Felicity Huffman leaves federal court with her husband William H. Macy, left, and her brother Moore Huffman Jr. rear center, after she was sentenced in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal, Sept. 13, 2019, in Boston.
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The fallout from the Huffman case has been intense, with much anger centered on the light punishment meted out to a white A-list celebrity versus the excessive charges levelled at Black defendants.
A new book by ABC journalist Jess Hill is the result of four years’ investigation into the problem of domestic violence.
A new book scrutinises the social and psychological causes of domestic abuse, its terrifying consequences, particularly the impact on children, and the failure of our legal and social institutions to adequately respond.
Many psychologists claim memory is unreliable.
Witness testimony is often a key element of a trial. While nonverbal behaviours such as crossed arms or furtive glances can influence decision-makers, often their beliefs about such cues are inaccurate.
Facial expressions and gestures can impact the outcome of a trial that depends on the credibility of witnesses.
It is a national shame that Indigenous people make up 2% of the general population, but 28% of the prison population.
Indigenous Australians are vastly over-represented in the prison population, but the success of a new program is offering hope that it can be turned around.
Prison represents only a temporary disruption in tobacco use for many smokers.
The only quitting tool most Australian prisoners have access to is nicotine lozenges. These are being mixed with tea leaves to create a smokable product known as "teabacco".
Nigeria is failing to prosecute banking executives charged with fraud due to deep weaknesses in the system.
South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, has a tough job of convincing investors that the country has turned the corner.
South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa needs to display that wrongdoers of the Jacob Zuma era are going to be held accountable through prosecution.
Australian governments have too often succumbed to perceived community pressure to limit parole authorities’ independence and powers.
Government and judicial interventions into the decisions of parole boards display a progressive loss of faith in these independent bodies.
‘I find the accused …’
Only 5% of rape complaints in the UK end in convictions – what a legacy for the #metoo generation.
South Africa is seeing a growing body of class action.
As an extra-legal factor stereotypes can undermine fairness.
UQx Crime101x The Psychology of Criminal Justice
Stereotypes can undermine the fairness of criminal trials, but research can help us understand and counter the effect of stereotypes through law reform.
Ghana’s justice system is not just slow. It’s also expensive and sometimes even harsh.
Finding justice in Ghana is a slow and often frustrating process. To speed things up, the courts in the country need to reform and modernise.
Neuroscience can help incarcerated brains.
Hollywood pushes a fantasy version of what neuroscience can do in the courtroom. But the field does have real benefits to offer, right now: solid evidence on what would improve prisons.
Anti-government protesters march in Guatemala City, Guatemala, Sept. 20, 2017.
What happens when outsiders step in with good intentions? As the crisis in Guatemala shows, it's complicated.
Bearing the brunt of wider failures.
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An overhaul of the probation system has left the justice system foundering.
To improve on a building like the Don Dale centre, design that properly considers human behaviour needs to take priority for its replacement.
Architecture can affect behaviour and the choices we make. The brief is out for a centre to replace the Don Dale facility, but word is, it's 'a disgrace'. We can do much better.
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?