Accidental crimes on the rise in South Korea?

Updated: Korea Herald, April 24, 2013 

The key numbers here (from yesterday's Korea Herald) in an article about rape in Korea.

* In 2011: 22,034 rapes were reported, according to the Supreme Prosecutors’ Office in Korea.
* Of those, 18,591 cases resulted in arrests with a total of 18,880 offenders being convicted.
*Only 12 percent of those found guilty, or 2,289, were sentenced to jail time.

* Based on a 2010 survey by the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family, it is believed that the sexual crime reporting rate in Korea is about 10 percent.
The article provides some information about what to do after getting raped, phone numbers to call. I don't mean to dismiss those things, but obviously the reporter ran out of space addressing: "How to protect yourself" or "How to reduce the chance you'll be raped."

Sun-Flower Women and Children’s Centerl. (Lee Sang-sub/The Korea Herald)
This site (in an article written by James Fenske) advises:

* Be armed
* Be alert when out as well as when home

* Be careful about drinking too much
* Take physical defense classes

I know the Mayor of Seoul has dubbed himself the "Welfare Mayor," is focused on tourism and shutting down profitable businesses, but one practical thing he could do is to distribute pepper spray and other self-defense items to women in the city.
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from August 27, 2010

The Korea Times has a breakdown on the increase in violent crimes in South Korea.

A few things caught my attention:

The NPA’s white paper also reported that police apprehended 2.33 million criminals across the nation in 2009. (bold added by me)
I'm no bleeding heart liberal when it comes to criminals, but being arrested doesn't make you a criminal. Giving the reporter or translator the benefit of the doubt, I will guess it means that these people have already been prosecuted, so it is safe to call them criminals?
Of the 2.33 million [people arrested in Korea last year], 448,420 committed crimes “by accident,” accounting for 19.2 percent of the total.
So that means that the other 80.8% committed the crimes "on purpose"?

The reporter doesn't mention whether or not crimes committed on accident are also on the rise.

The reporter then adds an editorial comment, in bold here:

The recidivism rates for robbery, arson, violence, theft and rape stood at 64.7 percent, 65.7 percent, 54 percent, 50 percent and 47.9 percent, respectively, indicating a more effective rehabilitation program should be introduced for violent criminals while they are in jail to stop them from repeating offenses.
Why is that the conclusion? Perhaps it is "indicating" that the death penalty needs to be used more often or that criminals need to spend more time in jail before being returned to society. 
A couple of random statistics I'll bookmark here for future reference. 
* However, five types of violent crime — murder, robbery, rape, theft and violence — jumped 8.4 percent to 590,087 last year from 544,527 in 2008. 
* The number of murders soared 24 percent to 1,374 nationwide over the one-year period, while robberies surged 32 percent to 6,351. 
* The number of burglaries reached 256,423, up 15 percent from 2008, with rape and other sex crimes rising 6.4 percent to 18,351. 
* Murders occurred most frequently from July through September when the weather was hot and humid. Robberies took place most often in May. 
The article also mentions various measures police have taken to stop crime. 
I'm sure there was a previous article hailing those measures.



Walter E. Williams on Rush Limbaugh

Professor Walter E. Williams will be hosting the Rush Limbaugh Show 8/24/10 from noon-3 p.m. EST. Thomas Sowell will be his featured guest the second hour.

In case you can't hear the show or can't wait, you can listen to me interview him back in 2007 (hit the free user button, wait for countdown, then download). We discussed reparations for slavery during one show and the minimum wage on another.

By the way, I was really thankful that he agreed to be on my show twice during the three months I was on the air. I interviewed him another time when I was a guest host and he interviewed me on the Rush Limbaugh about a paper I wrote about education in Washington, D.C.

When I contacted him and told him that I was going to have my own show and that I would be delighted if he would come on from time to time, he hesitated at first. I waited. He then said it would be okay. I know he won't do anything if it is inconvenient for himself, so I asked if there was a conflict. He said he had to be sure it would fit in his schedule because on Saturday mornings he was taking Mrs. Williams to the hospital for treatment.

She died later that year, around Christmas. I only met her once, at a retirement party for Professor Williams. He was infamous for cracking jokes about buying her insensitive gifts--such as a smaller shovel so she would not hurt her back while she was out shoveling the snow. It was hilarious stuff.

So when I met her, I asked about the things he would say on the radio. She started laughing, saying I should not believe those things he said about her, that he was a sweet guy who treated her like a princess.



Memorandum 46

The Root lists its top 10 racial conspiracy theories.

How can there be a list of racial conspiracy theories on a black website without Memorandum 46 being highlighted, if not #1 on the list?

Here's the memo.

Here's a piece Eliot Morgan and I wrote about it in 2007.

Here's a rebuttal from Rev. Walter E. Fauntroy, a former member of Congress.