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CrimeDime July 2012 Roundup

July 31, 2012 by

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Ah, July. That time of year thou mayst in me behold dripping sweat, vacation zen, and glacially chilled iced tea. It’s when we ponder the legality of lemonade stands, and wonder if we can send the cops after those kids whose grimy hands may have given us dysentery. It’s also when we fire up the […]

How Common is Sexual Assault in Correctional Facilities?

July 5, 2012 by

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A 2005 article that appeared in The Criminologist was titled, “It ain’t happening here: Working to understand prison rape.” Although I had spent some time working in correctional facilities at that point, I still labored under the popular myth that sexual assaults in prison were absolutely ubiquitous. Kreinert and Fleisher’s article taught me otherwise, and […]

Darnell Hawkins’ and a Research Agenda for Ethnicity Studies and Crime

June 22, 2012 by

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Darnell Hawkins spoke at the National Institute of Justice Annual Conference held this week. On a panel titled “The Relationships Between Neighborhoods, Race and Crime,” Hawkins discussed his perspective on the study of race and crime as a an academic with a long and respected career. While he described himself self-deprecatingly as “grumpy” about our […]

CrimeDime May 2012 Roundup

May 31, 2012 by

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You might have celebrated Star Wars Day (May the Fourth Be With You – get it? get it?), Towel Day, or Geek Pride Day. Or maybe you just geeked out on CrimeDime. We hope you did, but in case you missed something, here’s what happened on CrimeDime in May. Victimization was the major theme of […]

What Do We Know About Gangs?

May 16, 2012 by

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Gangs are notoriously difficult study. How do you define them? Ask people to self-identify and trust their answers? Ask cops? Social scientists? Prison officials? All of these methods have serious flaws, but there’s no great alternative. So how does the National Gang Center conduct the National Youth Gang Survey? Since 1996, the National Gang Center, […]

Is it OK to Polygraph Juveniles?

May 9, 2012 by

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Should we give lie detector tests to kids? What if those kids are offenders? What if they are sex offenders? What if the polygraph is used for treatment rather than investigation? A recent article published in the Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency and Prevention’s new¬†Journal of Juvenile Justice discusses an exploratory study using polygraphs in […]

Who Knows When Kids are Victimized? Schools Do

May 1, 2012 by

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The Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency and Prevention (OJJDP) just released a bulletin titled “Child and Youth Victimization Known to Police, School, and¬†Medical Authorities.” Perhaps the most interesting finding is the size of the discrepancy between schools and police knowing about child victimizations. In general, school officials knew about victimization episodes considerably more often (42 […]