Morning Security Brief: Tragedy in Arizona, California's Prison Woes, and Better Credit Card Fraud Detection

By Sherry Harowitz


► The nation's prayers (and ours) go to Congresswoman Gabriella Giffords and the other survivors of the shooting rampage that occurred Saturday. Six people died from the gunshots, including a nine-year-old girl born on 9-11. While the investigation is ongoing, early reports suggest that the alleged shooter, Jared Loughner, was suffering from mental problems and that his mental state was likely more at the root of the incident than any political agenda. Some congressional representatives are now increasing security. Loughner, now in custody, is due in court today. Five federal charges have been filed against him.

► In other news, The Crime Report has an interview with California's head of prisons to discuss that state's long list of problems with the prison system. A case regarding overcrowding in California's prisons is before the U.S. Supreme Court. California has the worst ricidivism rate in the nation. And a report on Yahoo News looks at how Visa has upgraded systems to catch criminals. It "can catch more fraud because its developers figured out ways for the software to look for more signs of bad behavior at once," says the report.



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