Some youths find in gangs the love and social standing that's missing in their home lives.
Predicting whether a child will commit a crime before their 18th birthday is fraught with problems.
Machine learning is being used to see if it's possible to predict whether someone will commit a crime some time in the future. But does this risk condemning people for a crime they haven’t committed?
Philip Green: hit hard by MPs.
Philip Green has been vilified by MPs just as Theresa May vows to take on bad behaviour in big business. New research reveals just how urgent a task this is for voters.
Should people with brain disorders receive different punishment for crimes?
Some believe neuroscience should change the way we punish criminals, but courts have been slow to embrace new approaches.
Is there a better way to predict whether someone once released will return behind bars?
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Two-thirds of released prisoners in the US are arrested again within three years. Here's how we could change that.
The Northern Territory’s Alcohol Mandatory Treatment Act is disproportionately applied to Aboriginal people.
In the Northern Territory, public drunkenness can force someone into an alcohol treatment centre for three months. The policy has no basis in evidence and discriminates against Aboriginal people.
Female serial killers are more likely to murder friends and family.
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Male serial killers get all the press. But what does the research say about female serial killers?
Cases involving mental health are mostly heard in Victoria’s Supreme Court. They are complex, costly - and rare.
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Few things cause more public alarm than the notion of the “crazed killer” walking our streets. A common figure in newspaper headlines and current affairs shows, he (occasionally she) is often accompanied…
Are kids being chemically quelled in order to fit into modern schools and workplaces?
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Every few months, the same question about attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is posed in the media - is it real? The latest example comes from leading American neuroscientist, Dr Bruce Perry…