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Tiger Traders Busted in Indonesia

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The West Java Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) of the Ministry of Forestry, the Indonesian Police (Lampung office), and the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Wildlife Crimes Unit announced today enforcement action against two wildlife traffickers trading tiger parts online.

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Compensation and Punishment: “Justice” Depends on Whether or Not We’re a Victim

We’re more likely to punish wrongdoing as a third party to a non-violent offense than when we’re victimized by it, according to a new study by New York University psychology researchers. The findings may offer insights into how juries differ from plaintiffs in seeking to restore justice.

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UK Professor Disproves Float Test to Seek Justice for Jailed Women in El Salvador

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University of Kentucky professor Dr. Greg Davis, a forensic pathologist, has investigated four of 17 cases of El Salvadoran women who were convicted of murdering their babies. His report submitted to the government disproves the outdated float test used to convict these women.

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Inside Prison: CWRU Begun Center Researcher Studies Inmate-Officer Relationships in Maintaining Safety and Security

Case Western Reserve University mental health researcher Joseph Galanek spent a cumulative nine months in an Oregon maximum-security prison to learn first-hand how the prison manages inmates with mental illness

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Numbers Meets CSI: Qualifying Value of Forensic Evidence

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Nick Stokes of CSI using fingerprints to identify the murdered and Charlie Eppes of Numbers solving crimes via mathematical equations lead many people to assume that forensic science is a highly technical field relying on experts that always have a definitive answer about culpability. In fact, forensic statistics is a relatively new field that is working to establish investigative techniques and quantitative methods that ensure accuracy in suspect identification. There are about 25 statisticians worldwide working in forensics science. Two of these happen to be in the mathematics and statistics department at South Dakota State University and have recently received a $780,300 grant to advance the science.

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No Silver Bullet: Iowa State Study Identifies Risk Factors of Youth Charged with Murder

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News of a school shooting or a homicide involving a teenage suspect always leads to the question of why? It is human nature to want an explanation, but too often, the rush to judgment clouds reality, said Matt DeLisi, a professor of sociology at Iowa State.

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How Do Authorities Determine Time, Cause of Death?

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New Approaches Needed for People with Serious Mental Illnesses in Criminal Justice System

Responding to the large number of people with serious mental illnesses in the criminal justice system will require more than mental health services, according to a new report.

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Video Blinds Us to the Evidence

Where people look when watching video evidence varies wildly and has profound consequences for bias in legal punishment decisions, a team of researchers at NYU and Yale Law School has found. This study raises questions about why people fail to be objective when confronted with video evidence.

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Lone Wolf Terrorists Target Police More, but Attacks Not More Frequent

Lone wolf terrorist attacks are not on the rise as popular culture might lead one to believe — but the attacks are more personal, use high-velocity firearms and targeting military and police.

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