Children who witness crime are more vulnerable to error than adults when identifying the perpetrator.
Child eyewitnesses make more mistakes than adults when identifying criminals. A new police lineup design could help us assess their reliability and prevent wrongful convictions.
Nigerian militants patrol the oil rich Niger delta region, the birth place of commercial kidnapping in the country.
Tough socio-economic conditions, among others, make kidnapping a thriving business in Nigeria. A strong justice system along with stiff punishment for the crime are needed.
It was the butler.
For decades, the justice system has decided to live with ropey testimonies. Could that be about to change?
Is this worth the tape it’s wrapped with?
Is forensic science an oxymoron? A new White House report suggests there are major issues with many of the forensic disciplines used to convict defendants of crimes in the U.S.
Sam Hallam had his conviction quashed after seven years in jail.
Your memory of an event can be manipulated – and miscarriages of justice can follow.
A Queensland police officer models the body-worn camera.
Body-worn cameras may seem to be a boost for policing and criminal justice, but they raise a host of issues around admissibility, privacy and fairrness.
How can justice be blind to race?
Criminal justice experts suggest one way to change the system to eliminate racial bias.
Communal area and classrooms of the Intensive Learning Centre facility, Mid North Coast Correctional Centre, NSW.
Innovative design could be key to improving prisoners' chances of rehabilitation and reducing their likelihood of re-offending.
The UK government's move to electronically track criminals on parole shows how wearable technology can become a virtual prison.
Homeless young people have a significantly higher prevalence of adverse health issues and greater levels of contact with the justice system.
A new report’s findings provide a strong economic rationale for investing in early intervention to stem the flow of young people into homelessness.
Victoria needs an improved web of accountability to link various sectors together to ensure family violence perpetrators are made visible and accountable.
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Victoria's family violence system unintentionally protects male perpetrators by making them invisible and providing opportunities for them to avoid responsibility.
We view future crimes as more deserving of punishment than past ones.
If you want to get away with doing something bad, don't tell anyone until after you've done it.
There could be a number of appeals by prisoners after a Supreme Court ruling on joint enterprise.
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Prosecutors will no longer be able to fall back on racist stereotypes of gang violence.
O.J. Simpson, flanked by his lawyers, pumps his fists after the verdict is read in October 1995.
It was a true media bonanza – and we now know that the media played a powerful role in influencing public perception of guilt or innocence.
It’s vital to ensure youth put behind bars have been properly assessed before sentencing.
Many young people in jail suffer fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. Diagnosing these before sentencing will establish the most appropriate path for these vulnerable offenders, which often isn't jail.
Dyson Heydon prided himself throughout his judicial career on the robust independence and intellectual integrity he brought to the role.
How has a former judge with an avowed commitment to judicial independence and probity found himself at the centre of a very public controversy over his own impartiality?
Questions are being asked about why Man Haron Monis was free on bail, but a witch-hunt is unlikely to improve the process of deciding when to keep an accused person in custody.
The spotlight is on a 2013 decision to grant bail to Man Haron Monis, the man responsible for the Lindt Cafe siege a year later. It must be hoped risk-averse politicians can avoid knee-jerk responses.
Citizens’ juries are one mechanism to draw on informed public opinion to guide policy.
It is claimed 'tough on crime' policies reflect public opinion, but a properly informed public, via models such as citizens' juries, is likely to arrive at different views on prison and its alternatives.
Mob rules. Encitement and entrapment.
Groups like Letzgo Hunting claim to fill the gaps left by inefficient police work, but does their approach undermine police work and treatment?
This is science, not clairvoyance.
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Forensic science has revolutionised justice, but we may have too much faith in it.