"For us, there is only the trying. The rest is not our business."
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Powerful Portraits of School Shooters Constructed from Newspaper Clippings

In the last several decades, school violence has become an international phenomenon. The highly publicized 1999 Columbine High School massacre in rural Colorado was just one of these instances, resulting in multiple dead and a bewildered community torn apart. Photographer Harri Pälviranta examines the culture of violence that permeates these tragedies in his series News portraits (school shooters). Constructed from over 1000 various newspaper clippings and online articles, each young perpetrator is illustrated with the descriptions of his deadly actions.Pälviranta presents a series of ten portraits in total: five from the United States, two from Germany, two from Finland and one from Brazil. The reports for each shooter are from the country in which the incident occurred, a complex reflection of that particular society’s thoughts and conclusions of the tragedy.

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UFO Polaroids

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"Social research differs fundamentally from advocacy research. Advocacy research refers to research that sifts though evidence to argue a predetermined position. Lawyers engage in advocacy research in attempting to prove the guilt or innocence of defendants. Special interest groups engage in advocacy research when trying to influence the vote of lawmakers on a particular bill. The aim of advocacy research is to convince others to think or act in a given way. Hence advocacy research presents evidence selectively, focusing on supporting evidence and suppressing contrary or inconvenient evidence."
— Glenn Firebaugh, Seven Rules for Social Research 

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Will You Be Seated on a Jury?

You have been called for jury duty. But are you the kind of juror the lawyers want? Here is a hypothetical case, with questions designed by a jury consultant for The New York Times. Your responses will not be stored.

imageI read some interesting research in jury selection and peremptory challenges this week in class.

Surprisingly, the survey indicates that the defense would love me, even though on the surface I would tend to lean with the plaintiff. However, the plaintiff would probably use one of their challenges on me and I would not serve on the jury. 

Do you think you would be selected for a jury? 

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"First, it must be understood that, despite claims to objectivity, science is a human endeavor and subject to human failings. Theory in science is necessary to guide science. However, once theories are proposed there is a risk that their proponents become emotionally attached to them and unable to consider them objectively. This is, in essence, the process Kuhn (1970) refers to in paradigm change, in which proponents of a preexisting theoretical paradigm defend the paradigm vigorously, even in the face of disconfirmatory data. Or put another way, scholars begin to invest their energy into proving true a particular theory rather than falsifying it, which would be the proper conduct of science. Once scholars have become invested (whether emotionally, financially or through their reputations) in a particular theory, they risk slipping into functioning as advocates for their position rather than as objective scientists. Particularly when some scientists have actually taken research funding from advocacy groups, this risk is considerable."

Ferguson and Dyck (2012)



I’ll tell you whats wrong with society. No one drinks from the skulls of their enemies anymore.

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Well the masters program is LIU cw post, they affiliate with homeland security. Right now though I'm looking to work with the NSA on internet surveillance and computer based crimes. They have a certification program for that there, so I have that, I just don't know where to go afterwards.


If you are interested in continuing that line of research, I would look at where some of the authors are currently working. A major factor in the whole PhD program experience is fit with the program. If someone at a particular school studies what you want to study, take a look at those programs first. 

Also, do not be afraid to email professors, introduce yourself, and ask about their research. Include some of your own interests from your masters work and see if they are interested in the topic. You could also try adapting your interests to their theoretical background or approach. 

Good luck!

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graduating with my BA in criminal justice in may and I have a masters program already picked out. just wondering if you can recommend anywhere for me to go for my doctorate, preferably in virginia or florida, thanks a lot


It is difficult to recommend other programs because I have not personally been involved in those programs and am unfamiliar with how they operate. Each department really has its own personality and organizational “processual orders.” 

I can say that Florida State has a highly ranked program. 

Some of the well know programs are at Maryland, Penn State, SUNY-Albany, Cincinnati, MO-St. Louis, Irvine, John Jay. 

Others on the list that you might want to check out include Florida, George Mason, and South Florida. 

But it really depends on what you are studying. For example, George Mason is known for its emphasis on policing research. So what are you interested in? What are your ultimate career goals?

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Hi! I think I am quite interested in criminal psychology, but I'm not quite sure what does it entails.


Criminal Psychologist

I posted the link because I am not sure what your idea of criminal psychology is. That is a common problem when you are a criminologist or criminal psychologist: they have very different meanings to people outside of the field. As a researcher, I conduct research. I study crime, conduct literature reviews, read pertinent articles, apply for grants, find data or collect data (depending on funds), conduct analyses, write up articles, and submit them to journals. Criminologists are usually housed in sociology departments, although many schools have distinct programs. 

The same goes for criminal psychology. Many people empirically study criminal behavior and crime. The focus of criminal psychology is on individual behavior. Criminal psychology emphasizes individuals, while criminology is interdisciplinary and studies crime, criminals, events, spaces, criminal justice, interactions, groups, national rates, etc. Every branch of the social sciences is represented in criminology. 

On the flippity flip side, there is a very good chance you are talking about applied criminal psychology. These individuals work with offenders or in applied CJ or therapeutic settings. This is very different from what I do, and requires different training. 

So it really depends on what your initial perceptions of criminal psychology are and what you envision doing with your life. Do you enjoy writing and researching, or are you a more hands-on-work-with-individuals sort a person? 


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Michelangelo Antonioni, Il deserto rosso, 1964


Michelangelo Antonioni, Il deserto rosso, 1964

"For every one female killer, about nine men are murderers. For every one woman who kills another unrelated women, about 30 men kill an unrelated man. The gender imbalance in the killing of same-sex acquaintances or strangers is one of the most extreme behavioral differences known between the sexes."
— David Rowe, Biology and Crime