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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 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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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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Politicians Really Aren’t Better Decision Makers

Politicians took part in a classic choice experiment but failed to do better than the rest of us.

Earliest High-Altitude Settlements Found in Peru

Discovery suggests humans adapted to high altitude faster than previously thought.

My Politicians Are Better Looking Than Yours

A new study finds we judge the cover by the book—or at least the party.

That Cigarette Would Make a Great Water Filter

Clean out the ashtray, add some aluminum oxide, and you've (almost) got yourself a low-cost way to remove arsenic from drinking water.

Love and Hate in Israel and Palestine

Psychologists find that parties to a conflict think they're motivated by love while their enemies are motivated by hate.

The Big One

One company, Amazon, controls 67 percent of the e-book market in the United States—down from 90 percent five years ago. September/October 2014 new-big-one-5

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