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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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The Very Weak and Complicated Links Between Mental Illness and Gun Violence

Vanderbilt University’s Jonathan Metzl and Kenneth MacLeish address our anxieties and correct our assumptions.

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The Cost of Juvenile Incarceration

States pay hundreds of thousands of dollars every year to keep each juvenile offender behind bars. A new report calculates that long-term costs of incarceration could add up to $21 billion annually.

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Can Children Who Survive Crimes Be Re-Traumatized by the Press?

New research cautions journalists against harming their most vulnerable sources.

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How to Beat a Polygraph

Visualize cool beers on warm summer nights.

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For Juvenile Records, It’s ‘Justice by Geography’

A new study finds an inconsistent patchwork of policies across states for how juvenile records are sealed and expunged.

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Odometer Fraud Continues to Plague Used Car Sales

The tools and methods have evolved over the decades, but the crime remains the same.

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When Your Stalker Is a Cop

Where do you go for help when the people who are meant to keep you safe are the real danger?

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Cycles of Fear and Bias in the Criminal Justice System

Exploring the psychological roots of racial disparity in U.S. prisons.

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The Psychology of Bribery and Corruption

An FBI agent offered up confidential information about a political operative’s enemy in exchange for cash—and they both got caught. What were they thinking?

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Faster Justice, Closer to Home: The Power of Community Courts

Community courts across the country are fighting judicial backlog and lowering re-arrest rates.

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Why Solitary Confinement Hurts Juveniles More Than Adults

New York City is ending its use of solitary confinement for juvenile offenders. Here’s the science behind the decision.

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Can Prisons Predict Which Inmates Will Try to Escape?

And what can they do to prevent it?

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The Fake Birth Mothers Who Bilk Couples Out of Their Cash by Promising Future Babies

Another group that’s especially vulnerable to scams and fraud is that made up of those who are desperate to adopt a child.

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When Counterfeit and Contaminated Drugs Are Deadly

The cost and the crackdown, worldwide.

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Prescription Painkiller Abuse Linked With Heroin

As states crack down hard on pain prescriptions, some are seeing a resurgence in abuse of the harder stuff.

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SWAT Pranks and SWAT Mistakes

The proliferation of risky police raids over the decades.

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The Transformative Effects of Bearing Witness

How witnessing inmate executions affects those who watch, and how having an audience present can also affect capital punishment process and policy.

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Making Police Departments More Diverse Isn’t Enough

Local police departments should reflect the communities they serve, but fixing that alone won’t curb unnecessary violence.

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Shooting a Mountain Lion

Until his illegal hunting business was shut down by authorities, you could have paid Christopher Loncarich $7,000 to bag a mountain lion.

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Sealing Criminal Records for the Possibility of Redemption

Cory Booker and Rand Paul’s REDEEM Act.

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The Elusive Link Between Casinos and Crime

With a study of the impact of Philadelphia’s SugarHouse Casino, a heated debate gets fresh ammunition.

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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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Stop Trying to Be the ‘Next Silicon Valley’

American cities often try to mimic their more economically successful counterparts. A new study suggests that it's time to stop.

Don’t Text and Drive—Especially If You’re Old

A new study shows that texting while driving becomes even more dangerous with age.

Apparently You Can Bring Your Religion to Work

New research says offices that encourage talk of religion actually make for happier workplaces.

Canadian Kids Have a Serious Smoking Problem

Bootleg cigarette sales could be leading Canadian teens to more serious drugs, a recent study finds.

The Big One

One in two United States senators and two in five House members who left office between 1998 and 2004 became lobbyists. November/December 2014

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