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.
How do government agencies make decisions?
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Data-driven algorithms drive decision-making in ways that touch our economic, social and civic lives. But they contain inherent biases and assumptions that are too often invisible to the public.
HMP Wandsworth in London.
It got top billing in the Queen's speech but is anyone actually any clearer on what the government's prison reforms are?
Behavior change is key to decreasing domestic violence.
Should those convicted of domestic violence be punished differently? A professor from the University of Maryland thinks harsher policies may make the problem worse.
Not all soldiers are destined for a life of crime post-service.
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It's time to challenge the misconceptions plaguing veterans.
Condemned Row at San Quentin State Prison
For an unlucky few, an execution can mean the death of their own hopes of overturning a wrongful conviction.
Doing time: successful prisons have to ensure prisoners' time is well spent.
Closing Victorian jails is an opportunity to create prisons that benefit inmates – and society.
Innocence puts you at risk in an interrogation room.
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Innocent people do confess to terrible crimes they had nothing to do with. Psychologists are investigating factors that contribute to false confession – including how well-rested a suspect feels.
In the Netflix series Making a Murderer, Brendan Dassey is subject to interrogation tactics known as the ‘Reid technique’.
Innocent people do confess under interrogation to crimes they did not commit, even providing details about the crime. What leads them to falsely confess to very serious crimes?
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.
The G4S-run youth offender institution that come under fire.
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Prison-style regimes are not safe for children – and especially for those who are already vulnerable.
Demonstrators protest Laquan McDonald’s shooting in Chicago.
More than 1,000 people have been killed by police in the US this year alone. Unlike the officer who shot Laquan McDonald, few are ever charged.
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Italian law is very clear on what constitutes a mafia-type organisation. But that definition could change if prosecutors in a high-profile case have their way.
Early support could save lives and allow Aboriginal people with mental and cognitive disability to live with dignity in their communities.
Aboriginal people with mental and cognitive disability are managed mostly by police, courts, prison and hospitals. It's costing us millions, when kinder and cheaper alternatives exist.
The needs of Aboriginal women with disabilities are not being met by any human service system, research shows.
Research suggests serious problems with the way Aboriginal women, particularly those with mental and cognitive disabilities, are "managed" by the criminal justice system.
Aboriginal people with mental and cognitive disability are ‘managed’ by police, courts and prisons due to a lack of appropriate community-based services.
Australia's high rates of imprisonment and re-imprisonment of Aboriginal people with mental and cognitive disabilities is not only shameful, it is entirely predictable and preventable.
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.
Last Saturday, presidential hopefuls Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley were booed and heckled by liberal activists at a town hall discussion at the Netroots Nation annual conference. Why would attendees…
Getting out of jail may no longer be free.
The US is facing a silent crisis on prison probation, and the UK is following its lead.
Another ordeal for victims of forced marriage.
One year after new laws made forced marriage illegal, our expert reviews the progress made - or lack thereof.