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Newswise: Crime pushes entrepreneurs to fly under the radar, relocate or shutter
Released: 12-Sep-2023 9:00 AM EDT
Crime pushes entrepreneurs to fly under the radar, relocate or shutter
Iowa State University

New research shows entrepreneurs in Mexico become a greater target of crime as their businesses grow and become more profitable. The study also found entrepreneurs typically respond to crime in one of three ways: Truncating business growth, relocating or shutting down their operation.

Newswise: Mothers in prison embrace a parenting program to strengthen bonds with separated children
Released: 28-Aug-2023 8:05 PM EDT
Mothers in prison embrace a parenting program to strengthen bonds with separated children
University of South Australia

The number of women imprisoned in Australia has jumped by 64% in the past decade, leaving thousands of children separated from their mothers and causing huge stress to both parties.

Released: 21-Aug-2023 12:40 PM EDT
Do Prisons Hold the Key to Solving the Opioid Crisis?
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Rutgers study finds improved prison reentry programs could help flatten the rate of opioid overdose deaths in the U.S.

Released: 10-Aug-2023 9:20 AM EDT
Rutgers Study Confirms Link Between Concealed Carry Weapons and Gun Homicide Rates
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Concealed guns significantly impact homicide rates and public safety, according to a Rutgers study that found an increase in homicides based on the number of concealed carry weapons licenses issued.

Newswise: Study Compares Youth Detained for Sex Trafficking with More Serious Offenders
Released: 8-Aug-2023 8:30 AM EDT
Study Compares Youth Detained for Sex Trafficking with More Serious Offenders
Florida Atlantic University

Despite federal and state laws, runaway youth continue to be arrested, charged and detained for prostitution. Findings show significant differences among detained runaways compared to youth incarcerated for more serious offenses.

Released: 1-Aug-2023 5:40 PM EDT
Illegal shooting kills most birds found dead near power lines
Cell Press

Birds can be electrocuted if they come into contact with two energized parts of a power line at once—which can happen when they spread their wings to take off from or land on a power pole.

Newswise:Video Embedded lead-exposure-in-early-life-linked-to-higher-risk-of-criminal-behavior-in-adulthood
Released: 1-Aug-2023 2:55 PM EDT
Lead Exposure in Early Life Linked to Higher Risk of Criminal Behavior in Adulthood
George Washington University

New analysis from researchers at the George Washington University links lead exposure either in utero or during childhood with an increased risk of engaging in criminal behavior in adulthood. While prior research has found an association between lead exposure and criminal behavior at the ​​aggregated population level, this is the first review to bring together the existing data at the individual-level of exposure and effects.

Newswise: Study explores challenges, opportunities of community participatory research
Released: 1-Aug-2023 10:25 AM EDT
Study explores challenges, opportunities of community participatory research
College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Community-based participatory research (CBPR) is an approach that connects academic researchers with community partners to inform project development. A new study from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and collaborators explores CBPR implementation in a project on criminal justice reform in Cincinnati.

Released: 26-Jul-2023 1:00 PM EDT
Mapping mass shootings in the United States
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

The United States has more than 10 times the number of mass shooting incidents than other developed countries, yet little research has shown the distribution and types of shootings, geographically.

Released: 24-Jul-2023 1:40 PM EDT
White Police Membership in Republican Party Associated with Racial Bias, Study Finds
American Sociological Association (ASA)

In the last 10 years, police organizations have displayed unprecedented support for Republican presidential candidates and have organized against social movements focused on addressing racial disparities in police contact.

Newswise: Cop-turned-professor pushes for stronger police-community partnerships
Released: 13-Jul-2023 4:05 PM EDT
Cop-turned-professor pushes for stronger police-community partnerships
West Virginia University

Dead from a cocaine overdose, a waitress found in a trendy Wilmington, Delaware neighborhood set the gears in motion for one of James Nolan’s last cases as a vice detective. It also served as the catalyst for his next career investigating different strategies in policing as a West Virginia University sociology professor.

Released: 6-Jul-2023 12:05 PM EDT
Dashcam images offer insight on NYPD officer deployment
Cornell University

Using a deep learning computer model and a dataset containing millions of dashboard camera images from New York City rideshare drivers, Cornell Tech researchers were able to see which neighborhoods had the highest numbers of New York Police Department marked vehicles, a possible indication of deployment patterns.

Newswise: Study Explores Incarceration, Employment and Re-offense During COVID-19 Pandemic
Released: 6-Jul-2023 8:30 AM EDT
Study Explores Incarceration, Employment and Re-offense During COVID-19 Pandemic
Florida Atlantic University

The study not only examined the effects of the transitional employment program participation on employment and recidivism, but also looked at the program’s mechanisms such as hours worked and hours spent in cognitive behavioral interventions and three employment sectors – construction, kitchen and warehouse/retail – on future system involvement.

Newswise: Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Law and the Royal Thai Police Offer “Special LawLAB: Investigation in the Age of 5G” Gen 2
Released: 30-Jun-2023 8:55 AM EDT
Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Law and the Royal Thai Police Offer “Special LawLAB: Investigation in the Age of 5G” Gen 2
Chulalongkorn University

The Special LawLAB “Young Lawyers – Police Engagement” (YLPE) Project (Law Chula and Royal Thai Police Season 2) marks a collaborative effort between the Royal Thai Police and the Faculty of Law, Chulalongkorn University, to allow students to apply the knowledge they have learned in their practice.

Newswise: Prisoners ‘trading rare jaguar parts for fashion items’
Released: 28-Jun-2023 2:05 PM EDT
Prisoners ‘trading rare jaguar parts for fashion items’
Cambridge University Press

Prisoners in Bolivia are trading in jaguar skins and other wild animal body parts to produce wallets, hats, and belts for sale in local markets. The fangs and bones of jaguars are being illegally exported for use as traditional Asian medicine.

Released: 27-Jun-2023 8:10 PM EDT
Children the 'hidden victims' of modern slavery
University of South Australia

Dependant children of people impacted by human trafficking and modern slavery are being left unsupported and their needs overlooked, putting families at risk of intergenerational trauma.

Released: 27-Jun-2023 1:05 PM EDT
University at Albany, Rand Study Links Legal Representation to Reduced Reliance on Bail
University at Albany, State University of New York

Having a defense attorney present at an initial bail hearing lowered the use of cash bail and pretrial detention without increasing the odds that a defendant won’t show up at a preliminary hearing, according to a new study co-authored by UAlbany Professor of Public Administration and Policy Shawn Bushway.

Newswise: SMU creating human trafficking data 'warehouse'
Released: 21-Jun-2023 9:20 AM EDT
SMU creating human trafficking data 'warehouse'
Southern Methodist University

SMU (Southern Methodist University) is creating a federally-funded data warehouse to centralize data collection and support research into human trafficking in the United States.

Released: 19-Jun-2023 10:05 AM EDT
De facto decriminalization of drug possession reduces the overall arrest toll on the Black community, although racial disparities persist

De facto decriminalization of drug possession may be a good first step in addressing the disproportionate impact of an overburdened United States criminal justice system on the Black community.

Newswise: Jiu Jitsu club stage physical assaults to help advance forensic research
Released: 9-Jun-2023 8:10 PM EDT
Jiu Jitsu club stage physical assaults to help advance forensic research
Northumbria University

Researchers from Northumbria University and King’s College London have published findings outlining the extent that textile fibres transfer during controlled assault scenarios.

Released: 6-Jun-2023 8:30 AM EDT
New Report Highlights U.S. 2021 Gun-Related Deaths: For Second Straight Year, U.S. Firearm Fatalities Reached Record Highs
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

A new report from the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Violence Solutions analyzing 2021 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data reveals another record year for firearm fatalities.

Released: 5-Jun-2023 1:35 PM EDT
Social media posts can be used to track individuals’ income and economic inequalities
Queen Mary University of London

Researchers from Queen Mary University of London analysed 2.6 million posts on popular social media network Nextdoor and accurately predicted individuals’ income by solely examining the posts they’ve published.

Newswise: Sentencing child sex abusers: When the victim becomes the offender
Released: 30-May-2023 3:05 AM EDT
Sentencing child sex abusers: When the victim becomes the offender
University of South Australia

When a ‘victim-offender’ is sentenced in court, a University of South Australia researcher is recommending judges acknowledge the offender’s early trauma, in conjunction with the consequences for the crime, in their sentencing comments.

Released: 26-May-2023 1:05 PM EDT
Study: New York's Bail Reform Law Did Not Increase Crime
University at Albany, State University of New York

New York’s bail reform law had a negligible effect on crime, a study by a recent PhD recipient and a professor in the University at Albany’s School of Criminal Justice found.

Released: 23-May-2023 2:45 PM EDT
Privacy protection and other corporate accountability matters in the Business Ethics channel

Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, was fined a record 1.2 billion euros ($1.3 billion) and ordered to stop transferring data collected from Facebook users in Europe to the United States. Find the latest research and expert commentary on privacy issues and controversial business practices in the Business Ethics channel.

Released: 23-May-2023 11:55 AM EDT
Investigation reveals “shocking” epidemic of sexual assault in the NHS

A joint investigation published today by The BMJ and The Guardian finds that NHS trusts recorded more than 35,000 cases of rape, sexual assault, harassment, stalking, and abusive remarks, between 2017 and 2022.

Released: 18-May-2023 4:05 AM EDT
Pioneering research exposing scale and danger of forced marriages calls for urgent reform to protect victims
University of Bristol

A study has revealed for the first time that the crime of forced marriage remains rife in England and Wales.

Released: 17-May-2023 5:00 PM EDT
Gun Violence Awareness Day: FSU experts are available to speak
Florida State University

By: Mark Blackwell Thomas | Published: May 17, 2023 | 3:21 pm | SHARE: National Gun Violence Awareness Day is June 2, and it arrives amidst a spate of mass shootings nationwide. The Associated Press reported in April that the country is setting a record pace for mass shootings this year, averaging about one such tragedy per week.

Released: 12-May-2023 3:40 PM EDT
Bail reform law in New York had negligible effect on increases in crime
Crime and Justice Research Alliance

In a new study, researchers evaluated the effect of the law on state crime rates, considering the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although rates of murder, larceny, and motor vehicle theft rose after the bail reform law went into effect, none of the increases were statistically significant when compared with a control group. This suggests that the effect of bail reform on crime rate increases was negligible.

Released: 12-May-2023 3:30 PM EDT
Immigration Nation: Research and Experts

Title 42, the United States pandemic rule that had been used to immediately deport hundreds of thousands of migrants who crossed the border illegally over the last three years, has expired. Those migrants will have the opportunity to apply for asylum. President Biden's new rules to replace Title 42 are facing legal challenges. Border crossings have already risen sharply, as many migrants attempt to cross before the measure expires on Thursday night. Some have said they worry about tighter controls and uncertainty ahead. Immigration is once again a major focus of the media as we examine the humanitarian, political, and public health issues migrants must go through.

9-May-2023 3:05 PM EDT
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Get your mental health news here

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Get your mental health news here.

Released: 10-May-2023 5:30 PM EDT
New Findings from the Columbia Mass Murder Database
Columbia University Irving Medical Center

A research team at Columbia University Irving Medical Center and the New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI) examining 82 mass murders that occurred at least partially in academic settings throughout the world found that most mass murderers and mass shooters did not have severe psychiatric illnesses.

Released: 9-May-2023 3:30 PM EDT
US gun violence: half of people from Chicago witness a shooting by age 40, study suggests
University of Cambridge

Study following Chicagoans over a 25-year period suggests over half of the city’s Black and Hispanic population, and a quarter of its White population, have seen a shooting by age 40.

Released: 8-May-2023 3:40 PM EDT
Fame-seeking mass shooters more likely to plan ‘surprise’ attacks, and the novelty of their locations and targets brings added fame
NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Led by Maurizio Porfiri, NYU Tandon Institute Professor and Director of the Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP), a team of researchers collected and analyzed data from 189 mass shootings between 1966 and 2021, and found that fame seekers - as opposed to those predominantly motivated by personal grievance or revenge, for example – planned their crimes around the novelty of the location and targets.

Released: 5-May-2023 5:55 PM EDT
Providing legal counsel at initial bail hearings lowers incarceration rates
RAND Corporation

Providing defendants with legal counsel during their initial bail hearing decreases use of monetary bail and pretrial detention, without increasing the likelihood that defendants fail to appear at the subsequent preliminary hearing, according to a new RAND Corporation study.

Released: 2-May-2023 12:30 PM EDT
New research reveals that most child victims of gun violence are innocent bystanders
University of Missouri, Columbia

A University of Missouri School of Medicine researcher examining the circumstances behind pediatric firearm assaults found that most child shooting victims were shot outdoors for unknown reasons and were likely not intentionally targeted.

Newswise: Improving Bloodstain Pattern Analysis with Fluid Dynamics
21-Apr-2023 10:20 AM EDT
Improving Bloodstain Pattern Analysis with Fluid Dynamics
American Institute of Physics (AIP)

In Physics of Fluids, researchers model the behavior of blood drops during secondary atomization to examine how the phenomenon affects a crime scene. The team examined different starting droplet sizes, confirming their model with experiments. They found the effect of secondary atomization was significant and predictable: The smaller droplets were easier to sweep up by the firearm’s gases and turn around toward the victim. This discovery could explain how a short-range shooter might stay clean from blood stains.

Newswise:Video Embedded live-event-for-april-21-sleeping-pill-reduces-levels-of-alzheimer-s-proteins
Released: 21-Apr-2023 3:10 PM EDT
TRANSCRIPT AND VIDEO AVAILABLE Live Event for April 21: Sleeping pill reduces levels of Alzheimer’s proteins

Researcher will discuss the study which involved a sleeping aid known as suvorexant that is already approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for insomnia, hints at the potential of sleep medications to slow or stop the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

Newswise: Who’s liable in a ‘self-driving’ car crash?
Released: 11-Apr-2023 10:05 AM EDT
Who’s liable in a ‘self-driving’ car crash?
Case Western Reserve University

Case Western Reserve University law professor examines legal grey area when semi-autonomous vehicles are involved in accidents

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3-Apr-2023 3:00 PM EDT
I have to write an - Patrick J. Kiger, HowStuffWorks
Newswise Expert Queries

I have to write an article on the use of mugshots by police departments. I'm looking for criminal justice experts to answer a few quick questions. Q: What is the purpose of taking a mugshot? Q: How are mugshots utilized in investigations and prosecutions? Q: Are there standard techniques or practices for taking mugshots? Q: Should mugshots be released to the media and public?

Released: 3-Apr-2023 2:20 PM EDT
Can Investigators Use Household Dust as a Forensic Tool?
North Carolina State University

A new study found it is possible to retrieve forensically relevant information from human DNA in household dust.

Newswise: Hemp or Marijuana? Forensic Chemist Receives Federal Funding for Rapid Test
Released: 30-Mar-2023 1:55 PM EDT
Hemp or Marijuana? Forensic Chemist Receives Federal Funding for Rapid Test
University at Albany, State University of New York

The U.S. Department of Justice is supporting the Musah Lab at the University at Albany with a $401,988 grant to develop and validate the test through December 2024.

Newswise: Tragedy to Triumph: New Partnership at Cal State LA Fights for Justice
Released: 29-Mar-2023 2:10 PM EDT
Tragedy to Triumph: New Partnership at Cal State LA Fights for Justice
California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office

The Los Angeles Innocence Project at Cal State LA works to exonerate the wrongfully convicted.

Newswise: The dark figure of crime
Released: 20-Mar-2023 8:05 AM EDT
The dark figure of crime
Iowa State University

A world-renowned criminologist at Iowa State lays out evidence in a new book that Ted Bundy’s criminal career was far lengthier and deadlier than the official record. He says the story of Bundy reflects the unsolved murder epidemic in the U.S. and offers solutions to reduce the backlog of cold cases.

Released: 16-Mar-2023 8:05 AM EDT
Forensic Study Sheds Light on the Remains of Infants, Children
North Carolina State University

A forensic science study sheds light on how the bones of infants and juveniles decay. The findings will help forensic scientists determine how long a young person’s remains were at a particular location, as well as which bones are best suited for collecting tissue samples to help ID the deceased.

Released: 1-Mar-2023 12:10 PM EST
FSU criminology faculty ranked No. 1 in the nation for research productivity and scholarly influence
Florida State University

Faculty in Florida State University’s College of Criminology and Criminal Justice are No. 1 in the country for research productivity and influence among faculty in their field, according to a quantitative assessment in the Journal of Criminal Justice Education.  The journal’s findings draw from data gathered from criminology and criminal justice doctoral programs in the United States from 2015-2021.

Released: 27-Feb-2023 8:05 AM EST
Child Sex Trafficking and Enhancing Georgia Responses
University of Georgia

Wilbanks CEASE Clinic Director Emma M. Hetherington is a child welfare law specialist certified by the National Association of Counsel for Children. Hetherington provides legal consulting services to attorneys and advocates nationwide on matters involving child welfare law, child sexual abuse and CSEC.

Newswise: Salisbury University Police Department Unveils Cutting-Edge Training Simulator as Newest Campus Safety Tool
Released: 22-Feb-2023 3:30 PM EST
Salisbury University Police Department Unveils Cutting-Edge Training Simulator as Newest Campus Safety Tool
Salisbury University

Salisbury University's new Recon 180 simulator is expected to provide enhanced training and collaboration opportunities for the SU Police Department and allied law enforcement agencies. Its goal: Help officers make the campus and surrounding areas as safe as possible.