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Category Archives: Profiling

Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology: Special Issue on Criminal Profiling

28-Sep-08

The latest issue of Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology [23(2)] is a Special Issue on Criminal Profiling edited by Craig Bennell. The issue contains several articles on the research basis for criminal profiling, its limitations and applications. In his introduction to the issue, Bennell explains that the papers touch on some of the …debates [...]

Power, Anger, and Sadistic Rapists and other articles in the latest issue of International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology

13-Jul-08

The August 2008 issue of International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology (Vol. 52, No. 4) is out, and contains (as usual) an interesting range of articles. Here’s one that will be of particlar interest to those interested in psychological profiling of offenders – the theory that particular types of offending behaviour may be [...]

Did a psychological profile go too far?

11-Apr-08

Did a psychological profile go too far? Via the Associated Press, 6 April: His life a shambles after he was sent to prison for murder, then set free with new evidence, Timothy Masters paused to reflect on the calamitous series of events that brought him to ruin’s precipice. Almost 21 years passed before DNA evidence [...]

Quick links – investigations, courtroom, punishment, profiling and more

04-Dec-07

Quick links from around the web and blogosphere: Investigations and courtroom : The Sunday Times (25 Nov) reports on a new facial morphing technique called EvoFIT “that transforms the Photofit faces of criminal suspects into animated caricatures up to seven times more likely to be recognised than standard likenesses”. The system was developed by UK [...]

Malcolm Gladwell on criminal profiling

11-Nov-07

Malcolm Gladwell casts a skeptical eye over the theory and practice of criminal profiling in his most recent article for the New Yorker (12 Nov). His piece has generated a lot of coverage in the blogs, with some commentary from, among others, Mind Hacks, Karen Franklin and The Frontal Cortex. I’m all for the ‘debunking’ [...]

New issue: Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice 23(3)

06-Sep-07

The August 2007 issue of Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice 23(3) is a special issue on racial profiling. Follow the link to the publisher’s website for abstracts and access to full text articles. Contents include: Profiles of Injustice: The Theory and Practice of Racial Profiling – Zina T. McGee Racial Profiling and the Courts: An [...]

New issue: Aggression and Violent Behavior – special issue on Crime Classification and Offender Typologies

01-Sep-07

The Sept-Oct 2007 issue of Aggression and Violent Behavior 12(5) is a special issue on Crime Classification and Offender Typologies. Follow the link to the publisher’s website for abstracts and access to full text articles. Contents include: New directions in offender typology design, development, and implementation: Can we balance risk, treatment and control? – James [...]

New issue: Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling 4(1)

21-Aug-07

The January 2007 issue of Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling 4(1) has only just gone online. Follow the link to the publisher’s website for abstracts and access to full text articles. Contents include: Crime behaviours and distance travelled in homicides and rapes – Pekka Santtila, Manne Laukkanen, Angelo ZappalĂ  From marine ecology to [...]

New issue: Psychology, Crime & Law, 13(3)

10-Jul-07

Psychology, Crime & Law, 13(3), June 2007 , is now online. Follow the link to the publisher’s website for abstracts and access to full text articles. Sign up for personalised ToC alerts here. Contents include: The education of jury members: Influences on the determinations of child witnesses – Crissa Sumner-Armstrong; Peter A. Newcombe Vehicle-related crime [...]

Two approaches to predicting crime

08-May-07

Scary news from Cincinnati, as a group of ‘community organisers and government officials’ draws up a list of 1500 ‘most dangerous’ criminals with ‘a propensity to commit murder and other acts of violence’. The Cincinnati Enquirer (23 April) reports: [...] The group, including Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune, wants police and other agencies to use [...]