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A column that examines the science, social science and technology of criminal justice
Justice Lab March 27
The search for the truly nonlethal weapon.
Justice Lab October 27
Science — and law enforcement — are rethinking young adults.
Justice Lab October 12
Training cops in the use of force.
Justice Lab September 29
An end to traffic stops and hot pursuit. Arrest by drones. And new tricks for terrorists.
Justice Lab March 23
Pew researchers release a new prison scorecard, but it ain’t perfect.
Justice Lab November 18
The race gap for adults is shrinking. Why is it widening for juveniles?
Justice Lab November 3
And why it can lead to criminal behavior.
Justice Lab October 30
A new study of the data says it depends on timing.
Justice Lab August 24
Science tries to catch up with the problem of ‘accelerated aging.’
Justice Lab July 13
Besides the danger, being ignored.
Justice Lab June 4
Surprising new research suggests parolees who go somewhere new are less likely to offend again.
Justice Lab May 15
Is being 19 years old a defense?
Justice Lab May 14
Experts say that people admit to crimes they didn’t commit. Why did only one juror in the Etan Patz murder case believe them?
Justice Lab May 6
A new book says kids know they’re a fantasy — even a healthy one.
Justice Lab April 2
A study lingers on the lives of those we incarcerate.
Justice Lab March 20
Why people age out of crime, and what it could mean for how long we put them away.
Justice Lab March 12
A new study points to a strategy for reducing police shootings in towns like Ferguson.
Justice Lab March 4
No, freeing potheads and shoplifters is not enough.
Justice Lab February 12
A new book examines the morality of crime.
Justice Lab January 29
Why are IQ scores still being used to determine who is fit to be executed?
Justice Lab January 26
Does tear gas belong in schools? Do police?
Justice Lab January 21
… But just a tiny bit, and it took a long time.
Justice Lab January 15
A new book faults Ted Kennedy, Joe Biden and the NAACP for our prison state.
Justice Lab December 18
Another way justice is not colorblind
Justice Lab December 11
A new federal victim survey challenges the ‘one-in-five’ notion.
Justice Lab December 5
What research tells us in the wake of the Rolling Stone controversy.
Justice Lab December 4
Even the Supreme Court gets it wrong.
Justice Lab November 20
New Orleans is not the only city where police don't get it.