Law and Crime

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.
We're all familiar with the good cop, bad cop interrogation technique so often portrayed in TV and film.
Mentally unwell people should not be detained in police cells when mental health units are unable to take them in.
Through our partnership with the Joint Commissioning Panel for Mental Health (JCPMH) the British Psychological Society has contributed to a new guide for commissioners of forensic mental health services.  
One of the main arguments for having more police is that they act as a deterrent. With more officers on the street, more would-be criminals can be stopped and questioned; more wrong-doers can be arrested.
The ruling by the European Court of Human Rights against whole-life prison sentences without review has focused attention on the possibility of rehabilitation.
A new pilot scheme has been launched to reduce the number of instances where people with mental health problems are detained in the wrong environment.
Following the failure of Ian Brady's bid to be transferred from a psychiatric hospital back to prison, Professor Peter Kinderman - Director of the University of Liverpool’s Institute of Psychology, Health & Society and a former chair of o
Prisoner populations in Northern Ireland (NI) show a higher percentage of paranoid characteristics than those in England and Wales. 
Saying ‘no comment’ in a police interview can make you look guilty suggests research being presented at the Division of Forensic (DFP) Psychology annual conference today at Queen's University Belfast.
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