Killer Christopher Halliwell almost escaped trial after a police officer bent the rules to find one of his victims.
We all like to think we are free agents and have huge degrees of agency. But, in reality, our health reflects the environments we live in.
There's a concern that images posted on social media run the risk of disrupting the accurate identification of people allegedly involved in a crime.
Do Americans view all youth as equally 'innocent'? A historian takes us back to the movement that led to unequal treatment of black and white youth in the justice system.
Case management from nurses combined with peer coaching from ex-offenders helps recently released parolees avoid the behavior that got them locked up in the first place.
A few high-profile cases of jail inmates who committed suicide reveal only a fraction of the problem. NYU expert digs into why jail suicides may be on the rise -- again.
Some believe neuroscience should change the way we punish criminals, but courts have been slow to embrace new approaches.
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.
It got top billing in the Queen's speech but is anyone actually any clearer on what the government's prison reforms are?
Should those convicted of domestic violence be punished differently? A professor from the University of Maryland thinks harsher policies may make the problem worse.
It's time to challenge the misconceptions plaguing veterans.
For an unlucky few, an execution can mean the death of their own hopes of overturning a wrongful conviction.
Closing Victorian jails is an opportunity to create prisons that benefit inmates – and society.
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.
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?
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.
Prison-style regimes are not safe for children – and especially for those who are already vulnerable.
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.
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.
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.