The major news outlets are running all kinds of stories relevant to forensic psychology. Here is a sampling.
The fallability of forensic sciences is gaining attention lately. Roger Koppl, director of the Institute for Forensic Science Administration, and Dan Krane, a biological sciences prof at Wright State, co-authored this informative op-ed piece in the Newark (NJ) Star-Ledger:
When patients kill
It is always bad news when someone is certified ready for release from a psychiatric hospital and then commits a violent offense. Take William Bruce: Two months after the 24-year-old schizophrenic was released from a hospital in Maine, he hatcheted his mother to death. Here, the Wall Street Journal finds fault with patients rights' advocates who lobbied for Bruce's release:
A Death in the Family: Aided by advocates for the mentally ill, William Bruce left the hospital -- only to kill his mother
Christian Science Monitor slams sex offender laws
As public awareness mounts regarding restrictive residency laws targeting sex offenders, the Christian Science Monitor joins the fray with this hard-hitting editorial by C. Alexander Evans:
Protecting our kids – or jeopardizing everyone's freedom? Residency laws for child sex offenders flout the Constitution
MoJo's "Slammed: The coming prison meltdown"
And if you've got time for still more reading, a highly recommend the Mother Jones special on incarceration, "SLAMMED." It features at least nine interesting articles, among them:
Probation Profiteers: In Georgia's outsourced justice system, a traffic ticket can land you deep in the hole
Why Texas Still Holds 'Em: Forget oil and gold. In the Lone Star state, the boomtown business is locking up immigrants
When Prison Guards Go Soft: Even California's powerful prison guards' union thinks more prisons are a bad idea
Not to mention, a "MoJo Prison Guide" with a glossary of prison slang and answers to such obscure prison trivia as:
Hat tip: Jane