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Newest Woman on Florida’s Death Row

Woman Sentenced To Death For Killing Housekeeper - County By County News Story - WFTV OrlandoThis lady will join Tiffany Cole on the row this month. She worried so much about the last girl, Emillia Carr. I remember her telling me how she worried about the girl and knew how hard it was to come to prison all alone.Death row in Florida now holds three women. Tiffany Cole, Emillia Car and Margaret Allen.Margret story is told like this on the Florida Dept of Corections website: BF, born 1/23/66, was sentenced to death from Brevard County on May 19, 2011 for torturing and killing her housekeeper, Wenda Wright, whom she thought had stolen money from her purse. The jury unanimously voted for the death penalty for her. She also got a life sentence for kidnapping. Prosecutors said the torture went on for hours before Wright was strangled with a belt. Allen's roommate, James Martin, and nephew, Quinton Allen, were both convicted for their part in helping her try to bury the body in a shallow…
Psychology and Psychiatry in Courts and Corrections: Controversy and Change (Wiley series of personality processes)

Psychologists have had a changing and ever more important yet controversial role in corrections and criminal justice throughout history. Each department of criminal justice calls for a distinctly different need in psychology. In turn, psychologists can perform greatly different duties in each sector of criminal justice.
Law Enforcement
Law enforcement agents can be put in dangerous situations. Their lives are put in danger every day. When dangerous and violent occurrences happen to police officers it is no different than when it happens to civilians. It can be traumatic and life changing. Psychologists are used in law enforcement to help officers deal with traumatic situations.
When an officer must pull his weapon and fire upon another human being that alone can be stressful. However, if that person should die at the hands of the officer it can be very traumatic. Killi…
Mad about murder? Crazy about carnage? Does the thought of Ted Bundys tirades give you the tingles? True crime fans, serial killer buffs and murderabilia collectors take heed. Birdy's Bar & Grill in Indianapolis will house a homage to famous murders and murderers throughout the world on May 28th, 2011. They are calling it The Crime Scene.

The brain child of Matthew Aaron, Joe Hiles and John Borowski, The Crime Scene offers a look at murder and menace from a different perspective. The serial killer art on display from the collections of Joe Hiles and Matthew Aaron will surprise and terrify you. Examine the art of John Gacy, Charles Manson and Richard Ramirez. Study the photos taken by Joel Rifkin before his deadly crime spree. This unique opportunity to learn serial killers from the inside out goes beyond any media headlines you've ever read.

Wander over to see the first ever screening of John Borowski's newest documentary Panzram: The Spirit of Hatred and Vengeance, t…
Contrary to popular belief, inmates can and do email. This is not to say they all have access to the Internet but they all do have access to email.

JPay, a popular money sending service for inmates, has an email function. They also offer a video chat service. Not all prisons allow this service. I have personally used this service for correspondence with Kelly Gissendaner and money transactions for Tiffany Cole.
Emailing A Prisoner is another email site. This one sends pics as well which most do not. I have not tried this site but there are a lot of features that look pretty convenient. They hide your address if your uncertain about the inmate and the entire service costs only $1.00.
CorrLinks is an emailing service set up by the Bureau of Prisons. The tax payers don't pay a thing for this but instead, the ginormous extra funds that inmates pay for commissary (think $2.50 for a honey bun)goes toward the cost of this service.

Most county jails do not have this service. You may find on…
How is Math Used in Criminal Justice?

Real World Projects for Math & Criminal Justice

Math and criminal justice are entertwined in many ways. Traffic cops, balistics experts and crime scene investigators all us math on a daily basis during the course of their jobs. Students of criminal justice undertake real world projects to strengthen their understanding of math and criminal justice.

Statistics
Statistics are used regularly by those who research the criminal justice field. Mathematical applications like mean, median and mode, as well as histograms and percentages are all used when figuring and presenting criminal justice information. The United States Bureau of Justice Statistics compiles reports of this information available for public viewing. Using actual statistics on the states with the highest rates of crime, student can perform a real world interpretation of the information and determine the safest place to live in the country. This interpretation is comprised of compar…
Barbara Starr Smith barely escaped the death penalty this week even though she murdered two people including an infant and attempted to kill another.

She had a romance with a man named Romeo and married him. By all accounts of family and coworkers she was a hard working woman and a loyal loving wife. She had never so much as received a traffic ticket in her whole life.

Her husband had moved to the U.S. from Jamica with a woman he claimed was his cousin, simone Dixon. Turns out it was his lover and he married Barbara only to recieve a green card.

Once he had it he knocked up his girlfriend and the happy couple continued to live in Barbaras home.In true Betty Broderick style, Barbara lost it. In a woman scorned fury she shot and killed her husband, shot the girlfriend and took the 4 month old baby daughter the two shared. She took the little girl to a parking area, covered her head with a jacket and shot her twice in the head.

While her crimes are hideous the judge and both sets of at…