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February 21, 2017

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February 21, 2017

Study Reveals Public Perception of Police and Body-Worn Cameras

Jan. 26, 2017 — There is a push to expand the use of body-worn cameras (BWCs) in policing. Yet, limited research and only anecdotal evidence suggests that the public supports using them in law enforcement. Results ... read more

It's Time to Stop Using Bite Marks in Forensics, Experts Argue

Dec. 1, 2016 — Researchers are increasingly skeptical about the validity of bite-mark identification as trial evidence. A new paper describes the legal basis for the rise of bite-mark identification and reviews ... read more

Nov. 1, 2016 — You may have seen it on CSI: The star examines hair from a crime scene and concludes its color or texture looks like the defendant’s hair, or maybe his dog’s. Case closed. But looks can be ... read more

Oct. 26, 2016 — Hexavalent chromium, a carcinogen made famous by the movie Erin Brockovich, is far more abundant in drinking water wells in North Carolina than previously thought, a new study ... read more

Employees Can Get Away With Unethical Behavior When They Imitate Higher-Ups

Oct. 18, 2016 — If higher-ups in a company are getting away with unethical behavior, chances are other employees are too, according to a new ... read more

Medical Ethicists Challenge Court Ruling on Lethal Injection in Alabama Case

Oct. 18, 2016 — Court orders demanding death row inmates to provide "specific, detailed and concrete alternatives" to a state's lethal injection protocol compel those inmates to produce evidence that ... read more

Forensic Science Report May Have Significant Implications for Criminal Justice System, Legal Expert Says

Sep. 29, 2016 — Forensic science has long been a standard tool in criminal investigations. However, much of the forensic evidence presented in court lacks actual science that demonstrates its reliability, a legal ... read more

Sep. 29, 2016 — The introduction of wearable cameras led to a 93% drop in complaints made against police by the public – suggesting the cameras result in behavioral changes that ‘cool down’ potentially ... read more

Large Immigration Numbers Don’t Lead to High Levels of Crime, New UK Research Shows

Sep. 29, 2016 — It is common to equate high levels of immigration with increases in the crime rate. But the precise opposite can be true, according to a criminology expert who has carried out in-depth statistical ... read more

First Estimates of Judicial Costs of Crime, from Homicide to Theft

Sep. 12, 2016 — When considering the costs of crime, most discussion focuses on the price of incarceration of criminals and the cost faced by victims of criminal activity. A new study focuses on the cost of ... read more

Sep. 12, 2016 — New apparatus is able to visualize fingerprints ranging from freshly deposited to 10 days old, immersed in a fluid, exposed to dust particles or manually wiped, researchers report. The technique can ... read more

Study Explores Youths' Motivations for Painting Graffiti

Sep. 8, 2016 — Youth who paint graffiti on businesses and public property, also called street taggers, say they don’t view their actions as criminal because they are not injuring anyone and the graffiti can be ... read more

Cost of Incarceration in the U.S. More Than $1 Trillion

Sep. 7, 2016 — The cost of incarceration in the United States exceeds $1 trillion, or six percent of gross domestic product, and dwarfs the amount spent on corrections alone, finds a new ... read more

Humans May Be Uniquely Identified by the Proteins in Their Hair

Sep. 7, 2016 — Unique protein markers in hair could be used alongside DNA profiling for human identification, according to a new ... read more

Study Generates Soviet Anthrax Pathogen Genome from Autopsy Specimens

Sep. 7, 2016 — A new study used deep DNA sequencing methods to generate the anthrax genome sequence from the victims of the 1979 anthrax outbreak in Sverdlovsk, Russia, when it was part of the ... read more

Testing Backlogged Sexual Assault Kits Prevents Future Rapes and Saves Victims Millions

Sep. 7, 2016 — Testing backlogged sexual assault kits leads to the imprisonment of more rapists -- preventing future sexual assaults and saving would-be victims and communities millions of dollars, according to a ... read more

Youth Crimes Spike Immediately After Drinking Age

Aug. 31, 2016 — A new study in Canada has shown that minimum legal drinking age legislation can have a major effect on crimes committed by young adults. Young people just older than the legal age had significant ... read more

Watching a Lot of TV Makes You More Susceptible to Everyday Myths

Aug. 22, 2016 — People who watch a lot of television are more likely to be susceptible to everyday myths -- irrespective of their age, education or gender. This is the basic finding of a media study. In the recent ... read more

Why Prisons Continue to Grow, Even When Crime Declines

Aug. 22, 2016 — A new study may help explain why the number of people in prison in the United States continued to rise, even as the crime rate declined significantly. A sociologist found that the US criminal justice ... read more

Data on Taxi Routes, Points of Interest May Improve Crime Predictions

Aug. 16, 2016 — Data on how taxis travel through communities and on how people label points of interest on social media could help analysts and criminologists better understand neighborhood crime rates in a city, ... read more

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