articles tagged: crime
how junk science can land you on death row
# science

how junk science can land you on death row

Far too much of what passes for forensic science in courtrooms fails to meet basic scientific standards while sending people to jail. And those who could fix this problem are refusing to help us.

can electricity treat criminal behavior?
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can electricity treat criminal behavior?

Crime and a lack of impulse control go hand in hand. Now, there may be a way to activate that impulse control with an electric current. But we’ll need to be careful how we use it.

movies are getting more violent but crime rates continue to fall
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movies are getting more violent but crime rates continue to fall

Slowly but surely, violence in movies has been escalating, prompting recurring spasms of fear that a surge in violent crime will inevitably follow, yet violent crimes rates keep declining. Why?

why encryption is an all or nothing affair
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why encryption is an all or nothing affair

District Attorneys are going to try mandating encryption backdoors again and refuse to understand why it can't be done without cratering the modern economy.

how statistical literacy can turn conventional wisdom on its head
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how statistical literacy can turn conventional wisdom on its head

A thorough study of prison records spanning 15 years shows that recidivism is actually a lot lower than the numbers commonly cited in the media.

when open source is the only fair way to go
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when open source is the only fair way to go

If your code can result in people being sent to jail for decades, if not death row, that code should be open source and subject to review. The courts don't seem to understand that yet.

the odd case of the crime rate paradox
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the odd case of the crime rate paradox

Crime rates are plummeting and no one seems to be able to explain why.