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August 28, 2016

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August 28, 2016

Norwegian Prisons Rehabilitate Criminal Offenders

Aug. 24, 2016 — Criminals who are sentenced to prison are less prone to reoffend. They are also more likely to work, shows a new Norwegian ... read more

Private Detention of Immigrants Deters Family Visits, Study Finds

Aug. 23, 2016 — Immigrants detained in a privately run detention facility while awaiting deportation decisions are far less likely than those held in county or city jails to receive visits from their children, a new ... read more

Protecting Plain Tobacco Packaging Against Industry Influence

Aug. 22, 2016 — Canada's public consultation on plain packaging for tobacco requires strict guidelines to protect against interference by the tobacco industry, and media must also be wary, according to a new ... 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

Who Are You? Squatters Can Actually Help a Neighborhood

Aug. 21, 2016 — Squatters who illegally occupy vacant homes or buildings are not always contributing to apathy or social disorder, says a new ... read more

Live-Streaming Crime

Aug. 3, 2016 — In a new study, researchers examine the legal rights of people to record and live stream and any potential right to be free from being recorded and streamed in public ... read more

Forensic Research Finds Bone Density Affects Size of Bullet Holes

Aug. 3, 2016 — A proof-of-concept study finds that the density of bones in the skull affects the size of bullet holes in the skull. The finding is useful for law enforcement officials and medical examiners seeking ... read more

Indian Pedestrian, Motorcycle Deaths Likely Much Higher Than Government Data Suggest

July 28, 2016 — Official government statistics on traffic deaths in southwest India significantly misrepresented the number of pedestrian and motorcycle deaths in the region over a two-year period, casting doubt on ... read more

Scientists Trial Fingerprint Development Method for Britain's New Polymer Banknotes

July 13, 2016 — New research into the most effective way of lifting fingerprints from polymer banknotes has been released by English ... read more

The True Cost of Crime, in Carbon Footprints

July 11, 2016 — Despite policy makers currently examining the economic and social impacts of crime, the environmental impacts have not, to date, been included, a new report ... read more

Major Differences Between Women and Men Who Commit Deadly Violence

June 17, 2016 — Women who commit deadly violence are different in many ways from male perpetrators, both in terms of the most common victims, the way in which the murder is committed, the place where it is carried ... read more

Policing: Two Officers 'on the Beat' Prevent 86 Assaults and Save Thousands in Prison Costs

June 14, 2016 — The results of a major criminology experiment in the United Kingdom suggest that investing in proactive Police Community Support Officers foot patrols targeting crime ‘hot spots’ could yield a ... read more

Witnesses Can Catch Criminals by Smell: Human Nose-Witnesses Identify Criminals in a Lineup of Body Odor

June 9, 2016 — Move over sniffer dogs, people who witnessed a crime are able to identify criminals by their smell. Police lineups normally rely on sight, but nose-witnesses can be just as reliable as eye-witnesses, ... read more

Research Finds Offender Risk Assessment Tools in US Are Promising, but Questions Remain

June 7, 2016 — The criminal justice system in the United States uses a variety of tools to assess the behavior of criminal offenders, and those risk assessments can have a significant impact on an offender's ... read more

June 6, 2016 — People with serious mental illnesses who use guns to commit suicide are often legally eligible to purchase guns, despite having a past record of an involuntary mental health examination and brief ... read more

Rape Kit Data Yield Major Implications for Sexual Assault Investigations

June 6, 2016 — Researchers discovered serial rapists are far more common than previous data suggested -- a finding that could change how sexual assaults, including so-called acquaintance rapes, are investigated. ... read more

Testing of Backlogged Rape Kits Yields New Insights Into Rapists

June 6, 2016 — Researchers discovered serial rapists are far more common than previous research suggested, a finding that could change how sexual assaults, including so-called acquaintance rapes, are investigated. ... read more

In All US Regions, Broad Support for Increasing Legal Age of Tobacco Sales

June 1, 2016 — In all nine regions of the country, a majority of adults supported increasing the minimum legal age for tobacco product sales, a new research study ... read more

Want to Conserve More Water? Target Those Who Already Save a Little

June 1, 2016 — Researchers call them “water considerate” consumers because they conserve water fairly well but could stand some improvement. These water users might be the most appropriate people to target if ... read more

International Law Allows for the Legalization of Cannabis

May 30, 2016 — The regulated cultivation and trade of cannabis for recreational use is permissible on the basis of states’ positive human rights obligations. Pleas for the regulated cultivation and trade of ... read more

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