcement against individuals. According to Mapping Police Violence, police killed 1,147 individuals in 2017. This shows an increase from previous years with 963 individuals killed by fatal force in 2016 and 995 killed in 2015. The distribution of these killings varies widely by state with the majority of incidences occurring in states such as
  24. Sentencing regulation Individuals are sentenced more often and for longer with the average sentence in the U.S. being nearly twice as long as Australian and five times as long as German sentences. Truth in Sentencing laws and mandatory minimums are perceived to be two forms of draconian policies that contribute to prison overcrowding. Truth in sentencing law requires that offenders serve the majority of their sentences before being eligible for release, restricting or eliminating sentencing exceptions such as good-time, earned-time, and parole board release. The majority of truth in sen
  25. Criminal justice reform in the United States is aimed at fixing perceived errors in the criminal justice system. Goals of organizations spearheading the movement for criminal justice reform include decreasing the United States' prison population, reducing prison sentences that are perceived to be too harsh and long, altering drug sentencing policy, policing reform, reducing overcriminalization, and juvenile justice reform. Criminal justice reform also targets reforming policies for those with criminal convictions that are receiving other consequences from food assistance programs, outside of s
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