Tagged: criminology

The Journalist and the Murderer - Guest Work

Jean Balchin Jan 17, 2018

‘Every journalist who is not too stupid or too full of himself to notice what is going on knows that what he does is morally indefensible.’ This is the opening line of Janet Malcolm’s sharp, analytical book The Journalist and the Murderer. Published in 1983, the book still challenges journalists these days. Malcolm is a cunning, insightful journalist. Read More

3 Strikes: It’s working - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Oct 02, 2015

It looks like New Zealand’s version of three-strikes for criminal offending is working. Here’s Graeme Edgeler’s analysis. You need to be careful when crafting OIA questions around this sort of comparison, and I am relying on the Ministry of Justice to have correctly understood my intention. It is not enough to compare the number of convictions before and after … Read More

Get real, forensic scientists: the CSI effect is waning - Guest Work

Peter Griffin Apr 29, 2013

By Ahmad Samarji, Victoria University [Ed: Note – I’ll be moderating a panel discussion in Wellington tonight featuring a scientist, criminologist, journalist and policeman talking about the science of crime – details here] You’ve heard of the so-called CSI effect – the manner in which the exaggerated portrayal of forensic science on crime television shows such … Read More