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More Than a Myth: Drink Spiking Happens

Google the term “spiked drink,” and you’ll get more than 11 million hits, directing you to pages that describe being slipped a mickey, tips on how to avoid becoming a victim and even kits to test drinks for illicit drugs. So is drink spiking a growing problem or are these tales of people who just drank too much? Or is this phenomenon merely an urban legend?

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New Global Initiative Report on Impact of Human Trafficking Released; Based on Babson Webinar Series

Around the world an estimated 20.9 million people are in situations of so-called modern day slavery, or forced labor, at any point of time, according to the new Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime report.

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NYPD, FDNY and DHS Stage Active Shooter Scenario at Brooklyn High School to Test New Technologies

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The NYPD, FDNY and DHS S&T took part in an active shooter exercise May 15 at a Brooklyn high school to evaluate tactics and technologies for responding to and containing rapidly escalating shooting incidents.

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UTEP Expert Researches Social Organization of Transnational Criminal Groups. Send Requests to News@utep.edu.

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Saudis to sell stake in state-owned oil: Experts Needed

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Fighting Against Counterfeit Medicine

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Around the world, especially in developing nations, counterfeit medicines are a real problem. Until now, in many countries there hasn't been a standard protocol to conduct investigations and pursue prosecution.

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Alcohol Availability Affects Local Crime Patterns

Restrictions on alcohol availability may be an important crime-control policy, given that alcohol availability appears to influence crime by increasing consumption and alcohol-induced impulsivity. In 2003, Pennsylvania repealed its Sunday alcohol-sales ban for a portion of its state-run liquor stores. This paper investigates whether this change in alcohol policy, which affected alcohol availability, had an impact on crime occurring within the vicinity of liquor stores that opened on Sundays in Philadelphia.

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Criminal Charges Of The Kind Filed In The Flint Water Crisis Rare, Environmental Health Expert Says

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Hair Analysis Is a Flawed Forensic Technique

Since 1989, 74 people who were convicted of serious crimes, in large part due to microscopic hair comparisons, were later exonerated by post-conviction DNA analysis.

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States With Punitive Justice Systems Have Higher Rates of Foster Care, Study Finds

The number of children in foster care across the country is driven not solely by child abuse and neglect, but by states’ varying politics and approaches to social problems, a new University of Washington (UW) study finds.

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A Shot in the Dark: New Surveillance Tool Called ShotSpotter Tracks and Records Incidents of Gunfire

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When gunfire is heard and unreported, what does it reveal about the state of crime in America? The University of Virginia’s Jennifer Doleac is determined to find out. An assistant professor of public policy and economics at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, she has been using data from new surveillance technology to research the disparity between the number of recorded gunshot sounds and the number of reported incidents of gun violence.

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Self-Understanding Helps Criminal Substance Abusers

Impulsiveness, crime and problems with social interaction. Many substance abusers also struggle with antisocial personality disorders, which makes it difficult for them to complete a drug or alcohol treatment programme. New research from the Centre for Alcohol and Drug Research at Aarhus BSS reveals that just six additional counselling sessions may lower the drop-out rate and increase the outcome of the treatment programme.

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Study Links Gang Membership and Depression

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Kids who decide to join gangs are more likely to be depressed and suicidal - and these mental health problems only worsen after joining, finds a new study co-authored by a Michigan State University criminologist.

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International College Students Are Less Likely to Experience Violent Crimes, New Research Suggests

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New research suggests that students from abroad may be at less risk to experience violent, non-sexual victimization than their domestic counterparts, according to criminologists at Georgia State University and the University of West Georgia.

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Legal Expert Looks At What’s Missing In The Conversation About Campus Sexual Assaults

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