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Having neglected this blog somewhat in recent weeks I find myself now overwhelmed with interesting snippets from around the web and blogosphere. Here are just a few that caught my eye:

The Eyewitness Reform Blog reports on a conviction “overturned for failure to “seriously consider” expert testimony on eyewitness factors”: “The court didn’t go as far as to say that it was error to exclude the expert testimony, but citing Illinois case law, found that it was error to fail to provide a reasoned basis for its exclusion.”

The Eyewitness Reform Blog also highlights the recent publication of an article in the NIJ Journal on making eyewitness identification in police line-ups more reliable.

Convicted conman Frank Abnegale claims that a combination of technology and living in “an extremely unethical society” has made crime easier: “You can build all the security systems in the world; you can build the most sophisticated technology, and all it takes is one weak link — someone who operates that technology — to bring it all down” (hat tip to Slashdot).

Some great posts from Romeo Vitelli at Providentia recently, including the tale of a psychotic priest killer, an exorcism case in Singapore, the killer who boasted about how easy it was to lie to psychiatrists, Guy de Maupassant’s struggle with neurosyphilis and two articles on shell shock.

Scott Henson over at Grits for Breakfast has also had some interesting posts up in the last few weeks, including a critique of the “policy many police and probation departments have adopted of rounding up all the registered sex offenders in their community into custody on Halloween night to keep them from having children come to their door” (see also Karen Franklin’s post) and a comment on the fact that although Americans are less likely to be victims of crime, their fear of crime just keeps rising.

Forensic psych Karen Franklin highlights some interesting (and free) articles on sex offending in the journal Sexual Offender Treatment. Whilst I’m talking about Karen, I’ll point you to a great little piece she wrote in September in which she demolishes a few myths and provides some practical advice about what it takes to become a forensic psych.

Michael Connolly at Corrections Sentencing points us towards the impressive set of evaluation resources over at the Bureau of Justice Assistance.

Carnival Against Sexual Violence 34 is up at Abyss2Hope.

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Free online access to Sage Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Interpersonal Violence Journals

Every so often Sage Publications generously offers free access to some of its journals. Their latest offer is a free online trial to their Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Interpersonal Violence Journals and is a great chance to develop your e-library. Regular PCN readers will know how many interesting articles have appeared in these journals over the last few months!

Between now and 15 December 2007 you can access articles from the following journals, without subscription:

  • Crime & Delinquency
  • Child Maltreatment
  • Criminal Justice and Behavior
  • Criminal Justice Policy Review
  • Criminal Justice Review
  • Crime, Media, Culture
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • European Journal of Criminology
  • Feminist Criminology
  • Homicide Studies
  • International Criminal Justice Review
  • International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
  • Journal of Correctional Health Care
  • Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice
  • Journal of Interpersonal Violence
  • Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency
  • Law, Culture, and the Humanities
  • Police Quarterly
  • Probation Journal
  • Punishment & Society
  • Social & Legal Studies
  • Theoretical Criminology
  • The Prison Journal
  • Trauma, Violence, & Abuse
  • Violence Against Women
  • Youth Justice
  • Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice

Sign up for access via this page.

Podcast round up

MP3onredSome recent podcasts on topics relevant to psychology and crime:

Reforming the New Orleans Criminal Justice System (Leonard Lopate Show, 13 Sept):

Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans… Police stations and jails were ruined, essential information and files were lost, and the people who make up the criminal justice system were traumatized and displaced. Two years after the hurricane the system is up and running, but serious problems remain. Michael Jacobson, the Director of The Vera Institute of Justice, joins Leonard to speak about what happened in the aftermath of Katrina and what can be done to improve the justice system. MP3

Tackling Indonesian terror (ABC Radio, Australia, Background Briefing, 23 Sept):

In a first for the international media, Bali bomber Ali Imron is let out of prison to explain why he’s now working to stop terrorism. In this exclusive interview, Ali Imron tells of how he’s battling with his radical brothers to prevent further violence. It’s just one part of Indonesia’s ground breaking and controversial counter terrorism strategy. MP3

Steven Pinker: A brief history of violence (TED talks, Sept 2007):

In a preview of his next book, Steven Pinker takes on violence. We live in violent times, an era of heightened warfare, genocide and senseless crime. Or so we’ve come to believe. Pinker charts a history of violence from Biblical times through the present, and says modern society has a little less to feel guilty about. (Various options for downloading video and audio via the above link.)

Hate Crime and Racism in Russia, Part I and Part II (Leonard Lopate Show, 4 Oct):

Three years ago, the brutal murder of a 9-year old Tajik girl in Saint Petersburg turned international attention to the rise of neo-fascist groups and hate crime in Russia. Since then, the situation has not only gotten worse, it’s also fallen off the mainstream media radar. Attacks are up 28% since 2006, and many observers think the actual number of crimes is even greater. (Part I MP3, Part II MP3.)

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Online resources on capital punishment

The Death Penalty Information Center recently got in touch to tell us about their free, Internet-based, university-level curriculum on the death penalty. They describe it like this:

Capital Punishment in Context contains two teaching cases of individuals who were sentenced to death in the United States, Gary Graham and Juan Raul Garza, that are vehicles for engaging the larger issues surrounding capital punishment. The curriculum provides a detailed narrative account of each individual’s legal case, including resources such as the original reports from the homicide investigation, affidavits, and transcripts of testimony from witnesses. Capital Punishment in Context also incorporates detailed teaching notes, sample syllabi, and a variety of supplementary materials to support instructors. We’re continually working on the curriculum to further expand it and add even more great resources.

More here.

The DPIC describes itself as “a non-profit organization serving the media and the public with analysis and information on issues concerning capital punishment”. The Intute entry for DPIC says it: “leans heavily towards an abolitionist position on capital punishment, concentrating its attention mainly on the USA, although there is a section in its Information Topics page called ‘International Perspective’. The subjects covered in Information Topics are very impressive both in their range and in their … scholarly treatment.”

Podcast round-up

MP3onredSome recent podcasts on topics relevant to psychology and crime:

Violent Crime in America (Leonard Lopate show, 28 Aug)

Many theories have been offered up to explain the crime decline of the 1990s – from tougher policing to a decline in the crack cocaine epidemic. But why in the last few years has this decrease in violent crime continued in some cities but not in others? Frank Zimring, Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, and Dr. Andrew Karmen, Professor of Sociology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York, join Leonard to predict whether the crime decline of the 1990s will continue.

Women Migrant Workers in Saudi Arabia (Leonard Lopate show, 23 Aug)

Approximately 2 million women from Indonesia, Sri Lanka, the Philippines and other countries work as migrant domestics in Saudi Arabia. They are routinely underpaid, overworked, confined to the workplace, or subject to verbal, physical, and sexual abuse. And two Indonesian women were recently killed by their employers.

Darfuri Women’s Stories (Leonard Lopate show, 23 Aug)

Mia Farrow, actor and UN Goodwill Ambassador… just returned from another trip to Chad, where she met with Darfuri women in refugee camps… she tells us about the women that begged her to tell the rest of the world their stories, in the hopes that hearing about the horrific abuses they’ve lived through would urge the rest of the world to bring an end to the atrocities in Darfur.

Program Certifies Prisoners as Drug Counselors (NPR, 18 Aug)

Behind the stone walls and razor wire that surround California’s San Quentin State Prison, a group of prisoners is sitting quietly in the prison’s sanctuary for group drug counseling. But the man leading the discussion, Brian Smith, isn’t a psychologist or certified specialist in substance abuse. Smith is a fellow prisoner who has served 24 years of a life sentence. He’s also part of an innovative peer-counseling program at San Quentin that’s turning prisoners into certified drug and alcohol counselors.

Finally, psychologist Dr Robert Young talks with Dr Raj Persaud about a longitudinal study looking at young people who self-harm (Royal College of Psychiatrists podcast, July 07)

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Web resource: Intute

uselibraryI suspect that many readers will already be familiar with Intute, a web resource created by a UK academic network. The site collates a whole heap of links to some wonderful internet resources for education and research. It’s strong on social science, with plenty of links to criminal justice / forensic-related sites. For example, here are the latest additions, together with some of the Intute commentary:

Justice Studies Association – a not-for-profit interdisciplinary association of practitioners and scholars concerned with issues of criminal, social, restorative, and economic justice.

Crime and Justice Research Centre – based at Victoria University, New Zealand.

Policy Centre for Victim Issues – part of the Department of Justice, Canada

Restorative Justice Database – created and is maintained by the Centre of Criminology Library at the University of Toronto.

Youth violence prevention – provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the US Department of Health and Human Services. Crime and society: A Comparative Criminology Tour of the World – a site collating information on global criminology.

Crime and society: A Comparative Criminology Tour of the World – a site collating information on global criminology

VA online.org – a “non-profit information, research and networking resource for victim assistance specialists”.

European Forum for Restorative Justice – a non-governmental organisation established in 2000 with support from the Belgian and Norwegian governments.

Victim Offender Mediation Association – an international organization which “developed out of an informal network of practitioners, researchers, and theorists in victim-offender mediation and restorative justice in the early 1980s”.

Many of these sites have libraries of research reports and factsheets.

If you want to keep up with the ever-expanding Intute links you can subscribe to the ‘new resources’ RSS feed. They also maintain a social science blog with occasional podcasts spotlighting particular resources.

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Forensic Psychology & Psychiatry Arena

New Microsoft PowerPoint PresentationPaul Watson, e-Marketing Manager from Routledge got in touch to tell me about their new Forensic Psychology & Psychiatry Arena. The blurb on the site explains:

The Forensic Psychology and Psychiatry Arena provides researchers, instructors and students in Forensic Psychology and Psychiatry with information on the range of books and journals produced by Routledge, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Guilford Press, and Psychology Press.

Covering books & journals in Forensic Psychology & Psychiatry, and Psychology & Law. Psychology Press also publish the Gudjonsson Suggestibility Scales which are particularly applicable to police interviewing contexts.

The site also includes:

It’s already full of useful information and looks like being a valuable resource for all those interested in forensic psychology.

Website for the Project on Law and Mind Sciences (PLMS)

I thought I should bring to your attention a rather gorgeous new website from Harvard Law school:

Welcome to the Website for the Project on Law and Mind Sciences (PLMS) for scholars, students, and citizens with an interest in understanding the implications of social psychology, social cognition, and other related mind sciences for law, policymaking, and legal theory.

There’s also a fabulous blog, The Situationist, which has been going since January, featuring contributions from various social psych luminaries including Mahzarin Banaji, Susan Fiske and Philip Zimbardo. Definitely one for the Blogroll.

Hat tip to The Mouse Trap blog which noticed The Situationist before I did!

Free access to scholarly articles – but only until 28 February

About once a year Sage Publications finds an excuse to offer free access to some or all of their content. The latest offer runs until the end of February.

If your institution subscribes to any Sage journal you will be able to log in via your institution and start searching and downloading immediately via this link.

If you are not part of an institution that subscribes to Sage journals, you can register for free online access to the trial here.

There are masses of criminology, forensic psychology and sociology journals on Sage so don’t miss the opportunity to enhance your library of scholarly publications!