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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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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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SWAT Pranks and SWAT Mistakes

The proliferation of risky police raids over the decades.

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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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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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The Monetary Cost of a Wrongful Conviction in New York

A Brooklyn man who spent more than a dozen years in prison for a crime he likely did not commit will receive $3 million from New York State. He may get even more from New York City.

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The War on Organized Environmental Crime

A recent report outlines new strategies that could be used to save the environment from criminal syndicates.

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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.

This Is Your Brain

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Complicated Grief: Reframing the Way We Think About Love and Loss

It’s not exactly true that everyone grieves in their own way. It’s a universal experience, which is good, because that can help us to better understand the mourning among us.

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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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Dead! Executions and the Power of Photography

How might things change if we allowed cameras in the execution room?

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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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Does a Cold Courtroom Result in Murder Convictions?

The ambient temperature of a courtroom could change the way people perceive crimes—which, in turn, could affect sentencing.

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Why Do Rich Kids Commit Crimes?

In short: Because they’re rich.

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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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We’re Not So Great at Rejecting Each Other

And it's probably something we should work on.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and the Brain

Neuroscientists find less—but potentially stronger—white matter in the brains of patients with CFS.

Incumbents, Pray for Rain

Come next Tuesday, rain could push voters toward safer, more predictable candidates.

Could Economics Benefit From Computer Science Thinking?

Computational complexity could offer new insight into old ideas in biology and, yes, even the dismal science.

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.

The Big One

One town, Champlain, New York, was the source of nearly half the scams targeting small businesses in the United States last year. November/December 2014

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