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A ministry program student at a Texas prison. Some inmates cite religion to avoid gang recruitment. Robert Daemmrich Photography Inc/Corbis via Getty Images

We spoke to hundreds of prison gang members – here’s what they said about life behind bars

Gangs are still a significant reality in US prisons. But most inmates say that their power has been watered down, and they no longer rule facilities with an iron fist.
Though illegal, fortune telling was only sporadically prosecuted. Here, two women set up tents at the 1913 Adelaide Children’s Hospital fete. State Library of SA

Did they see it coming? How fortune-telling took hold in Australia - with women as clients and criminals

In the early 1900s, fortune-telling provided entertainment, social connection and a job for some Australians. Its legal status made criminals of women, yet allowed others entry to the police force.
When it comes to faces, most of us are typical-recognisers, with just a small percentage classed as super-recognisers. Shutterstock

Facial recognition: research reveals new abilities of ‘super-recognisers

"Super-recognisers" who can identify a range of ethnicities could help increase fraud detection rates at passport control and decrease false conviction rates  that have relied on CCTV.
New research shows that Canadians who live in rural areas hold more punitive attitudes about crime and how to control it than their urban counterparts. (Pixabay)

Crime and punishment: Rural people are more punitive than city-dwellers

Those living in rural areas have more punitive attitudes toward crime and how to control it than city-dwellers, and it's a major component of the growing urban-rural divide in Canada.
Homicide has gradually declined over three decades. simon jhuan/Shutterstock.com

Homicide is declining around the world – but why?

Since 1990, the homicide rate has declined by 20%. Researchers are still figuring out what's behind the trend: increased incarceration, improvements in the economy or even aging populations.

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