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September 30, 2016

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September 30, 2016

Promote Legal Alternatives to Stop Unlawful Downloading, Says Study

Sep. 15, 2016 — The promotion of legal alternatives, rather than the risk of prosecution, is more likely to change unlawful file sharing behavior, according to new ... 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

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

Taking Notes Boosts Memory of Jurors, New Study Finds

June 21, 2016 — Jurors who are allowed to take and review notes during court trials are less likely to forget critical evidence, a new study has found. This finding has important implications for justice, as jurors ... read more

Most Biodiverse Countries Spending Least on Conservation, Study Finds

June 20, 2016 — Countries that contain most of the world's species biodiversity are also spending the least on a per-person basis to protect these natural assets, according to scientists. The authors also noted ... 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

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