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Condemned prisoners prefer formalwear at executions, UC study finds
University of Cincinnati professors Annulla Linders and Erynn Masi de Casanova used historical news accounts to examine the cultural norms of executions through prisoner attire. (2017-08-02)

Research lacking when it comes to heart disease in prison populations
A multi-institution team found multiple areas of research that can be explored in both the incarcerated and released population -- which number more than 13 million Americans -- to better understand and prevent cardiovascular disease. (2017-07-25)

UCSF studies ambulance diversion by race, health care for released prisoners in journal issue
Black heart attack patients suffered higher mortality rates than white patients when ambulances are diverted because hospital emergency rooms are too busy to receive new patients, according to a new study led by UC San Francisco. In a separate study led by a UCSF researcher, the investigators found that better coordination between correctional and community health care systems can improve overall health equity for released prisoners with chronic health conditions. (2017-06-05)

Wild geese in China are 'prisoners' in their own wetlands
In many places in the world, goose populations are booming as the birds have moved out of their wetland habitats to exploit an abundance of food on farmland. But, new evidence reported in Current Biology on May 22 confirms, that's not working so well for migratory waterbirds that overwinter in China. The findings help to explain why China's waterbirds are in decline, researchers say. (2017-05-22)

Evolution of cooperation through longer memory
When we make a decision about whether or not to cooperate with someone, we usually base our decision on past experiences. However, when analyzing strategies for repeated dilemmas, modeling long-term memory in cooperative strategies quickly becomes computationally intractable. To overcome this challenge, scientists have distilled a set of axioms that every robust cooperative strategy should have. In this way, they reduce the computation necessary for an open-ended search of all possible strategies. (2017-04-19)

Book pays homage to August Vollmer, father of American policing
After 10 years of research and a bookcase full of documents, Professor Willard Oliver of Sam Houston State University, College of Criminal Justice published a comprehensive biography of August Vollmer, known as the 'Father of American Policing.' (2017-03-30)

New in the Hastings Center Report
How should the field of bioethics respond to the resurgence of authoritarian populism across the globe? In addition, medical studies with prisoners, noninvasive prenatal genetic screening, and more in the March-April 2017 issue. (2017-03-20)

Innocent African-Americans more likely to be wrongfully convicted
African-American prisoners who were convicted of murder are about 50 percent more likely to be innocent than other convicted murderers and spend longer in prison before exoneration, according to a report released today that's co-edited by a Michigan State University College of Law professor. (2017-03-07)

Lost songs of Holocaust found in University of Akron archives
A discovery in a mislabeled canister combined with the pain-staking piecing together of antique recording equipment has brought to life melodies from the Holocaust thought lost to history forever. Psychologist David Boder recorded what may be the first interviews with survivors of Nazi concentration camps in 1946. These oral histories were recorded onto wire; some of these spools came to us in the 1960s, but there was no way to play the recordings until recently. (2017-02-02)

New book by Baker Institute's Coates Ulrichsen explores the United Arab Emirates' rise
The United Arab Emirates has become deeply embedded in the contemporary system of international power, politics and policymaking, according to a new book by Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy. (2017-01-05)

Use your words: Written prisoner interactions predict whether they'll clean up their acts
The evolution of how prisoners in substance-abuse programs communicate is a good indicator of whether they'll return to crime, new research has found. (2016-12-01)

Prescription of psychotropic medication after prison release linked to lower rate of violent reoffending
Among released prisoners in Sweden, rates of violent reoffending were lower during periods when individuals were dispensed antipsychotics, psychostimulants, and drugs for addictive disorders, compared with periods in which they were not dispensed these medications, according to a study appearing in the Nov. 1 issue of JAMA. (2016-11-01)

Transcendental Meditation reduces stress and trauma in prisoners, fosters transformation
A randomized controlled study of 181 male inmates at two Oregon prisons found that after four months, prisoners practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique had significantly reduced trauma symptoms, including anxiety, depression, dissociation, sleep disturbance, and a significant decrease in perceived stress compared to non-meditating controls. Published today in The Permanente Journal, the study used the Trauma Symptoms Checklist and Perceived Stress Scale and found a 47 percent reduction in total trauma symptoms in the TM group. (2016-10-07)

Prisons could unlock hep C-free future
Prisons provide one of the most significant opportunities to drive down the prevalence of hepatitis C, and help reach global WHO elimination goals, says new research presented at the 5th International Symposium on Hepatitis Care in Substance Users today. (2016-09-08)

Research aims to use wider engagement to improve prisoner-community relations
A research project from Plymouth University is designed to raise awareness of prisoner resettlement journeys, while developing a dialogue with the wider community in an effort to improve prisoner-community relations. (2016-08-25)

Ramen noodles supplanting cigarettes as currency among prisoners
Ramen noodles are supplanting the once popular cigarettes as a form of currency among state prisoners, but not in response to bans on tobacco products within prison systems, finds a new study. (2016-08-22)

Can nature videos help improve prisoner behavior?
Researchers have identified a simple intervention that may help reduce levels of violence in maximum security prisons. Inmates who viewed nature videos showed reduced levels of aggression and were less likely to be disciplined than those in similar cellblocks, according to research presented at the American Psychological Association's 124th Annual Convention. (2016-08-05)

The Lancet: Mass imprisonment of drug users driving global epidemics of HIV, hepatitis, and tuberculosis
With an estimated 30 million people passing in and out of prisons every year, prisoners will be key to controlling HIV and tuberculosis epidemics worldwide, according to a major six-part Series on HIV and related infections in prisoners, published in The Lancet and being presented at the International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa. (2016-07-14)

Prisoners worldwide bear higher burdens of HIV and other infections
Prisoners and detainees worldwide have higher burdens of HIV, viral hepatitis and tuberculosis than the communities from which they come, and the regular cycling of infected people in and out of incarceration is worsening the epidemics both inside and outside of prison, new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health-led research suggests. (2016-07-14)

Research finds offender risk assessment tools in US Are promising, but questions remain
The criminal justice system in the United States uses a variety of tools to assess the behavior of criminal offenders, and those risk assessments can have a significant impact on an offender's fate. A new meta-analysis of the research conducted in the US on these tools shows that -- while promising -- it is still unclear whether these tools reduce bias against offenders based on race or other factors. (2016-06-07)

US prison camps demonstrate the fragile nature of rights, says author
The US has been a leading voice for human rights. It's also run prison camps, now and in the past, that denied people those rights. A. Naomi Paik wanted to explore that contradiction -- finding out why these camps were organized, how they were justified, how prisoners have been treated and their response to that treatment. The result is her book 'Rightlessness: Testimony and Redress in US Prison Camps since World War II.' (2016-05-24)

The codes of World War I
When the United States declared war on Germany in April 1917, the Americans were unprepared to wage a modern war and American cryptologists had to build a military intelligence unit from scratch. This is described in articles written by John Matthews Manly, a former cryptologist in the American Military Intelligence Division. In the new Springer book 'Codes, Ciphers and Spies' by John F. Dooley these articles are published for the first time. (2016-05-12)

Socially meaningful sounds can change ear, improve hearing, study finds
Hearing socially meaningful sounds can change the ear and enable it to better detect those sounds, according to researchers at Georgia State University who studied the phenomenon in green treefrogs. (2016-04-25)

Naltrexone is alternative treatment for opioid addiction, Penn-led study finds
The once-a-month drug naltrexone was more effective at preventing drug relapse in ex-prisoners addicted to heroin and other opioids compared to the usual treatment modalities, including counseling and community treatment programs, according to results from a multisite, randomized trial led by researchers at the Center for Studies of Addiction at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and published online today in the New England Journal of Medicine. (2016-03-30)

New report reveals hundreds still dying in detention
An ongoing culture of secrecy, poor access to specialist mental health services and a lack of high quality independent investigations has contributed to hundreds of non-natural deaths in detention, according to a new report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission. (2016-03-17)

Palliative care important for prison population, too
With an increasingly aging prison population, end-of-life care for inmates is becoming a more prominent issue, according to Penn State nursing researchers. End-of-life -- EOL -- care can be complicated, no matter who the patient is, but can be especially challenging for those behind bars. (2016-02-26)

Refined interview technique can reveal plans of terror
An interview technique for eliciting intelligence without asking questions has in a series of experiments proven to work very well. The idea dates back to the renowned WWII interrogator Hanns Scharff, but has now -- for the first time -- been empirically validated. The technique can help intelligence agencies reveal plans of future terrorist acts. This is the conclusion drawn in a new dissertation from the University of Gothenburg. (2016-02-24)

Can prison visitation reduce recidivism?
A study funded by the National Science Foundation will explore if prison visitation can help reduce recidivism rates and whether there are gender, racial, and ethnic differences in these patterns. (2016-01-27)

University of Washington project focuses on fines and fees that create 'prisoners of debt'
Court-imposed fines and fees can tie offenders to the criminal justice system for life and impact their ability to move on with their lives. A new University of Washington research project will investigate how those fees are implemented in eight US states and their impact on individuals. (2015-12-04)

Hepatitis C screening of prison inmates would benefit wider community, be cost-effective
The benefits of screening prison inmates for infection with the hepatitis C virus and treating those who test positive for the infection would extend far beyond the prison population. (2015-11-23)

Lower recidivism rates through improved education programs for female inmates
Women's prisons should be places of learning with a clear focus on the needs, problems, and relevant educational and qualificational requirements of female inmates. This is one of the core conclusions of the multilateral FEFI -- Finding Education for Female Inmates project, in which academic and practice-oriented organizations based in Cyprus, Finland, Germany, Italy, France, Malta, Belgium, and Turkey have been collaborating since November 2013. (2015-10-14)

Cornell University prison education program to expand with Mellon grant
The Cornell Prison Education Program plans to expand to provide classes and degree programs in four regional prisons, establish a consortium of regional colleges and universities participating in prison education, and create a model college-in-prison network in the region with support from a $1 million, three-year grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. (2015-10-05)

The Lancet Psychiatry: Long-term study links common psychiatric disorders with increased risk of violent reoffending in ex-prisoners
Ex-prisoners with common psychiatric disorders such as bipolar disorder (manic-depressive disorder) and alcohol and drug abuse are substantially more likely to commit a violent crime after release than other prisoners, according to new research published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal. The study of almost 48000 ex-prisoners suggests that diagnosed psychiatric disorders are potentially responsible for up to a fifth of violent reoffending by former male prisoners and two-fifths by female ex-prisoners. (2015-09-02)

Skeletons found in mass graves are those of 17th century Scottish soldiers
New analysis carried out on skeletons discovered in a centuries-old mass grave in Durham, UK, has led experts to conclude they are the remains of Scottish soldiers taken prisoner after the 1650 Battle of Dunbar. (2015-09-02)

New Internet technology could aid police, courts and prisons
Technology that can improve criminal databases, remotely conducted criminal trials and help police officers stop autonomous cars can all aid the criminal justice system in the future. But a key to making full use of such emerging Internet-based tools will be resolving civil rights, privacy rights and cybersecurity issues. (2015-08-17)

Faced with limited choices, prisoners become entrepreneurs to meet their needs
Inside Gramercy maximum security prison, the market for nearly any kind of good or service is extremely limited, to say the least. But according to a new study in the Journal of Public Policy & Marketing, the severely restricted consumption choices faced by the 3,000 or so inmates at Gramercy create opportunities to pursue innovative and entrepreneurial business ventures. (2015-07-07)

SHSU professor investigates parent-child visitation in prison
It's not 'cupcakes and lollipops' for most children who visit a parent in prison, with two-thirds reported to have negative experiences including fear, anger, anxiety, and related reactions, according to a study funded by the National Institute of Justice by Melinda Tasca, Ph.D., of Sam Houston State University. (2015-06-25)

Nearly half of African-American women know someone in prison
African-American adults -- particularly women -- are much more likely to know or be related to someone behind bars than whites, according to the first national estimates of Americans' ties to prisoners. (2015-06-12)

Health factors influence ex-prisoners' chances of returning to jail
Ex-prisoners with a history of risky drug use, mental illness or poverty are more likely to end up back behind bars. Those who are obese, are chronically ill or have attempted suicide are more likely to remain in the community. These are the findings from a study into health-related factors that could be used to predict whether a person released from prison will end up in custody again, published in Springer's journal Health & Justice. (2015-05-28)

Inmates denied methadone treatment less likely to seek it once free
When people on methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) are incarcerated in the United States, they are almost always forced off of the addiction-controlling medicine. In a randomized trial led by researchers at Brown University and the Miriam Hospital, inmates allowed to stay on MMT while in jail proved much more likely to seek treatment after release than those whose treatment was interrupted. (2015-05-28)

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