Fingerprinting is a valuable police tool for tracking down suspects, but it's not perfect. However, we can reduce the risk of any mistaken identity if we work within the limits of fingerprinting.
Corruption, not gang warfare, is the root cause of the record violence in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. Until public officials stop shielding criminal groups like MS-13, lawlessness will reign.
The enthusiasm around swift, certain and fair approaches to sentencing offenders may not be backed by evidence.
The long-term effects are much worse for exonerees than for guilty prisoners.
Horrific mass shootings in the US typically renew the national debate about gun policy. A gun researcher explains the lack of funding for study in this area and what that means for informed policy.
An overriding focus on increasing sentences may not necessarily be the best means of redressing the harm caused by sex offences.
The shipwreck of the Batavia and subsequent murders of 115 men, women and children have inspired many retellings. A new exhibition combines art and science to find new angles on an old tale.
In the country's wealthiest cities, gentrification is a dirty word. But it's all relative – just ask Hartford and Columbus.
Gun control in Australia is not a black-and-white issue, and it's time we had a public debate that reflected that fact.
DNA evidence has a profile which it might not deserve.
Australia now has more states and territories with specific revenge porn laws than those without. But they may not be the most effective way to tackle the problem.
Most Australians would agree they have a right to privacy, a right not to incriminate themselves, and a right to freedom of thought. Brain fingerprinting threatens all three.
In historic cases the potential for a sentence to rehabilitate, incapacitate or deter the offender is largely insignificant – leaving the focus solely on retribution.
Genetic evidence has become a critical aspect of modern criminal investigations. What are the methods and approaches used in present-day DNA forensics?
Reporting child sexual abuse to police, and any subsequent investigation or trial, is a time of profound instability for victims and their families.
Sex workers shouldn't be victims of violent crime and murder at work – and yet they continue to face daily dangers.
The successful prosecution of the first criminal cartel case may be seen as a vindication of the decision to criminalise cartel conduct.
Using mind reading technologies in court could become common practice.
Some reports say crime is rising, but others that it is falling. Can they both be right?
A spate of recent attacks using acid have gained attention, but little is known about the motivations of the perpetrators.