►The number of homicides in Mexico rose 23 percent last year, according to data from The National Institute of Statistics and Geography. This number represents 22 killings per 100,000 people in the country. And of the 24,374 murders in 2010, government officials estimate that more than 15,000 were connected to organized crime. Two states known for extreme cartel violence, Chihuahua and Sinaloa, accounted for 29 percent of the murders. “A dozen mayors have been killed in Mexico since last year, many of them victims of violence related to drug cartels,” the Associated Press reports. A cartel leader, captured on Saturday after a gun battle with authorities, confessed to ordering around 1,500 murders in Juarez.
►The NYPD is taking point with new detection technology that could help thwart a potential radiological attack. “The technology will allow a command center in lower Manhattan to monitor 2,000 mobile radiation detectors carried by officers each day around the city. The detectors will send a wireless, real-time alert if there's a reading signaling a dirty bomb threat,” the Associated Press reports. The project is part of a bigger initiative to replicate London’s “ring of steel” in Manhattan. The plan involves 3,000 cameras being monitored around the clock and the use of video analytic software, all from a command center in Lower Manhattan.
►In 2004, Illinois became the first state to ban shackling pregnant women prisoners during labor. Since then, 12 states have followed suit. The Crime Report Blog discusses the issue, presenting perspectives from both corrections officials and nongovernmental organizations. such as Friends of Guest House. The Friends of Guest House call the practice inhumane and unnecessary, while corrections officials say it’s only done in cases where a woman poses a threat to herself or others, or is a flight risk. The debate calls attention to the fact that there are no national standards for the treatment of pregnant women under criminal justice supervision, Norhan Basuni writes.
►In other news, Forbes reports that Anonymous says it hacked FBI contractor Mantech, which responds with a statement that while it does not comment on specific attacks, it does take all reports seriously. ♦ The L.A. Times looks at trends in how often nurses and caregivers have been subject to hospital violence. ♦ And in India, victims of bomb blasts or accidents where metal is left lodged in the body are receiving special ID cards to help avoid hassles at metal detectors in airports and malls, the Times of India reports.