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What Makes a Child Feel Unsafe in Their Neighbourhood?

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Differences in the way children and adults perceive the world extend to their sense of safety in their social and physical environments and this in turn can impact their health, say researchers at the University of Montreal and its affiliated Research Centre at CHU Sainte Justine, a children’s hospital.

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Domestic Violence Deters Contraception

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A major study published in PLOS One showed that women who are abused by their partner or ex-partner are much less likely to use contraception; this exposes them to sexually transmitted diseases and leads to more frequent unintended pregnancies and abortions. These findings could influence how physicians provide contraceptive counselling.

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Sex Trafficking Invades March Madness

Cities hosting NCAA March Madness Tournament games and other major sporting events will also see a rise in illegal sex trafficking, according to a recent 15-month study.

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Students at University of Utah College of Social Work Take a Front Seat on Defense Team in High-Profile Murder Case

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Rob Butters, an assistant professor at the University of Utah College of Social Work who is also director of the Utah Criminal Justice Center, served as an expert witness for the defense team representing a teenager accused of murdering 15-year-old Anne Kasprzak of Utah in 2012. Butters enlisted the help of students in his forensic social worker class to work on the case to give them real-life experience in the field.

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Strong Regulations on Gun Sales Prevent High-Risk Individuals From Accessing Firearms and Can Reduce Violent Crime

A review of 28 published studies examining U.S. gun policy found that laws and regulations designed to keep firearms from people at risk of committing violence, such as felons and those under restraining orders, are effective and, in some instances, reduce lethal violence.

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Powder vs. Crack: NYU Study Identifies Arrest Risk Disparity for Cocaine Use

Crack users are much more likely to experience arrest than powder cocaine users, and being poor is the true overwhelming correlate, not being black or a minority.

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Juvenile Offenders Do Better Close To Home

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Juvenile criminal offenders in Texas who are placed under county supervision, close to home, are less likely to be rearrested than those placed in state-run correctional facilities, according to researchers at Texas A&M University.

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Criminologist 'Hacks' the Hacker

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Hacking is a late-modern transgressive craft, according to the latest research from a Kansas State University criminologist.

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Major Tiger Trader Busted in Indonesia—Faces 5 Years in Prison and $10,000 USD Fine

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The South Sumatra Military Police, South Sumatra Provincial Natural Resource Conservation Office (BKSDA), and the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Wildlife Crimes Unit (WCU) announced today the recent arrest of a major wildlife trafficker illegally trading in tiger parts and other protected wildlife in Indonesia. The suspect has allegedly sold more than 100 stuffed tigers over a ten-year period.

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Texas A&M Middle East Expert Gives Analysis On Murder Of Three Muslim College Students in NC