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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
Anonymous

Hello!

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.

Hello!

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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Academia

Do not use a philosophical or inspirational quote in your email signatures. 

Or any quote for that matter.

Leave them out.

Pretentious. 


proustitute:

Michelangelo Antonioni, Il deserto rosso, 1964

proustitute:

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

dichotomized2:

Decellularization is a tissue engineering technique designed to strip out the cells from a donor organ, leaving nothing but connective tissue that used to hold the cells in place. This scaffold of connective tissue - called a "ghost organ" for its pale and almost translucent appearance - can then be reseeded with a patient’s own cells, with the goal of regenerating an organ that can be transplanted into the patient without fear of tissue rejection.This is in the experimental stage

dichotomized2:

Decellularization is a tissue engineering technique designed to strip out the cells from a donor organ, leaving nothing but connective tissue that used to hold the cells in place. This scaffold of connective tissue - called a "ghost organ" for its pale and almost translucent appearance - can then be reseeded with a patient’s own cells, with the goal of regenerating an organ that can be transplanted into the patient without fear of tissue rejection.This is in the experimental stage


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I dislike “True Crime”

What is “true crime”? All crime is true

Also, by focusing so much on a single incident or a single offender “true crime” actually distorts the reality of crime.

In fact, empirical research is true crime, not a narrative focusing on a single offender or incident. 


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I was so sure the majority of executions in USA would be blacks, not whites.

Hello!

We execute more whites than blacks on raw numbers alone.

Adjusted for % of population, we execute more blacks than whites.

That is also deceiving because violent crimes are not committed equally by each group (this isn’t anything beyond a statement of the data). Think about it in terms of males and females: there are not a lot of people arguing that the 99/1% gender disparity is discriminatory because males commit more violent crimes than females. 

The real question regarding discrimination is: controlling for all relevant factors, are blacks more likely to be given a death penalty sentence than whites? The data says yes, but offender race alone is not a huge effect at the sentencing level for death penalty cases. The larger effect, and more important effect, is seen when the offender and victim race are both included into the model: blacks that kill whites are disproportionately given a death sentence when compared to all other race combinations. 


currentsinbiology:

Stalked protozoan attached to a filamentous green algae with bacteria on its surface (160x)
Paul W. Johnson
University of Rhode Island, Kingston, Rhode Island, USA
Technique: Nomarski Differential Interference Contrast

You’re a stalked protozoan attached to a filamentous green algae with bacteria on its surface

currentsinbiology:

Stalked protozoan attached to a filamentous green algae with bacteria on its surface (160x)

Paul W. Johnson

University of Rhode Island, Kingston, Rhode Island, USA

Technique: Nomarski Differential Interference Contrast

You’re a stalked protozoan attached to a filamentous green algae with bacteria on its surface


Do you have any articles that review the literature on psychopaths/sociopaths?
Anonymous

Hello!

Yes, I do, but quite a few of them. What are you interested in specifically so I can get you the most appropriate article? Or are you just generally interested? Dealer’s choice?


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Four decades of death penalty executions by year, state, race and gender, in 1 chart
I dig the new wave of visualizations that are coming out, but I’m not sure it makes it any easier to understand what is actually happening. 
Some death penalty statistics:
14 females (1.01%) have been executed since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976, while 1,371 males have been executed (98.9%). 
771 (55.7%) were white, and 467 (33.7%) were black.
515 (37.2%) were carried out in Texas alone. (and that is even misleading as most of the executions come from only a few counties)
1,208 (87.2%) were executed by lethal injection. Lethal injection has also been used in last 744 of 755 executions.

Four decades of death penalty executions by year, state, race and gender, in 1 chart

I dig the new wave of visualizations that are coming out, but I’m not sure it makes it any easier to understand what is actually happening. 

Some death penalty statistics:

14 females (1.01%) have been executed since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976, while 1,371 males have been executed (98.9%). 

771 (55.7%) were white, and 467 (33.7%) were black.

515 (37.2%) were carried out in Texas alone. (and that is even misleading as most of the executions come from only a few counties)

1,208 (87.2%) were executed by lethal injection. Lethal injection has also been used in last 744 of 755 executions.



thatsomethingsomething:

Brad Pitt in Killing Them Softly.


Nerdiest question I have ever asked…

Fellow researchers, what is your current citation manager/research organizer? How happy with it are you?

I currently use Zotero, but the interface is horrible. I really don’t care about the use of citations in documents or reference page, I like to do those myself.