Association for Psychological Science, 01.04.2014
Early Intervention Reduces Aggressive Behavior in Adulthood
An educational intervention program for children between kindergarten and 10th grade, known as Fast Track, reduces aggressive behavior later in life, according to research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.
Male-Dominated Societies Are Not More Violent
Conventional wisdom and scientific arguments have claimed that societies with more men than women, such as China, will become more violent, but a University of California, Davis, study has found that a male-biased sex ratio does not lead to more crime.
The Nation, 01.04.2014
A Captivating Mind
How Georgi Markov became the truth-teller of Bulgaria’s communist era, and paid for it with his life.
The Argus, 01.04.2014
Voluntary Tagging Reduces Reoffending
As part of a successful trial initiative, convicts in Sussex have been given the option of wearing tags to help stop them from reoffending. The tags, which are entirely voluntary, provide Sussex Police with live information about the wearer’s movements.
The Guardian, 01.04.2014
Police fail to recognise that abuse often lies behind women's offending
The Prison Reform Trust and HMIC highlight links between women's offending and domestic and sexual violence, yet the criminal justice system still isn't joining up the dots
The Atlantic, 01.04.2014
What I Learned About Stop-and-Frisk From Watching My Black Son
The “special tax” on men of color is more than an inconvenience. A father shares his firsthand observations and fears.
SPIEGEL ONLINE, 01.04.2014
'Most Germans Don't Share These Concerns'
The head of Germany's agency in charge of counterintelligence reviews the new book by the reporters behind SPIEGEL's NSA coverage. He says many fears raised are overplayed, but also warns people need to take greater care with their data.
Vanity Fair, 01.04.2014
The Chaos Company
Wherever governments can’t—or won’t—maintain order, from oil fields in Africa to airports in Britain and nuclear facilities in America, the London-based “global security” behemoth G4S has been filling the void. It is the world’s third-largest private-sector employer and commands a force three times the size of the British military. On-site in South Sudan with G4S ordnance-disposal teams, William Langewiesche learns just how dirty the job can get, and how perilous the company’s control.
Bullying happens to popular teens too
A new University of California, Davis, study suggests that for most adolescents, becoming more popular both increases their risk of getting bullied and worsens the negative consequences of being victimized, perhaps because they feel they have "farther to fall."
University of Missouri-Columbia, 02.04.2014
Criticism of Violent Video Games Has Decreased as Technology Has Improved, Gamers Age, MU Study Finds
Gaming journalists, video gamers have become more tolerant of violence as it has become more life-like
Minimum alcohol pricing and ban on e-cigarettes could be introduced in Wales under radical new proposals to improve the nation's health
The Welsh Government is publishing a white paper outlining a number of measures to tackle major public health challenges.
The Atlantic, 02.04.2014
Treating Drug Use as a Disease, Not a Crime
A Pew Research study today says jail is not the place for non-violent drug users.
University of Huddersfield, 03.04.2014
Measuring crime risk on the London Underground
Researcher works with Transport for London developing an algorithm to calculate the probability of where theft is most likely
London Review of Books, 03.04.2014
Suspects into Collaborators
Peter Neumann argues that Assad has himself to blame.
Peter Neumann is professor of security studies at King’s College London. He currently leads a research project on the Syrian conflict and the future of the global jihadist movement.
Toronto Star, 04.04.2014
Finding a cure for hate
Is hatred, of the magnitude of the Rwandan genocide, a public health issue, like STDs and measles? A group at the U of T wants to find out.
The Trayvon Martin case: Lessons for education researchers
Controversial case not only about race and class, but gender and sexism, researcher says
The Week UK, 04.04.2014
Scotland Yard policing its own officers with 'culture of fear'
Report hears that figure fiddling is 'rife' in London as Met Police officers chase performance targets
The Telegraph, 04.04.2014
New rules ban bailiffs from seizing 'essential' items including computers and mobiles
New laws are to be brought in to curb anti-social bailiffs. The changes will prohibit bailiffs from entering homes at night and from using physical force against debtors. Bailiffs will also be prevented from entering homes when only children are present, and from taking household essentials such as washing machines. The changes will come into effect on 6 April 2014 and follow Ministry of Justice consultation on the debt collection industry last year.
New York Times, 05.04.2014
Army Base Shooting Highlights Difficulty in Identifying At-Risk Soldiers
ERICA GOODE and ERIC SCHMITTAPRIL
New York Times, 07.04.2014
When Youth Violence Spurred ‘Superpredator’ Fear
After a surge of teen violence in the early 1990s, some social scientists predicted the future was going to be a whole lot worse. Reality proved otherwise.
Can Cannabis Cut Car Crashes?
If more pot smoking means less drinking, legalization could make the roads safer.
Children see domestic violence that often goes unreported, research finds
Young witnesses suffer fear, anxiety while perpetrators rarely face jail time, according to study
New research shows huge disparities between the decisions made by coroners
Huddersfield researcher calls for national Coroners' Service in England and Wales to avoid the current postcode lottery
Criminals paying more than ever to help victims
Funding for Victims Services
Criminals are paying more money than ever before to help victims of crime. An increase in the penalties judges can impose on criminals from 2012 is ensuring criminals are forced to pay the price for their wrongdoing. £14 million of new funding is now being taken directly from to provide vital services to help victims recover from the effects of crime
Human trafficking gang jailed
Members of A criminal gang responsible for trafficking Hungarian women into the UK to take part in sham marriages has been jailed for more than 13 years, following a UK investigation supported by Europol.
What do burglars look for when targeting a house? Thieves spill beans to police - find out how you can put them off
Convicted burglars are helping to reduce crime by giving crime prevention tips to potential victims. The information, which includes what burglars look for when targeting a house, derive from comments given by the offenders when interviewed by the police:
Poor neighborhoods create misfortune, ill health
Life-altering events lead to anxiety, depression, host of health problems
Police News, 09.04.2014
3 ways to bring use-of-force training to small police departments
How do small- and medium-sized departments — which are already stretched thin — keep training up on such a dynamic concept as legal use of force?
Violence intervention program effective in Vanderbilt pilot study
Violent behavior and beliefs among middle school students can be reduced through the implementation of a targeted violence intervention program, according to a Vanderbilt study released in the Journal of Injury and Violence Research.
Age Does Not Predict Success For Individuals Sentenced To Court-based Mental Health Treatment Programs
Older adults in treatment programs experience the same challenges as younger participants
How widespread is tax evasion?
New study puts a cost on 'round-tripping,' a method investors use to avoid the tax collector
Ethnically diverse neighbourhoods 'safer'
Residents of ethnically diverse neighbourhoods can expect to experience fewer assaults than residents of neighbourhoods with little or no ethnic diversity, according to a new way of measuring violence.
The Australian, 10.04.2014
Police put increase in sex crimes down to inquiries giving victims courage to speak out
Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said most of the offences were committed by people the victims knew.
‘Police complacency, inertia and lack of leadership’ are under attack as MPs’ damning report finds we cannot rely on police statistics
Research News, 17.04.2014
Guns aren’t the only things killing cops
John Violanti's latest book explores the unusual health risks police officers face in their jobs.
Local homicide rate increases cause more elementary students to fail school
A new study finds that an increase in a municipality's homicide rate causes more elementary school students in that community to fail a grade than would do so if the rate remained stable.
Irish Examiner, 18.04.2014
More red tape or a better thin blue line?
A police authority will uncouple the close relationship between the justice minister and Garda commissioner.
Mental illness not usually linked to crime, research finds
Most offenders didn't display pattern of crime related to mental illness symptoms over their lifetime, according to study
Why your fingerprints may not be unique
Assumption that everyone has a unique fingerprint from which they can be identified through a computer database is flawed, says Home Office expert Mike Silverman
Cincinnati Business Courier, 21.04.2014
Has Cincinnati’s large police force led to reduced crime?
Cincinnati saw a 20 percent reduction in violent crime from 2010 to 2012 while also having the 23rd-largest police force in the country on a per-capita basis, according to a study by Nerdwallet.com.
Regulating legal marijuana could be guided by lessons from alcohol and tobacco, study says
As U.S. policymakers consider ways to ease prohibitions on marijuana, the public health approaches used to regulate alcohol and tobacco over the past century may provide valuable lessons, according to new RAND Corporation research.
Almost one-third of Canadian adults have experienced child abuse
Increased link to mental disorders, suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts
The Guardian, 22.04.2014
Why prison isn't working for women
Psychologist Stephanie Covington believes understanding trauma can help staff appreciate that women in jail can be victims too
The American Prospect, 22.04.2014
How Big Data Could Undo Our Civil-Rights Laws
From "reverse redlining" to selling out a pregnant teenager to her parents, the advance of technology could render obsolete our landmark civil-rights and anti-discrimination laws.
The Guardian, 22.04.2014
Gratuitous criticism will not help the police to improve
Politicians' sweeping condemnation of police leadership may bring short-term political gain, but it will undermine the future of the service
Clovis News Journal, 22.04.2014
Gang affiliation has long-term impact
A recent study gives new meaning to “gang mentality.” Because, mentally, gang members — even short-timers — are more likely to become lifelong losers.
The Atlantic, 22.04.2014
Everything We Know About Early Childhood Has Changed Since Head Start
50 years of research—and "Sesame Street"—have changed our understanding of how to best help disadvantaged kids.
Janell Ross, Amy Sullivan
Daily Beast, 22.04.2014
America’s Recidivism Nightmare
A new government study shows a disturbing trend for the prison population.
New York Times, 22.04.2014
Bragging of Safety While Many Live in Fear
The twin holes resemble diamond studs, and a crack in the glass curls, as graceful as an eyelash along the lobby window.
The Atlantic, 23.04.2014
Why Corporations Fail to Do the Right Thing
Six reasons why international business remains dangerous to workers and the environment, even when its leaders genuinely want to do better
The Age, 23.04.2014
Revengeful fathers kill children to punish mum
Men who kill their children do so to punish the mother, experts say, with the final act of revenge often punctuating a history of domestic violence.
Stop your sons joining war in Syria, urges Metropolitan police
Counter-terrorism officers make plea to Muslim women as more young men head off to fight in civil war
Vikram Dodd, Sandra Laville
The Guardian, 23.04.2014
Rising alcohol prices credited for drop in serious violence
Fewer people sought A&E treatment as a result of violence last year, study finds, and fall in binge drinking may be a reason