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July 6, 2015

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July 6, 2015

'Broken Windows' Theory of Neighborhood Crime Too Broad to Be Effective

June 17, 2015 — Traditional signals for opportunities for crime may not be representative of the whole neighborhood, a new study concludes. By understanding how opportunities for crime and criminal behavior exists ... read more

Processing Arrested Juveniles as Adults Has Small Effect on Their Recidivism

June 9, 2015 — Researchers have found a three to five percent reduction in the probability of criminal recidivism among a sample of juveniles arrested for felony drug offenses, some of whom were processed as adults ... read more

Black Athletes Stereotyped Negatively in Media Compared to White Athletes

June 2, 2015 — New research has revealed racial stereotyping in the way media portray athletes. Researchers found that media stories on African-American athletes focus primarily on criminal actions while stories ... read more

Interpersonal Conflict Is the Strongest Predictor of Community Crime and Misconduct

June 2, 2015 — Neighborhoods with more interpersonal conflict, such as domestic violence and landlord/tenet disputes, see more serious crime according to a new study. Private conflict was a better predictor of ... read more

News May Influence Racial Bias

May 28, 2015 — A recent study suggests that long-term exposure to news may negatively influence racial bias towards social ... read more

Health Factors Influence Ex-Prisoners' Chances of Returning to Jail

May 28, 2015 — Ex-prisoners with a history of risky drug use, mental illness or poverty are more likely to end up back behind bars. Those who are obese, are chronically ill or have attempted suicide are more likely ... read more

ER Doctors Stress Need for Good Communications With Police

May 26, 2015 — Not surprisingly, differences of opinion arise from time to time over a health care worker's duty to protect patient privacy and the police need to conduct a criminal investigation. A good ... read more

May 21, 2015 — Researchers have determined that a tunnel bomb explosion by Syrian rebels was less than 60 tons as claimed by sources. Using seismic stations in Turkey, the scientists created a method to determine ... read more

Study Identifies Barriers to Intimate Partner Violence Services

May 19, 2015 — Texas has a shortage of beds for survivors of intimate partner violence, and although alternatives may be offered, survivors may find themselves isolated from much-needed services, such as crisis ... read more

Nudge, Don't Judge, Shoplifters

May 19, 2015 — Specially designed shopping centers geared at encouraging shoplifters to think twice before they commit a crime are the way forward, according to ... read more

Those Who Believe in Pure Evil Support More Harsh Criminal Punishments, Study Finds

May 14, 2015 — People who believe in pure evil are more likely support sentences such as life in prison without parole and the death penalty for criminals, a psychology study finds. The researchers added that ... read more

The Social Network: The Changing Face of a London Street Gang

Apr. 24, 2015 — With 225 gangs currently reported to be operating in London, gang culture is a burning issue in England's capital. Yet, despite a wealth of literature on the matter, the outdated notion of gangs ... read more

Protocol Developed for Preserving Forensic Evidence After a Terrorist Attack

Apr. 21, 2015 — Pathologists have developed a set of protocols for processing and preserving forensic evidence, such as shrapnel, bullets and other projectiles, in surgical specimens (i.e. amputated limbs, injured ... read more

To Improve Bicycle Safety, Crash Reports Need to Capture More Data

Apr. 2, 2015 — American researchers are calling upon police in all states to improve their reporting of crashes involving vehicles and bicycles. Currently, details on crashes are handwritten by police on paper and ... read more

Domestic Violence Victims May Be Hurt by Mandatory Arrest Laws

Mar. 26, 2015 — Mandatory arrest is a law enforcement policy that was created in an effort to curb domestic violence in the United States. But a recent study by sociologists suggests that the law may be intimidating ... read more

Mar. 23, 2015 — A parenting trial that aims to improve child behavior in Panama City – the place with the eighth highest murder rate in the world -- has been piloted by researchers. "We felt that a lack of ... read more

Kindergarten and Crime: Students Who Started School Later More Likely to Drop Out, Commit Crimes

Mar. 19, 2015 — Children who are older when they start kindergarten do well in the short term, academically and socially. But as teenagers, these old-for-grade students are more likely to drop out and commit serious ... read more

On the Origin of Theory: Were Forensic Examiners First to Uncover 'Ecological Succession'?

Mar. 18, 2015 — Generations of students have learned that "ecological succession" originated with plant scientists. Yet, according to a new article, it was forensic examiners who first explored the ... read more

Depictions of Race on TV News Can Influence Perception of Police

Mar. 16, 2015 — Depictions of race on television news programs can strongly influence support for police among non-white viewers, research shows. "Black men and women -- particularly black men -- are ... read more

Australian Police Not Prepared for Death Investigations, Researchers Say

Mar. 16, 2015 — Police are ill-equipped to investigate non-criminal deaths and face a challenge to avoid re-traumatizing bereaved families as well as emotionally protecting themselves, according to Australian ... read more

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