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Defendant’s gender affects length of sentence

25 May, 2010 - Stockholms universitet

A study of 300 simulated court cases shows that experienced judges, lay assessors, prosecutors, police officers, and lawyers make decisions and convict defendants differently depending on whether they are men or women and what the defendant looks like. Eyewitnesses to crimes are also affected by these factors. This is especially pronounced if there is an extended period of time separating the crime and the testimony. This is what Angela S. Ahola, Department of Psychology, Stockholm University, shows in her dissertation.

New technique enables drugs tests via exhaled breath

19 May, 2010 - Karolinska Institutet

[PRESS RELEASE, 19 May 2010] A new study from Karolinska Institutet presents a new technique that makes drug testing possible through exhaled air for the first time. By examining people who had received emergency care for an amphetamine overdose, the researchers found that in all cases there were traces of amphetamine and metamphetamine in the exhaled breath.

JIBS researchers receive 7 million

11 January, 2010 - Jönköping University

In fierce competition, three project applications from Jönköping International Business School have been awarded research grants from the Ragnar Söderberg Foundation.

New DNA method makes it easier to trace criminals

29 October, 2009 - Lunds universitet

DNA samples often convict criminals. But many of today’s forensic tests are so polluted by soil, tobacco and food remains, for example, that they can not be used. Now researchers at Lund University in Sweden, working together with the Swedish National Laboratory of Forensic Science, SKL, have improved a critical part of the analysis process. The first findings, published in the latest issue of the journal Biotechniques, indicate that the new method strengthens the DNA analysis so that previously negative samples yield positive and usable DNA profiles.

Schizophrenia does not increase risk of violent crime

20 May, 2009 - Karolinska Institutet

[PRESS RELEASE, 20 May 2009] A new study from the Swedish medical university Karolinska Institutet and the University of Oxford finds that the severe mental disorder schizophrenia only marginally increases the risk of committing violent crime. Rather, the overrepresentation of individuals with schizophrenia in violent crime is almost entirely attributable to concurrent substance abuse.

Increased risk of injury even after first glass

23 March, 2009 - Karolinska Institutet

[PRESS RELEASE, 23 March 2009] Most alcohol-related damage occurs after moderate consumption, according to a new doctoral thesis from the Swedish medical university Karolinska Institutet on the association between alcohol and injury.

Who was Jesus?

11 March, 2009 - Göteborgs universitet

The historical person Jesus of Nazareth – beyond the accounts in the creeds and the Gospels, which are all characterized by religious belief – is the focus of Tobias Hägerland’s dissertation from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Jesus’ proclamation of the forgiveness of sins is the key to understanding how he perceived his own identity: as the Prophet-Messiah of the end-time, with a message to the Jewish people in the first century CE.

UN Security Council has a ‘Responsibility to Protect’ human security within states – also by military means

17 December, 2008 - Stockholms universitet

When a state manifestly fails to protect its population against genocide, crimes against humanity, or war crimes, the Security Council has an external ‘Responsibility to Protect’. If the situation is determined to constitute a threat to peace and peaceful means found inadequate, the Council has a right to decide on military intervention according to international law. This is claimed in a doctoral dissertation by Diana Amnéus at the Department of Law, Stockholm University, which will soon be publicly defended.

Female sex offenders often have mental problems

14 May, 2008 - Karolinska Institutet

[PRESS RELEASE, 14 MAY 2008] Women who commit sexual offences are just as likely to have mental problems or drug addictions as other violent female criminals. This according to the largest study ever conducted of women convicted of sexual offences in Sweden.

Punishment more humane than care

1 February, 2008 - Göteborgs universitet

It’s commonly believed that punishment is something uncouth that an enlightened and humane society should minimize or abolish altogether. But the use of punishment­making perpetrators suffer or experience something unpleasant­receives support in a new dissertation from Göteborg University in Sweden.