The expansion of the youth gangs known as Maras in the US, Mexico and Central America in recent years provides an interesting example not only of the increasing relevance of 'translocality' in gang formation, but also how counter–productive the misguided (transnational) institutional interventions can be. What makes the case particularly interesting is the extent to which … [Read more...] about Tracing a transnational gang: the rise of the Maras
A group of national security, interrogation, and intelligence professionals came together in Washington, D.C. to issue a statement of principles on torture. The message: Torture is illegal, ineffective, counterproductive, and immoral. Their conclusion is based on decades of experience, a strong consensus in behavioral science, and a commitment to American ideals and values. … [Read more...] about Interrogation and Intelligence Professionals condemn Torture
Gun violence is an urgent, complex, and multifaceted problem. It requires evidence-based, multifaceted solutions. Psychology can make important contributions to policies that prevent gun violence. Toward this end, in February 2013 the American Psychological Association commissioned this report by a panel of experts to convey research-based conclusions and recommendations (and … [Read more...] about Gun Violence: an urgent, complex, and multifaceted problem
As executions in the United States hit a 20-year low, one might assume that this trend reflects a more judicious and careful application of the death penalty--that judges and prosecutors are truly reserving the punishment for the worst of the worst. But comprehensive death penalty assessments by the American Bar Association, along with many other organizations, tell a … [Read more...] about Death Penalty becomes more rare and more problematic
When the Boston Marathon bombing occurred, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was 19 years old. That means he could face the death penalty if convicted in the bombing. If the bombing had occurred two years earlier, when he was 17, that wouldn't be possible. The Supreme Court banned the death penalty for juveniles in 2005. In that case, the court received briefs from the American … [Read more...] about Should Neuroscience save Tsarnaev from the Death Penalty?