Crime & Crime Prevention

Crime and Crime Prevention is a challenge for every government and society. Learn more about how governments deal with crime, criminals and crime prevention.


High-profile cases over the past few years have shown the benefits — and pitfalls — of asking the public to report any suspicious activities they notice to the police. When does that tip over into racial or ethnic bias?

Drug courts have changed the lives of the thousands of people who've "graduated" through the program. But how exactly do the judges, rehab facilities and counselors facilitate these courts, and do they deter repeat offenders?

If you thought slavery ended with the ratification of the 13th amendment, think again. Slavery is flourishing across the globe.

Australia hasn't had a mass shooting in 22 years; the U.S. has had dozens during that same time.

Is there something about American suburban high school culture that makes it fertile ground for school shootings? One researcher says 'yes.'

Wayne Williams is serving a life sentence for killing dozens of black kids in Atlanta between 1979 and 1981. But some say he didn't do it and evidence of his innocence was covered up.

Arsenic? Been there, done that! These six other poisons should delight you murder nerds and obscurists out there.

Charles Manson and his family have captivated the world since their murderous spree in the late '60s. What is it about this cult leader that made him so mesmerizing?

The struggle to define which crimes are considered terrorism — and which are not — isn't easy.

Hotel security in the U.S. today seems to be where airport security was before 9/11. Will it change after the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history?

We don't expect to ever be in a mass shooting. But by assuming the worst can happen, one expert says, we take the first step toward being prepared.

Three new studies highlight the regional differences in gun injuries and deaths among young children and teens.

The Somerton Beach man mystery has baffled authorities and mystery buffs for decades. Will we ever know who he was or how he died?

While most people think of the Secret Service's only job as protecting the president, its first mission was combating counterfeiting. How does it balance the two?

To hunt serial killers you have to understand them, and that's not always an easy task for investigators.

Canadian student Elisa Lam went missing in 2013 and the mystery surrounding her death captured national attention. So what really happened to this 21-year-old?

Who has been kidnapping and killing the indigenous women along Highway 16 in British Columbia?

Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants to reinstate mandatory minimum prison sentences. But do they really deter future criminals, or do they proportionately affect certain groups instead?

A new study examines how former offenders should — and should not — speak about a history of incarceration.

The TSA can open your checked bags at an airport. But how deep can they dig into electronic devices they find inside?

The U.S. has thousands of prisoners in solitary confinement. But experts are now saying it does more harm than good.

According to new research, shootings pass from person to person like a contagious disease.

Should you ever find yourself in the middle of a protest, you're going to want to avoid being targeted by one of these 'less-lethal' weapons.

Some serial killers have murdered more than 100 people. Who are these people, and why did they do it?

Inmates have been using cigarettes as currency for more than a century in U.S. prisons. So what's behind the switch to ramen cups at one prison?