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Since California passed the first medical marijuana law in 1996, 30 US states and the District of Columbia have legalised medical marijuana. from www.shutterstock.com

Legalising medical marijuana shows no effect on crime rates in US states

People opposing medical marijuana are often concerned about increased crime rates, but analysis of city-level data across the US found medical marijuana laws have little effect on crime.
A global survey claims South Africans don’t trust their police. EPA/Nic Bothma

Why the global survey on safety is deeply flawed

The Law and Order Index says South Africans feel less secure than people in Yemen, the DRC and Libya, countries all affected by violent conflict.
Break-and-enters are increasingly viewed as a precursor to sexually violent crimes. So why do police forces misclassify and mischaracterize them? (Shutterstock)

How police underestimate break-ins as gateway crimes for sex predators

Break-and-enters are consistently common among incarcerated sex offenders as their first, or gateway, offence. But police forces' statistical manipulation allows them to go entirely undetected.
Police tape is shown in this May 2017 photo. Are Canadian police forces using an array of imaginative methods to inflate their solved crime rates? THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy

How police ‘cook the books’ on solved crime rates

Police forces use widespread and often dubious practices to inflate their solved crime rate. Here's how, and why, they do it, according to an expert on violent crimes and serial offenders.
A woman holds a flag as she looks out over the National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Threats of violent Islamist and far-right extremism: What does the research say?

Data on violent incidents in the US reveal that our focus on Islamist extremism since 9/11 may be misguided.

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