Law and Crime

A multidisciplinary team has surveyed nearly 200 state trial court judges in the US, showing that their decision making is swayed by a neurobiological explanation for psychopathy.
Polygraphs do not always accurately predict whether someone is telling the truth or not.
People working in the retail sector are less likely to steal from their employer when handed a higher wage, new research has suggested.
The scale of mental health problems in the UK's criminal justice system is shocking, it has been claimed.
Dr Simone Fox, a Chartered Psychologist with Royal Holloway, University of London, and South West London & St George's Mental Health NHS Trust, has received the Whatever It Takes Award from MST Services for her dedication to her work with at-risk youth and families.
A five-day programme for convicted offenders has been shown to be effective in increasing their levels of concern for their victims and motivation to change. The Supporting Offenders through Restoration Inside (SORI) programme, which has been piloted in seven prisons across the UK, is the subject of a study published in the journal Criminological and Legal Psychology today.
Dr Blake McKimmie from the University of Queensland won the prize for the best poster at the Society’s Annual Conference in London last week.
Gestures made during interviews can influence or even misinform eyewitnesses. In addition eyewitnesses are unlikely to recall the influential gestures being shown to them, new research suggests.
Online dating scammers groom their victims by developing 'hyper-personal' relationships which can leave victims feeling doubly traumatised.
The tendency for prisoners to support prison gangs is based on beliefs that gangs are supportive, well-ordered and protective, and consist of friends.
A report into the quality of psychological experts and their court reports witness reports used in family courts has identified concerns about the
The Daily Mail today, 13 March 2012, published an article on a new report examining expert witness
Shift work, long hours and being unable to switch out of work-role when at home, are just some of the stressors that lead officers to experience anxiety and depression.
With Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows showing in cinemas and the second series of the BBC's adaptation hitting our screens, Society Honorary Fellow Professor John Radford explains Sherlock Holmes’ continuing hold on our imagination.
Many factors are taken into account when deciding whether or not a person is psychotic, it has been noted.
This year's riots were not simply the result of mindless criminality, according to psychologists expert in crowd psychology and the policing of riots. In one of the first substantial analyses of August’s events, Professor Steve Reicher and Dr Clifford Stott suggest there was much more to the riots than an irrational mob mentality. 
People with extreme antisocial personalities may be more inclined to join gangs, new research has suggested.
The tagging and electronic monitoring of offenders is a staple of modern law enforcement, but the technology has its roots in the counter culture an earlier decade. Professor Robert S. Gable recalls his ‘Streetcorner Project’ in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in the early 1960s.
Inequality has been cited as one of the issues that may have sparked the riots that occurred in England this summer.
Laura Empey from the National Policing Improvement Agency has won our Division of Occupational Psychology’s Practitioner of the Year award for her work designing and implementing a new recruitment process for special constables.
Some of Britain’s leading occupational psychologists were honoured last night by the British Psychological Society’s Division of Occupational Psychology.
Mothers are being needlessly separated from their children because of imprisonment practices, it has been claimed.
Social workers and residential care employees are among the professionals to be included in the UK's first register of restorative justice experts.
This event has been approved by the BPS Learning Centre for the purposes of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
Sunday saw the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attack on New York and Washington in which almost 3000 people died. British psychologists have been talking about the effect of this anniversary and of the atrocities themselves.
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