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Complex Networks Researcher at IU Fighting Crime with Mobile Phone Data

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Emilio Ferrara, a post-doctoral researcher at Indiana University’s Center for Complex Networks and Systems Research, is using network science and a connected society to fight crime. Ferrara and collaborators from the University of Messina, Italy, have already assisted police in Italy with investigations into murder, bribery, robbery, drug trafficking and prostitution by using social network modeling to conduct criminal network analysis using phone call data obtained by police.

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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.

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Guns Aren’t the Only Things Killing Cops

The public does not realize — in fact, police themselves may not realize — that the dangers police officers are exposed to on a daily basis are far worse than anything on “Law and Order.”

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Brain Scans Link Concern for Justice with Reason, Not Emotion

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People who care about justice are swayed more by reason than emotion, according to new brain scan research from the University of Chicago Department of Psychology and Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience.

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Sinclair Case Highlights Need to Reform Military Justice System

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Vietnam Takes Steps to Minimize Transnational Wildlife Crime

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The Vietnam CITES Management Authority of the Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development today hosted a meeting marking the nation’s first step toward minimizing transnational wildlife crime affecting this nation.

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Negative Effects of Joining a Gang Last Long After Gang Membership Ends

Joining a gang in adolescence has significant consequences in adulthood beyond criminal behavior, even after a person leaves the gang. Former gang members are more likely to be in poor health, receiving government assistance and struggling with drug abuse than someone who never joined a gang.

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Research Connects Drug War Violence in Mexico with Desensitization in Social Media

Amid times of crisis, citizens often turn to social media as a method to share information, make observations and vent. But as a Georgia Tech professor’s research into social media use amid the Mexican drug war shows, posts can reveal growing numbness, or desensitization, during times of protracted violence and stress.

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Is the Modern American Death Penalty a Fatal Lottery?

New research finds only 3-6% of death-eligible defendants in Texas are actually sentenced to death.

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Fewer Incidents of Far-Right, Lone-Wolf Homicide Since Sept. 11, Study Shows

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Fatal incidents of far-right “lone-wolf” terrorism have been fewer in the past 10 years, according a new study by a terrorism researcher at the University of Arkansas.

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