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Innovation - Criminology / Forensics - 28.09.2023
TU Delft and the police increase joint impact
Today, 28 September 2023, TU Delft and the police have strengthened their partnership by signing a framework agreement. The police and TU Delft are already successfully working together in domains such as smarter detection, cyber security, robotics and forensic research. This step enables more and easier collaboration on innovation and new technologies.

Criminology / Forensics - Environment - 21.07.2023
Short-term thinking, criminal actioná
People who have short-term mindsets (i.e., impulsivity, sensation-seeking, and low future orientation) are more likely to commit crime. In our research, we consider how adverse environments and experiences affect short-term mindsets. A research team at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law found that harsh and unpredictable environments, victimization, and first-time and early police contact are each associated with more short-term thinking.

Criminology / Forensics - 07.06.2023
Black men are the most frequent victims of killings by off-duty officers
A new study assessed off-duty police-perpetrated violence, finding it often affected officers- own social networks and Black men were the most frequent victims. Black men are the most common victims of killings committed by off-duty police officers in the U.S., according to a new Yale-led study. In an analysis of 242 incidences in which people were killed by police officers when they were off duty between 2013 and 2021, a research team found that nearly 40% of the victims were Black men.

Criminology / Forensics - 12.05.2023
The method of identification of super-recognizers validated
The method of identification of super-recognizers validated
First empirical validation of a new diagnostic framework for laboratory identification of super-recognizers and their value to law enforcement . Professor Meike Ramon and Dr. Maren Mayer, researchers at the University of Lausanne and the Leibniz Institute for Media Research, respectively, have published their findings in the journal PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences).

Criminology / Forensics - 10.05.2023
Policies, not ’bad apples,’ are behind racial disparities in jail
A pair of recently published papers suggest that an overreliance on a defendant's criminal history has inflated the number of people sitting behind bars while their cases grind through the courts. The disparity is especially prominent for Black defendants.

Criminology / Forensics - Social Sciences - 02.05.2023
STOPMTL.ca: unveiling of the first data on police stop experiences in Montreal
Participatory mapping project reveals that one in three citizens believe their appearance or identity contributed to their stop by the police The first research report from STOPMTL.ca , a participatory mapping project of police stop experiences, presents preliminary data contributed by citizens of Montreal.

Criminology / Forensics - Social Sciences - 20.12.2022
Sex offenders: 70% drop in recidivism rate
Study led by Professor Patrick Lussier shows significant decline in recidivism of sex crimes in Canada over 80 years Encouraging news: between 1940 and 2019, the recidivism rate of sex offenders in this country has dropped by nearly 70%, according to a study published in the journal Criminology and Public Policy .

Criminology / Forensics - 20.12.2022
Tackling drug related organised crime requires determining course
In recent years, additional financial resources haven allowed launching various local, regional and national projects to tackle and frustrate drug related organised crime. As a result, more awareness has arisen in the Netherlands about the seriousness of this problem and the need to tackle it together.

Criminology / Forensics - 09.12.2022
Parks should be safe places for women and girls
Parks in West Yorkshire should be better designed and managed so that women and girls feel safe throughout the day and after dark, according to a new study. A team of researchers at the University of Leeds interviewed more than a hundred women and girls from across the county and found that most of them believed their local parks were unsafe.

Social Sciences - Criminology / Forensics - 17.11.2022
Impacts of reporting on domestic violence
University of Queensland research suggests that graphic media coverage of domestic violence cases could contribute to 'copycat' behaviour. Dr Joseph Lelliot t Dr Rebecca Wallis from the UQ Law School interviewed domestic and family violence (DFV) support workers and found explicit reporting appears to be linked with a surge in cases of similar violence.

Criminology / Forensics - 26.10.2022
How Twitter fuelled the Black Lives Matter movement
A new study from The Australian National University (ANU) shows how Twitter helped shape the Black Lives Matter movement. Lead researcher Professor Colin Klein said the immediacy of the social media platform allowed it to play a crucial role in spreading information and organising protests. It also become an important platform for right-wing reactions.

Social Sciences - Criminology / Forensics - 17.10.2022
Community service or prison sentence; which punishment prevents youngsters from relapsing into crime?
In the Netherlands, community service was introduced in the Criminal Code in 1989 as an alternative to imprisonment. In the juvenile justice system, community service is the most imposed punishment for perpetrators. Even though community service is most often imposed in the juvenile justice system, few large-scale, reliable studies have been conducted on its effectiveness since the 1990s.

Criminology / Forensics - 10.10.2022
Young adults and the courts: prosecution and prejudice
Roger Grimshaw on the implications of a new study highlighting the long-term reduction in young adult prosecutions. New findings from the Universities of Manchester and Sheffield and have highlighted long term trends in court appearances for young adults. ' Young adults in court: shrinking numbers and increasing disparities' , as the title suggests, shows young adults have become far less likely to appear in court over the previous decade.

Social Sciences - Criminology / Forensics - 21.09.2022
Not all arms possessors are the same:áreduce armed violence among youth in Rotterdam by addressing underlying problems
The media has often drawn attention to increasing armed violence amongst youth. Since 2019, an increase in violence amongst youth has become apparent. Rotterdam and its surroundings have been the scene of this violence more than once. Although national and local campaigns have been launched and research has been done in Rotterdam and the Netherlands, much information on the scope, cause, and background of this issue among the youth in Rotterdam remained inconclusive.

Health - Criminology / Forensics - 21.09.2022
Significant increase in firearm assaults in states that relaxed conceal carry permit restrictions
Significant increase in firearm assaults in states that relaxed conceal carry permit restrictions
Study finds significant increase in firearm assaults in states that relaxed conceal carry permit restrictions Certain provisions in conceal carry laws, such as restricting who can own a firearm based on past convictions, may reduce risks associated with civilian gun carrying A new study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that the average rate of assaults with firearms increased an average of 9.5% relative to forecasted trends in the first 10 years after 34 states relaxed restrictions on civilians carrying concealed firearms in public.

Criminology / Forensics - 22.08.2022
Statement on investigation into work of PhD candidate
Outcome of initial phase of investigation We have completed the initial phase of investigation into the recent publication of the work of a student, who had registered for a PhD, which has raised widespread and significant concerns and complaints, all of which we take extremely seriously. We are examining all aspects of the student's work and academic supervision, the origin of the article, his prior background, the associated University processes for admission to our PGR programme and research conduct, and other questions that have been raised.

Life Sciences - Criminology / Forensics - 01.08.2022
Mad or bad: can we tackle aggression with brain stimulation?
It could come straight out of Stanley Kubrick's dystopian movie A Clockwork Orange: using direct brain stimulation to reduce aggressive behaviour. For PhD candidate Ruben Knehans, it's his daily business. Aside from the medical complexity, it raises all sorts of questions. Is it ethical, for example, to modify someone's behaviour? Can you justify imposing brain stimulation on convicts under criminal law? How to set rules and standards? Ruben tries to answer these questions in his PhD research at UM's Faculty of Law.

Criminology / Forensics - 22.06.2022
'Essay Mills' Pose Serious Risk to Scottish Universities
’Essay Mills’ Pose Serious Risk to Scottish Universities
Vulnerable students are turning to online 'essay mills' to purchase written work that they then pass off as their own, threatening academic integrity and exploitation, a new study has found. Researchers based at the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research found hundreds of examples of online adverts targeting students in what is known as 'contract cheating'.

Criminology / Forensics - 20.04.2022
’Threatening’ faces and beefy bodies do not bias criminal suspect identification
Research shows that there is no bias toward selecting people with muscular bodies or facial characteristics perceived as threatening when identifying criminal suspects in line-ups.

Criminology / Forensics - Health - 30.03.2022
Street lighting may enable rather than hinder street crime
Street lighting may enable rather than hinder street crime
Fewer cars are broken into at night on roads with part-night lighting (PNL), where street lights are switched off between midnight and 5am, finds researchers from UCL and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. The rate of thefts from cars at night was halved on roads with PNL, compared to the same roads before PNL was introduced.
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