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Lauren Kirchner

Lauren Kirchner
Lauren Kirchner is the Web editor of The Baffler. She has written for the Columbia Journalism Review, Capital New York, Slate, The Awl, The Hairpin, and many others. Follow her on Twitter @lkirchner.

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Doubly Victimized: The Shocking Prevalence of Violence Against Homeless Women

An especially vulnerable population is surveyed by researchers.

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The Fight for Elder Rights

A review of new proposals to put a stop to elder abuse and support the rights of the elderly around the world.

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On Free Will, Fate, and a Science That Sways Juries

A new study shows how teaching people about neuroscience can make them softer on crime.

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The Surprisingly Lax Oversight of the Security Guard Industry

The private security industry is exploding, but regulations and training aren’t keeping up.

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The Long Arm of Whitey Bulger

A compelling new documentary on Boston’s infamous mob boss shows the lasting trauma of his reign of terror.

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How Can We Prevent False Confessions From Kids and Teenagers?

A new study shows that most cops use the same interrogation techniques on both adults and juveniles—and why that needs to change.

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Weird and Terrible Kidnapping Hoaxes

Perpetrators tell of wanting money, wanting to get lost, and wanting to be found.

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Pregnant in Prison

Will Orange Is the New Black show the complicated reality?

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The High-Tech—and Very Low-Tech—Tactics of Corporate Espionage

No matter the methods, the motivations are the same.

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To Catch an Arsonist: Will We Ever Have a Reliable Way to Identify Fire Starters?

Gradual advancements in the art and science of fire investigation continue.

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The Dangers of Criminalizing Pregnancy Outcomes

New legislation in Tennessee has implications much wider than the use of illegal drugs by pregnant mothers-to-be.

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Bringing Sexual Assault on Campus Into the Light

Efforts to increase transparency—and safety—at colleges and universities.

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Lottery Scams and Impossible Luck

Lotteries (both real and fake) are rife with fraudsters who’ve figured out how to game the system and manipulate the gullible.

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Remembering the Drug Court Revolution

Stories from the 25th anniversary celebration of the nation’s first drug court.

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Tax Crime Nation

Tax evasion persists, and tax return scams involving identity theft are on the rise.

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Private Eyes Behaving Badly

How is the criminal justice system compromised when our investigators need investigating?

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Let’s Stop Using the Term ‘Modern-Day Slavery’

Human trafficking isn’t a relic of history.

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Radical Life Extension and Time-Slowing Drugs

These ideas for the future of prison sentencing are outrageous, but the current state of affairs is, too.

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Joining a Gang Makes People Sick

Seattle’s version of the 7 Up series reveals the long-term damage to adults who were in gangs as kids.

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Media as Both Weapon and Defense in the Mexican Drug War

The impact of social media and the press on the drug war, and vice versa.

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Are Prison Education Programs Worth It?

Cost-benefit analyses should consider more than dollars and cents.

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The Armenian Power Gang, Hollywood Hellions

Meet the little-known crime ring with the lengthiest rap sheet.

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The Wild Illogic of Barring Felons From Voting

And what Attorney General Eric Holder missed in his recent speech on, among other things, the disproportionate burden of voter disenfranchisement of felons felt by minorities.

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The Staggering Costs of Kickbacks, Bribery, and Theft in the Military

The structure of the military means that when people high up in the chain of command aren’t held responsible for the crimes they commit, that message will quickly ripple down the ranks.

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How a CEO’s Fiery Battle Speeches Can Shape Ethical Behavior

CEO war speech might inspire ethical decisions internally and unethical ones among competing companies.

Modern Technology Still Doesn’t Protect Americans From Deadly Landslides

No landslide monitoring or warning systems are being used to protect vulnerable communities.

The Link Between Carbs, Gut Microbes, and Colon Cancer

Reduced carb intake among mice protected them from colon cancer.

The New Weapon Against Disease-Spreading Insects Is Big Data

Computer models that pinpoint the likely locations of mosquitoes and tsetse flies are helping officials target vector control efforts.

People Are Clueless About Placebos

Doctors know that sometimes the best medicine is no medicine at all. But how do patients feel about getting duped into recovery?

The Big One

Today, the United States produces less than two percent of the clothing purchased by Americans. In 1990, it produced nearly 50 percent. July/August 2014

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