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Newswise: Layoffs lead to more violent crime: study
Released: 11-Mar-2020 12:25 PM EDT
Layoffs lead to more violent crime: study
Case Western Reserve University

Displaced workers experienced a 20% increase in criminal charges the year after being laid off

Released: 5-Mar-2020 1:20 PM EST
No increase in crime under California’s ‘sanctuary state’ status, UCI study finds
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., March 5, 2020 — The implementation of California Senate Bill 54 – which limits, but does not prohibit, state and local police cooperation with federal immigration authorities – did not cause an increase in crime, according to a new study from researchers at the University of California, Irvine. This is the first systematic analysis to be conducted on the impact of the measure since California’s “sanctuary state” status went into effect on Jan.

Newswise: Donor gives $2M gift to Tulane Law to expand innovative Women’s Prison Project
Released: 28-Feb-2020 11:55 AM EST
Donor gives $2M gift to Tulane Law to expand innovative Women’s Prison Project
Tulane University

The Women’s Prison Project is a first-of-its-kind collaboration between Tulane’s Domestic Violence and Criminal Justice clinic.

Released: 26-Feb-2020 5:00 PM EST
UA Little Rock releases virtual exhibit to commemorate history of Elaine Massacre, deadliest racial conflict in Arkansas history
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock Center for Arkansas History and Culture has launched a virtual exhibit to commemorate the 1919 Elaine Massacre, the deadliest racial conflict in Arkansas history. The exhibit, “Elaine Race Massacre: Red Summer in Arkansas,” is an interactive experience based on historical resources, including photographs, scholarly essays, and educational resources that can be used by historians, teachers, and students.

Newswise: It’s a crime, but for meth cooks it’s also a job
Released: 20-Feb-2020 8:00 AM EST
It’s a crime, but for meth cooks it’s also a job
Iowa State University

The motivation to start cooking meth is often driven by addiction, but a new study takes a closer look at the reasons cooks engage in this criminal behavior and come to see it as a job. Researchers say the work offers insight that can help with the development of prevention and rehabilitation efforts.

Newswise: Chemists use mass spectrometry tools to determine age of fingerprints
Released: 19-Feb-2020 2:55 PM EST
Chemists use mass spectrometry tools to determine age of fingerprints
Iowa State University

Chemists at Iowa State may have solved a puzzle of forensic science: How do you determine the age of a fingerprint? The chemists used mass spectrometry tools to analyze fingerprints and found clues in the fatty oils within the prints. And that could help tie a suspect to a crime scene.


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