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CrimeDime April 2012 Roundup

April 30, 2012 by


CrimeDime had a great month. Not only did we redesign the site, we also watched CrimeDime grow with many new visitors and followers. Thanks to our readers for helping to make this a great site with interesting discussion in the comments. In case you missed it, here’s what we covered in April. April includes National […]

Dumbing Up: Writing Forensic Psychology for Dummies

April 27, 2012 by


by David Canter Just out of my BA in psychology, trying to earn a crust by teaching an adult education night class for the WEA in Crewe, I decided I should not use any jargon or unnecessary technical terms. Having prepared enough material for the first five weeks, and faced with an audience old enough […]

Cuffing Kids: How Young is Too Young?

April 26, 2012 by


When Salecia Johnson, a six year old girl, was handcuffed by police for a “tantrum” at school, Milledgeville Police Chief Dray Swicord justified the action by saying, “Our policy is that any detainee transported to our station in a patrol vehicle is to be handcuffed in the back. There is no age discrimination on that […]

I Have a (Woman) I’m Very Protective Of: What Can Men do to Stop Rape?

April 25, 2012 by


“I have a  Sister. Mother. Aunt. Wife. Cousin. Daughter. Girlfriend. Grandmother. Friend. Coach. Teacher. Neighbor.  and I’m very protective of her.” How many times have you heard a man say this sentence? And isn’t the context of the conversation usually intimate partner violence, sexual assault, or violence against women in general? Men say this to […]

Using Google’s Public Data Service to Visualize FBI Uniform Crime Report Data

April 25, 2012 by


The Federal Bureau of Investigation makes the Uniform Crime Report (UCR) data publicly available, and has even introduced a web-based tool to search the data in 2010. But Google’s Public Data service may offer the best option to quickly customize and display UCR crime data. You can even embed the charts in your website, but […]

Who Are Crime Victims?

April 24, 2012 by


I say “crime victim.” Without thinking, what popped into your mind? If you had a mental image, what was it? Chances are, the person that you immediately thought of is female, white, middle class, maybe a little girl, maybe a soccer mom. Yet the data don’t support that image, which is created by media and […]

Crime Victims’ Rights Week

April 24, 2012 by


This week is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. The American criminal justice system is often criticized for giving many rights to criminal defendants, but in recent decades victims have also won substantial legal rights. The first crime victim compensation fund was established in California in 1965, but the first Crime Victims’ rights week wasn’t held […]