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A column that examines the science, social science and technology of criminal justice
Justice Lab May 24
When your appliances work as police informants.
Justice Lab December 15, 2017
Why are black imprisonment rates going down? Four theories.
Justice Lab March 27, 2017
The search for the truly nonlethal weapon.
Justice Lab October 27, 2016
Science — and law enforcement — are rethinking young adults.
Justice Lab October 12, 2016
Training cops in the use of force.
Justice Lab September 29, 2016
An end to traffic stops and hot pursuit. Arrest by drones. And new tricks for terrorists.
Justice Lab March 23, 2016
Pew researchers release a new prison scorecard, but it ain’t perfect.
Justice Lab November 18, 2015
The race gap for adults is shrinking. Why is it widening for juveniles?
Justice Lab November 3, 2015
And why it can lead to criminal behavior.
Justice Lab October 30, 2015
A new study of the data says it depends on timing.
Justice Lab August 24, 2015
Science tries to catch up with the problem of ‘accelerated aging.’
Justice Lab July 13, 2015
Besides the danger, being ignored.
Justice Lab June 4, 2015
Surprising new research suggests parolees who go somewhere new are less likely to offend again.
Justice Lab May 15, 2015
Is being 19 years old a defense?
Justice Lab May 14, 2015
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, 2015
A new book says kids know they’re a fantasy — even a healthy one.
Justice Lab April 2, 2015
A study lingers on the lives of those we incarcerate.
Justice Lab March 20, 2015
Why people age out of crime, and what it could mean for how long we put them away.
Justice Lab March 12, 2015
A new study points to a strategy for reducing police shootings in towns like Ferguson.
Justice Lab March 4, 2015
No, freeing potheads and shoplifters is not enough.
Justice Lab February 12, 2015
A new book examines the morality of crime.
Justice Lab January 29, 2015
Why are IQ scores still being used to determine who is fit to be executed?
Justice Lab January 26, 2015
Does tear gas belong in schools? Do police?
Justice Lab January 21, 2015
… But just a tiny bit, and it took a long time.
Justice Lab January 15, 2015
A new book faults Ted Kennedy, Joe Biden and the NAACP for our prison state.
Justice Lab December 18, 2014
Another way justice is not colorblind
Justice Lab December 11, 2014
A new federal victim survey challenges the ‘one-in-five’ notion.
Justice Lab December 5, 2014
What research tells us in the wake of the Rolling Stone controversy.
Justice Lab December 4, 2014
Even the Supreme Court gets it wrong.
Justice Lab November 24, 2014
From aging to gentrification to Prozac.
Justice Lab November 20, 2014
New Orleans is not the only city where police don't get it.