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Grand Forks County Sheriff, Bob Rost, delivers a press conference in July, 2015. (Logan Werlinger/Grand Forks Herald)

Grand Forks County’s Anonymous Crime Reporting App Sounds Like A Terrible Idea

Recently a man was nearly booted from a flight from Syracuse to Philadelphia because, after boarding, he started writing down symbols and notes that looked bizarre to a woman sitting next to him, making her suspect that he might be a terrorist. It turns out that all Guido Menzio was doing was math. He was writing down some

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Why Is Talking About Oil Patch Crime OK, But Not Refugee Crime?

The resettlement of foreign refugees in North Dakota communities has been creating angst in those communities for years now. Some small part of that angst is absolutely motivated by racism and xenophobia, but a larger portion I think represents valid concerns. Locals are worried that the refugees may have an impact on crime, or a

North Dakota's Incarceration Rate Is Up 175%, But Crime Is Only Down 18%

Earlier today I wrote about North Dakota’s drunk driving laws and the impact they were having on the state’s prison population. My point is that sometimes the “get tough” approach to crime doesn’t work very well, doing far less to address the crime than assumed while doing far more to inflate the costs of law

North Dakota Sees Slight Increase In 2013 Crime Rate, But Down From 2002

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem’s office released their annual state crime report for 2013. It’s a bit of a mixed bag. Rapes, driving under the influence offenses and murders were all down in 2013 from 2012. But drug cases were way, way up. Overall, the state’s number of violent index crimes increased 7.4 percent. Put in

Why Are We Counting People Charged, Not People Convicted, For Western North Dakota Crime?

“Number of federal defendants up 31% in western North Dakota,” reads the Mike Nowatzki headline in the Fargo Forum. The numbers were released by North Dakota’s hyper-partisan US Attorney Tim Purdon (you know, the duck guy) who says “I don’t expect that to stop anytime soon.” First, this is an odd metric to use. The number of defendants

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