Recently we have seen two convicted murderers, Richard Matt and David Sweat, escape prison with the help of two prison employees, Gene Palmer and Joyce Mitchell. It leads us to ask the question, how does this happen?
New details are still emerging about the Germanwings plane crash in the Alps in March of this year. Many are focused on the fact that co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz, had been diagnosed with a mental illness as being his major risk factor for suicide and mass murder. Mental illness alone is NOT a risk factor for violence or mass murder.
ISIS and other terrorist groups enraged the world with their actions. Fighting terrorists with lethal weapons will be part of, but not the entire answer. Examining the roots of terrorism will lead the world to ideas about prevention.
The question we must ask ourselves is what can we do to reduce the risk of violent acts carried out by lone-wolf terrorists? The answer to this question is not simply better intelligence or a more effective police force.
Law enforcement, military, and correctional personnel face dangerous situations daily. They may have to take actions extremely quickly. At the same time there may be changing standards of conduct. Training, supervision, oversite and clarity of communication are essential for the standards to be followed effectively and support those that must make such decisions.
Racial unrest in the US has resurfaced in Ferguson, MO with a fury that is familiar to those of us that grew up during the civil rights movement of the 1960's. The story is not one of blame but of social evolution and development toward greater globalization and mutual benefit.
While the murder rate in the U.S. is down as a whole, the mass murder rate has been rising. Many have been broadcasting the fact that we are seeing an overall decline in the murder rate in this country but the U.S. still has the highest violence and incarceration rates of all advanced nations in the world.
There are many different levels of social development that can be prominent in different parts of the world. ISIS is at a pre-modern level of social development where power over others is the main goal. Much of the rest of the world is at the level of resource sharing. These levels are incompatable and will be nearly impossible to solve by traditional means.
In the United States, we have our own humanitarian crisis with 52,000 unaccompanied children, and an unknown number of families and adults, at our borders seeking refuge from the murder, rape and violence of their native countries.
In the U.S. we lock up more of our citizens than any other country. If we do not reform our prison system in a meaningful progressive way, our situation will continue to worsen from a psychological, economic and cultural standpoint.
Ivan Lopez killed three people and injured many others before turning the gun on himself. Is there some way that we could have known that this storm was brewing? Could we have provided better treatment? Prevented this attack? For all of the above, I believe the answer is “yes."
Bullying often ranges from a moderate problem to small growing pains. But what happens when students or youth go too far and display extreme abusive behavior? A recent story in Maryland shocked the country with its gruesome details. How can we prevent this type of violence from occurring in other schools?
When you hear the word “stoning” you most likely think of it as an ancient punishment. But in 2014, this barbaric ritual is still legal or being practiced in 15 countries. Learn the truth and help put an end to this violation of human dignity.
Darion Marcus Aguilar erupted in violence this weekend, shooting two victims at a Maryland mall before taking his own life. His actions seemed to happen out of the blue with no particular motive. We’ve seen cases like this before – the question is – how do we prevent them from happening again?
West Albany High School avoided a potential tragedy last week when student Grant Acord was arrested. A timeline, plan of attack, and bombs were found under the floor boards in his room. Police stopped him before anything happened—but what can we learn from this case to prevent violence at other schools?
It is important to understand that the group of people that are violent have multiple problems which will likely include several of the following: axis I and Axis II mental illnesses, substance abuse, psychopathy, head injury, and histories of childhood trauma. Preventing violence will involve coordinated services for all problem areas.
A dialogue is needed about: 1) How to determine whether someone is dangerous to self or others; 2) what can be done when professionals or family members have concerns about a person's dangerousness to others; 3) whether danger must be imminent in order to have someone committed to a forensic hospital for a thorough evaluation and treatment.
Violence is often a response from unresolved adverse childhood experiences. It can cycle from one generation to the next. The prevention of violence can be found in helping children that have had negative childhood experiences develop and grow in a healthy way in a healthy environment.