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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.

True Crime

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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.

True Crime

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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.

True Crime

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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.

True Crime

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Weird and Terrible Kidnapping Hoaxes

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

True Crime

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Pregnant in Prison

Will Orange Is the New Black show the complicated reality?

Sociological Images

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Dead! Executions and the Power of Photography

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

True Crime

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

No matter the methods, the motivations are the same.

True Crime

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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.

True Crime

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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.

True Crime

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Bringing Sexual Assault on Campus Into the Light

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

Quick Studies

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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.

Inequality

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Why Do Rich Kids Commit Crimes?

In short: Because they’re rich.

True Crime

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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.

True Crime

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Remembering the Drug Court Revolution

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

Health Care

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A Growing Number of Americans: Drug Abuse Is a Health Issue, Not a Crime

Other countries, like Canada and Switzerland, have shown how the shifting opinion can result in action.

True Crime

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The Secret Cost of a Surveillance Society

Fear of the criminal justice system can lead to negative health, financial, and educational outcomes.

True Crime

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Tax Crime Nation

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

True Crime

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Bring Back Hemlock! America’s Dirty Secret About Lethal Injections

Amid drug shortage, states look to shady distributors—with disastrous results.

True Crime

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Private Eyes Behaving Badly

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

Quick Studies

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Are You Financing Seafood Crime?

As some of the world’s top seafood consumers, Americans funnel billions of dollars a year to a shady network of exploitative fish launderers.

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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?

No, Walking on All 4 Limbs Is Not a Sign of Human ‘Devolution’

New quantitative analysis reveals that people with Uner Tan Syndrome don't actually walk like primates at all.

Why Didn’t California’s Handheld Phone Ban Reduce Motor Accidents?

Are handheld cell phones as dangerous as they have been made out to be?

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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