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Todays crime related press reports collected by Prof. Thomas Görgen, German Police University

Los Angeles Times, 01.04.2015

Islamic State's apparent expansion may be deceptive

Laura King, Shashank Bengali and Alexandra Zavis

EurekAlert!, 02.04.2015

Statistical analysis reveals Mexican drug war increased homicide rates

American Statistical Association

The Conversation, 02.04.2015

New DNA technique means pointing the finger at the right identical twin just got easier

DNA profiling is a powerful tool, but being faced with identical DNA from identical genes has been a problem - until now.

Graham Williams

Rolling Stone, 05.04.2015

An anatomy of a journalistic failure

Sheila Coronel, Steve Coll, Derek Kravitz

EurekAlert!, 06.04.2015

Young guns: Study finds high firearm violence rate in high-risk youth after assault injury

Research done in an urban emergency department suggests this may be a prime location for efforts to intervene and stop the cycle of firearm violence.

University of Michigan Health System

Newswise, 06.04.2015

Cold, Callous and Untreatable? Not All Psychopaths Fit the Stereotype, Says New Study

Many Mask Unmanageable Emotion, Can Be Helped with Right Therapy

Citations Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology

Washington Post, 06.04.2015

Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner is in complete denial

Erik Wemple

Open Democracy, 07.04.2015

After tyranny, how can we rebuild trust?

The deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner demand police reform. Could South Africa provide a model for improving community-police relations in the US?
New York Times online, 07.04.2015

New Jersey Centenarian Killed Wife With Ax Before Committing Suicide, Police Say


The Conversation, 07.04.2015

Online harassment is a form of violence

Technology violence is a term that encompasses all types of harassment and abuse that occurs online and serves to control or intimidate women in particular.

Jenny Ostini, Susan Hopkins

Scientific American, 07.04.2015

How to Help the Growing Female Prison Population

Mary Ellen Mastrorilli

The Conversation, 07.04.2015

Rwanda: how to deal with a million genocide suspects

To mark the 21st anniversary of the Rwandan genocide: lessons from the "gacaca" courts, the country's unique and ambitious community justice initiative.

Hollie N Brehm

The Root, 07.04.2015

‘Banning the Box’ Helps Prisoners Become People

In Virginia, former inmates will no longer have to check a box on employment applications saying whether or not they have been convicted of a felony. Should this be the standard nationwide?

Jolie A. Doggett

Middle East Online, 07.04.2015

The right way to end terrorism

That yesterday’s terrorist is today’s state leader has been a global commonplace for 70 years. Perhaps it is time to retire the word, and the concept, of terrorism. Isn’t it time we assessed the effectiveness of the war on terror since 2001 in the light of its declared aims?

Alain Gresh

Pacific Standard, 07.04.2015

Does News About False Rape Allegations Hurt Rape Victims?

There's not a lot of research about this, but the science that does exist suggests yes

Francie Diep

Huffington Post, 08.04.2015

Mindfulness in Policing

Sarah Sayeed

Open Democracy, 08.04.2015

Community policing? Achieving more realistic results

It has become fashionable for first-world donors to embrace ‘community policing’ for developing-world security programmes. But context is everything.

Lisa Denney

The Conversation, 08.04.2015

When jihadists post selfies the government struggles to respond

Governments around the world are grappling with how to fight radicalisation in the age of social media.

Noor Huda Ismail

EurekAlert!, 08.04.2015

Nearly 1 in 10 adults have impulsive anger issues and access to guns

Duke University Medical Center

EurekAlert!, 08.04.2015

Brain scans reveal how people 'justify' killing

Monash University

EurekAlert!, 08.04.2015

Sex crimes more common in certain families

Karolinska Institutet

RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty, 08.04.2015

Interview: Women Joining IS Usually Have Personal Connection

Western women who have traveled to IS-controlled lands and who have married militants there offer advice to potential "jihadi brides" via social media, while Russian-speaking women in IS issued a call for other "sisters" to come and join them in Syria.
BBC News, 08.04.2015

Can anti-rape poster campaigns help prevent attacks?

Sussex Police have caused anger on social media and from anti-rape groups for publishing a poster which appears to blame victims for being attacked.

Laura Wignall

Defense One, 08.04.2015

The Islamic State’s Cyber War Crimes

The Islamic State group's grisly videos are much more than a mere record of war crimes.

David Fidler

Dailyuw Posted, 08.04.2015

The new science of crime

Eleanor Cummins

Daily Mail Published, 08.04.2015

How killers are made: Brain scans reveal the way in which people justify murder

Scans pinpointed a brain region called the lateral orbitofrontal cortex The more guilt participants felt the greater the response in this region It may provide insights into how people are desensitised to violence

Ellie Zolfagharifard

New York Times, 09.04.2015

Scant Data Frustrates Efforts to Assess Number of Shootings by Police


The Conversation, 09.04.2015

We must decry all police violence, not just what’s caught on video

We still blindly accept the police accounts of their behaviour. Why?

Peter Bloom

EurekAlert!, 09.04.2015

The benefits of storytelling in video games

New York Times, 09.04.2015

In the Boston Marathon Bombing, a Verdict, but Few Answers

MASHA GESSEN, 09.04.2015

Risk of sex offending linked to genetic factors, study finds

Male relatives of sex offenders five times more likely to commit similar crimes, and 40% of risk is genetic, study suggests.

Hannah Devlin

The Conversation, 09.04.2015

The power of public shaming, for good and for ill

Public shaming has a long history and has now gone online through social media. But shame can also be a powerful force to encourage positive behavioural change.

Lydia Woodyatt, 09.04.2015

When are you most likely to be the victim of alcohol-related crime?

Discover the most intense periods of alcohol-fuelled offending according to hour-by-hour data compiled by the Office for National Statistics

David Barrett, Home Affairs Correspondent, 09.04.2015

Prison is punishment enough. But in the US, inmates also face violence and humiliation

Jonathan Simon

Newswise Released, 09.04.2015

Tennessee Poison Center Warns Against Designer Drug “N-bomb”

Newswise — The relatively new synthetic drug 251-NBOMe, or “N bomb,” has been associated with the deaths of at least 17 people in the United States since 2010, when it first became available over the Internet, often marketed as “legal” or “natural” LSD.
Newswise Released, 10.04.2015

WVU Study Finds That Women Are More Likely to Be Physically Assaulted in Developed Countries

Newswise — When researchers examine violent assault numbers, historically the data has pointed to higher rates of female victimization in developing countries.
The Economist, 11.04.2015

The net closes

The web’s two largest drug markets go down, panicking dealers and buyers.
The Conversation, 13.04.2015

Second-generation immigrant kids have an edge in academics

A new study has found that second-generation immigrant kids have a unique advantage over first-generation or even third-generation immigrants.

Mylien Duong, Postdoctoral fellow at University of Washington (blog), 13.04.2015

How many crimes does your police department solve?

Charles Kuffner

RE/CODE, 13.04.2015

Cyber Crime Still on the Rise, Using Nine Basic Attack Methods

Arik Hesseldahl

The Conversation, 13.04.2015

Is downloading really stealing? The ethics of digital piracy

Downloading copyrighted material without permission is illegal, but is it morally equivalent to stealing a DVD?

Christian Barry, Head of the School of Philosophy at Australian National University

EurekAlert, 14.04.2015

Disabled girls vulnerable to abuse by carers and partners due to isolation and incapacity

University of Leeds Disabled girls and women are vulnerable to abuse by carers and partners because of their isolation and physical incapacity, new research says.
EurekAlert, 14.04.2015

Violent video games not linked to aggression in adults with autism

Effects of violent games on aggression are similar for adults with and without autism, study finds University of Missouri-Columbia
EurekAlert, 14.04.2015

Opioid relapse rates fall after jail release, according to pilot study

NYU Langone Medical Center / New York University School of Medicine
The Conversation, 14.04.2015

We must talk to terrorists to restore their humanity – and ours

Talking to individual terrorists, rather than negotiating with groups, is the only way to move past violence and towards real mutual understanding. Authors Simon McMahon, Research Fellow at Coventry University Heaven Crawley, Coventry University

Math Noortman, Professor of Transnational Law and Non State Actors at Coventry University

Washington Post (blog), 15.04.2015

Jobs and jail might not keep young men out of crime, but how about therapy?

Chris Blattman is an Associate Professor of Political Science & International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. He studies the roots of poverty and violence in developing countries, especially in Africa.
Pacific Standard, 15.04.2015

What They Saw Over There

A new study suggests witnessing death, not just deployment or combat, raises soldiers' risk of suicide.

Nathan Collins

Scientific American, 15.04.2015

Childhood Trauma Linked to High Blood Pressure Later in Life

Traumatic events during childhood, as well as growing up with abuse, neglect or a dysfunctional family, may increase the risk of developing high blood pressure later in life, a small study suggests

Lisa Rapaport

The Conversation, 15.04.2015

A new civil rights movement may emerge in the wake of police shootings

The protests over police shootings of unarmed black men may signify a new kind of civil rights movement based less on spectacle and more on social media and data.

Chris Barker, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Southwestern College

The Independent, 15.04.2015

Prescribing heroin to addicts could be cheaper and more effective than methadone, says expert

Professor Martin Schechter says the drug should be used after traditional treatment fails

Lizzie Dearden

Science World Report, 15.04.2015

Women Have Greater Fears Of Physlcal Crime From Potential Sexual Harm

Kathleen Lees

Christian Science Monitor, 15.04.2015

‘No Catcall Zones’: A campaign about NYC street harassment

A New York City-based nonprofit is using street signs in a campaign to generate discussion around street harassment – one of the most prevalent and least acknowledged forms of sexual violence in the world.

Jessica Mendoza

The Conversation, 15.04.2015

Good news: fatal shootings are now less common in Australia, NZ, Canada and even the US

The rate of fatal shootings has fallen in Australia, the US and other nations in recent decades. Yet anti- and pro-gun ideology still makes it hard to have a sensible discussion about gun violence.

Samara McPhedran, Senior Research Fellow, Violence Research and Prevention Program at Griffith University

Utah Public Radio, 16.04.2015

Should Spanking Children Be Forbidden? We'll Discuss on Thursday's Access Utah

Tom Williams

Slate, 16.04.2015

Together but Not Equal

Mixed-income neighborhoods are supposed to improve the lives of the poor. So why do low-income boys still suffer there?

Candice Odgers

EurekAlert!, 16.04.2015

Facebook users' wishful thinking: Cyberbullying, depression won't happen to me

The Conversation, 22.04.2015

Charging media for using police-shooting video may be the price of equal justice

The man who videotaped the shooting of Walter Scott is demanding compensation from media outlets replaying it. Here's why this is a reasonable request.

Briallen Hopper

The Nation online, 22.04.2015

States Are Required to Educate Students Behind Bars. Here’s What Really Happens.

Since age 12, Cadeem Gibbs has struggled to reconcile his desire to learn with his incarceration.

Molly Knefel

The Conversation, 23.04.2015

We must ensure that domestic violence awareness yields results

Domestic violence has been an agenda item for some time. It is not something that society, nor governments, have recently discovered.

Authors Terry Goldsworthy, Assistant Professor in Criminology at Bond University, 24.04.2015

The Police Crackdown on Downtown Seattle Crime Looks Like a Continuation of the Failed War on Drugs

Ansel Herz

The Conversation, 24.04.2015

Manifesto Check: UKIP pledge more police resources, despite falling crime levels

UKIP's pledges on crime reflect their core values: populism, and leaving the EU.

Seán McConville, Professor of Law and Public Policy at Queen Mary University of London

Huffington Post, 25.04.2015

Here's What the Social Science Says About Countering Violent Extremism

Scott Atran, Anthropologist; Author, 'Talking to the Enemy: Faith, Brotherhood, and the (Un)Making of Terrorists'
The Conversation, 25.04.2015

There is no evidence that the death penalty acts as a deterrent

Joko Widodo argues that Indonesia needs to execute drug offenders like Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran to deter others, but he can produce no evidence to support this claim.

Roger Hood, Emeritus Professor of Criminology at University of Oxford

EurekAlert!, 26.04.2015

We are family: Adult support reduces youths' risk of violence exposure

New research shows that males in urban environments with adult connections less likely to be involved in or to witness violence
EurekAlert!, 27.04.2015

Ambiguous situations make it easier to justify ethical transgressions

The Conversation, 27.04.2015

Manifesto Check: Tory plans to tackle police and prison corruption are doomed to fail

When it comes to crime and justice, the Conservatives don't convince.

Seán McConville, Professor of Law and Public Policy at Queen Mary University of London

The Conversation, 27.04.2015

James Holmes trial puts sanity on the stand

Jurors will likely be presented with conflicting notions of sanity and insanity. And they will be forced to confront widely held cultural assumptions about mental illness and violence.

Jonathan M Metzl, Director, Center for Medicine, Health, and Society; Professor of Sociology and Psychiatry at Vanderbilt University

Huffington Post, 27.04.2015

Declining Violent Crime Shouldn't Be an Argument for Increased Gun Ownership

Mike Weisser

The Conversation, 28.04.2015

Islamic State theoreticians have honed plans for battle and a state

Islamic State is a project built on solid foundations by jihadist theorists with decades of experience. The savagery of terrorism precedes the next stage of a caliphate that delivers longed-for order.

Richard Rousseau, Associate Professor of Political Science at American University of Ras Al Khaimah

The Conversation, 28.04.2015

Chan and Sukumaran are victims of the futile war on drugs

Australia's politicians were unable to make the most persuasive argument for clemency for Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran because Australia is also a combatant in the misguided war on drugs.

David van Mill, Associate Professor in Political Science and International Relations at University of Western Australia

The Conversation, 28.04.2015

What led to the Baltimore riots?

Better handling of peaceful protests at the death of Freddie Gray might have prevented the riots.

Chris Cocking, Researcher into crowd behaviour at University of Brighton

The Conversation, 28.04.2015

Baltimore burning: death of African American in police custody lit old tinderbox

Despite having a black police commissioner and mayor, Baltimore has become the latest focus of African-American anger at racist policing.

Tim Lockley, Reader in American history at University of Warwick (blog), 29.04.2015

Cheap alcohol leads to violent crime, say ‘experts’. Where’s the evidence?

Christopher Snowdon, 29.04.2015

Scant evidence prisons are terrorist breeding grounds

“Though concern over the spread of violent ideologies has been expressed, this concern is supported by limited qualitative, anecdotal evidence.”

Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press

The Conversation, 29.04.2015

How housing affordability hurts women and kids fleeing violence

New research shows domestic violence can force women into lower-quality housing -- or make it harder to find a home altogether. Author Sarah Wendt, Program Director, Masters of Social Work; Co-Director, Research Centre for Gender Studies; Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy at University of South Australia
Pacific Standard, 29.04.2015

Excessive Force in Custody and the Rights of the Untried

While Baltimore erupts, the Supreme Court considers a timely case.

Lauren Kirchner

Pacific Standard, 29.04.2015

Long Term, Bullying Might Be Worse Than Abuse and Neglect

Children bullied by their peers are upwards of 60 percent more likely to suffer mental illness as adults than kids who are abused and neglected, according to a new study.

Nathan Collins

TIME, 29.04.2015

How Curfews Have Changed Through History

New calm in Baltimore underlines a division between two types of curfews

Lily Rothman

ISN (ETH Zürich), 30.04.2015

The Strategy of Retrenchment and Its Consequences

Colin Dueck

The Conversation, 30.04.2015

Fact Check: has violent crime gone up?

Labour and the Lib Dems have clashed over whether crime is going up or down. Which is it?

Tim Newburn

Pacific Standard, 30.04.2015

When Anti-Rape Posters Don't Get the Message Right

PSAs are failing sexual assault victims by making women bear the blame.

Max Ufberg

Pacific Standard, 30.04.2015

Why Did the American Psychological Association Approve Its Members to Oversee Torture?

A new report finds that APA officials worked with the Bush administration to draft a permissive policy for its members to oversee national security interrogations.

Francie Diep

Vox, 30.04.2015

Riots are destructive, dangerous, and scary — but can lead to serious social reforms

German Lopez