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You'd better start burying your Benjamins in the backyard -- the days of C-note might be numbered. In a recent academic paper, the former head of Standard Chartered Bank argues that high-denomination currency notes contribute to tax evasion, financial crime, and terrorism, and taking them off the market could deter criminals.

Wait, how can banning big bills battle law-breakers?

D.C. Might Pay People to Not Commit Crime

You know the old saying, "crime doesn't pay," but did you know that there could come a time when you get paid to not commit crime? A bill under consideration in Washington D.C. proposes to provide stipends to 50 people annually to learn life skills and avoid crime.

The proposal is not the first of its kind. The D.C. proposal is modeled on an existent program and would create a new office to identify individuals "who pose a high risk of participating in or being a victim of violent criminal activity," reports The New York Times.

We're just over a month into 2016 and already New York City has seen a significant spike in knife attack numbers. The New York Daily News reports slashings and stabbings have jumped 24 percent over the same period last year, with 381 incidents in 2016 alone.

The rise in knife attacks comes at the same time the city's knife laws are under federal judicial review. So what are the knife laws in NYC, and why are they not working?

Until recently, the private sale of guns was largely unregulated. If you had a rifle and a friend who wanted to buy it, that was OK. And if you had multiple firearms for sale, you could simply take them to a gun show and sell them there, without the hassling of registering as a firearms dealer and performing background checks.

But selling guns privately isn't as easy, or legal, as it once was.

In an op-ed published in The Washington Post, President Barack Obama announced that he would prohibit solitary confinement for juveniles being held in federal prisons. The president pointed to the devastating and lasting psychological consequences of solitary confinement, as well as the need to give offenders a second chance as reasons for the ban.

The measure comes one day after the Supreme Court expanded the prohibition on mandatory life sentences without parole for juvenile offenders and amidst larger efforts from both parties in Congress to reform the criminal justice system as a whole, and sentencing and prisons in particular.

Are There Defenses to a Statutory Rape Charge?

Statutory rape is an unusual crime with very few defenses. Even if an underage partner consents to sex, relations with that partner are against the law and will be charged criminally, regardless of use of force.

People below a certain age cannot legally consent to sex. Statutory rape laws exist to protect children, even from themselves, so if a youth says they are of age to consent, that has historically not been a defense. Meanwhile, the consequences for an adult charged with this crime have been severe. But as times and norms have changed, states too have started to modify the laws.

Obviously, possessing illegal drugs anywhere can get you into trouble. But all states and even the federal government have increased penalties for possession in so-called drug-free zones like schools.

So when do these laws apply, what do they look like, and what are the possible penalties for bringing drugs to school?

Gun violence, and the laws intended to curb it, has increasingly become the central focus of politicians, legislators, citizens, and courts. And judging from recent laws and rulings, that won't change any time soon.

One of those new laws is California's "gun violence restraining order," which allows police to seize and destroy firearms possessed by mentally ill people. How does this law permit legal gun seizures, and under what other circumstances may police legally seize guns?

President Barack Obama broke down in tears while introducing an executive order on gun control and condemning the gun violence and Congressional inaction that necessitated it. "Each time this comes up," the president said, "we are fed the excuse that common-sense reforms like background checks might not have stopped the last massacre, or the one before that, or the one before that, so why bother trying. I reject that thinking."

Obama's use of an executive order to tighten gun control laws has become a lightning rod for Constitutional and political debate (all Presidents except William Henry Harrison have issued them, and Obama's total number of orders is the fewest of any two-term president since Franklin D. Roosevelt). But what does the order actually do, and how will it impact gun ownership?

Drug abuse and addiction aren't limited to illicit drugs like crack and heroin -- more and more people every year become addicted to prescription drugs. And like illegal drug abuse, abusing prescription medications can lead to serious criminal penalties.

Fines and potential jail time can vary, depending on the drug possession laws in your state. Here's an overview of the criminal penalties associated with prescription drug abuse.