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Preventing False Confessions: Iowa State Professor Using Science to Improve Interrogations

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An Iowa State University psychology professor is leading an international research team developing new interrogation methods designed to reduce false confessions and more effectively gather intelligence critical to national security.

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Expert Commentary Available Before and After Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

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Largest-Ever Confiscation of Illegal Manta Ray Parts

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The Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries of the Republic of Indonesia and the WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society’s) Wildlife Crimes Unit announced the largest confiscation of illegal manta ray parts as part of a major enforcement action against illegal trade of sharks and rays in Indonesia

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Stopping Wildlife Crime? There’s an APP for That

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Stopping Wildlife Crime? There’s an APP for that. According to a new article from the Wildlife Conservation Society that appears in Biological Conservation, innovative mobile and web-based applications can provide authorities with speedy access to information on hundreds of protected species, convenient outreach to experts, and other resources used to identify and prosecute wildlife crime.

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Successful Collaboration to Transform At-Risk West Dallas Could Serve as a National Model for Communities Fighting Urban Blight

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A new model of ministry that empowers residents in at-risk West Dallas to transform their communities has resulted in crime reduction, better meeting of health needs, obtaining jobs and improved student academic performance, according to a study by Baylor University.

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Virtual Reality Promises New Applications for Sexual Offending

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Virtual reality may be the key to predicting both the behaviour of sex offenders and the effectiveness of the therapies they have undergone, according to a study undertaken by Massil Benbouriche of the University of Montreal’s School of Criminology.

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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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