Law and Crime

Reoffending rates in Scotland could be reduced if brain injuries among prisoners are recognised sooner, psychologists are argued at a Justice Committee hearing this week.
Stanford Prison Experiment (SPE) has acquired a mythical status and provided the inspiration for at least two feature-length films.
Parental alienation – a child’s unwarranted rejection of one parent and strong alignment with the other following high conflict family breakdown – leaves the alienated parent feeling powerless.  Despite recognition in recent high court judgem
Young people who enjoy committing arson are predisposed to engaging in other kinds of anti-social behaviour, a new study has concluded.
A recent study shows that people are more accurate at identifying liars when relying on their emotional reaction to the lie rather than making a conscious decision.
When men are aggressive towards women, their behaviour is often driven by the feeling that their masculinity has been threatened.
Experiencing a burglary is a serious threat to people's mental health, a survey has confirmed.
Domestic homicide campaigners have welcomed a change in Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) policy after a new guidance note was issued following meetings with a victims’ famiiy lobbying.
New research suggests older people may make less reliable eyewitnesses. Research conducted by Dr Helen Kaye of The Open University involved 134 people aged between 22 and 66 years old, who were asked to watch video footage of a mugging.
People who commit reckless or immoral acts are less likely to be judged harshly if they avoid serious consequences suggests a study published today in the Society's British Journal of Psychology.
It may be better to rely on instinct when trying to determine whether or not people are telling the truth, according to new research.
The second of two policy-maker meetings is being held today, Friday 21 March, by the Autism and Criminal Justice System Network.
Many studies have shown that people tend to exaggerate their own positive characteristics and abilities. A popular example is the finding that most drivers think they are a better-than-average driver. 
Crime shows have always been popular on British TV, but detective-based programmes appear to be enjoying a particular renaissance at present - and one expert believes he knows why.
Speaking to the victims of child abuse is likely to be the best way of bringing the perpetrators to justice - but doing this in the wrong way could result in victims' memories of what happened being damaged.
People being selected for jury duty should be tested for bias and their understanding of what warrants a conviction before they are sent to trials, a new study from Angli
Prisoners do not believe they are any less law-abiding than the average non-incarcerated citizen, according to a new study from the University of Southampton.
A pilot scheme being tested in ten parts of England will see mental health nurses placed in police stations and courts to help identify and provide help for offenders with psychological issues.
An exhibit part-funded by a BPS Public Engagement Grant that invites visitors to create a wanted poster for a criminal after witnessing a mock crime is available at the harbourside science centre At-Bristol.
A new study has indicated that people who are released from prison may need more psychological help when it comes to dealing with mental health issues and their transit
Sentencing guidelines for serious crimes are to be revised for England and Wales during 2014.
The criminal justice system must be better equipped to identify people with autistic spectrum disorders. Graeme Hydari, a consultant solicitor at Hodge Jones & Allen LLP, says this is essential to ensure people with these conditions are given appropriate professional support.
The Society runs a series of four skills-based workshops for psychologists acting as expert witnesses.
The first of two Autism and the Criminal Justice System (CJS) Project conferences was held on 19 September 2013 at Greater Manchester Police Training Centre, Sedgley Park.
A new research report paints a stark picture of the risks of victimisation to people with mental health problems in the community, and the barriers they face in getting the support and help they need.
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