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A Broken System: Error Rates in Capital Cases

Study, published by Columbia Law School Professor James S. Liebman, found there was a serious, reversible error in nearly 7 out of 10 capital cases over 23 years.

Crime Times

The purpose of Crime Times is to foster this effort by reporting state-of-the-art worldwide research on the causes and treatment of aberrant behavior. Topics addressed by Crime Times include: ADHD, aggression, conduct disorder, antisocial behavior, delinquency, impulsivity, violence, psychopath; the effects of imbalances of neurotransmitters and hormones; Head injuries and structural abnormalities of the brain; genetics, premature birth, low birth weight, and perinatal trauma; food and chemical sensitivities; and more.

Diverting Children from a Life of Crime

Study that estimates programs that offer cash and incentives for kids to stay in school could reduce crime as much as

International Centre for Prison Studies

The International Centre for Prison Studies seeks to assist governments and other relevant agencies to develop appropriate policies on prisons and the use of imprisonment. It carries out its work on a project or consultancy basis for international agencies, governmental and non-governmental organisations. It aims to make the results of its academic research and projects widely available to groups and individuals, both nationally and internationally, who might not normally use such work.

Justice Quarterly

Article entitled "Religious Programs, Institutional Adjustment, and Recidivism among Former Inmates in Prison Fellowship Programs" by Byron R. Johnson of Lamar University, David B. Larson of National Institute for Healthcare Research Duke University Medical Center and Timothy C. Pitts of Morehead State University.

Monitoring the Future

Monitoring the Future is an ongoing study of the behaviors, attitudes, and values of American secondary school students, college students, and young adults. Each year, a total of approximately 50,000 8th, 10th and 12th grade students are surveyed. In addition, annual follow-up questionnaires are mailed to a sample of each graduating class for a number of years after their initial participation.

PRIDE Survey

Study found that 2.7% of kids in grades 6-12 took a gun to school during the 1999-2000 school year.

A Simulation Study of the Psychology of Imprisonment Conducted at Stanford University - The Stanford Prison Experiment web site features an extensive slide show and information about this classic psychology experiment. What happens when you put good people in an evil place? Does humanity win over evil, or does evil triumph? These are some of the questions we posed in this dramatic simulation of prison life conducted in the summer of 1971 at Stanford University.

Private Prisons and Prison Labor

The creation of a prison-industrial complex is one the most disturbing things going on. Note there is no contradiction between the facts that prisons are both hugely expensive and very profitable. Just like with military spending, the cost is public cost and the profits are private profits: it's yet another way of funneling public money into the pockets of the rich few. Site contains a collection of articles on prison privatization and prison labor.

Rand Corporation Drug Policy Research Center

Research program that conducts empirical research, policy analysis, and outreach so that community leaders and public officials develop more effective strategies for dealing with drug problems. Its research includes projections of drug use trends, assessments of local drug problems and responses, evaluations of street-level drug markets, and comparative analyses of drug-related experiences and policies of other countries.

Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics

The Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics brings together data from more than 100 sources about many aspects of criminal justice in the United States. These data are displayed in over 600 tables. Currently this site presents Sourcebook 2003, the 31st edition. The site is updated regularly as new statistics become available. The Sourcebook is supported by the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics.

The Library of Congress

The Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with more than 130 million items on approximately 530 miles of bookshelves. The collections include more than 29 million books and other printed materials, 2.7 million recordings, 12 million photographs, 4.8 million maps, and 58 million manuscripts.