Not only do each and every one of us have very individual traits and looks but we have one thing that makes us completely unique and cannot be altered: these are our fingerprints. Fingerprints - and their individuality - are one of the most important pieces of evidence that can be presented in the prosecuting of any crime. Classifying Fingerprints Back in 1892 … [Read more...] about Fingerprints: Principles and Classification
Gun Violence: an urgent, complex, and multifaceted problem
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
Stalking Risk increases among College Students
According to a study by the Crime Victims' Institute at Sam Houston State University, college students are at higher risk for stalking than the general public, but are less likely to report the crime to police. "Majoring in stalking: Exploring stalking experiences between college students and the general public," co-authored by Patrick Q. Brady and Leana A. Bouffard, found … [Read more...] about Stalking Risk increases among College Students
Should Neuroscience save Tsarnaev from the Death Penalty?
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?
Today’s Offenders are Tomorrow’s Victims in Gangs
Gang members are twice as likely to become both a victim and an offender of a crime than non-gang members, as single acts of violence often lead to retribution between gangs as a whole, according to a new study. "In other words, gang members are not distinctly offenders or victims; instead, gang membership is a common source of both forms of violence," said David Pyrooz, an … [Read more...] about Today’s Offenders are Tomorrow’s Victims in Gangs