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Out of prison, out of crime? PhD research women after detention

Each year, several thousand women leave one of the three female prisons in the Netherlands. Ideally, they stop committing crimes after their release; in other words, they desist. Rodermond demonstrates in her PhD research that problems with factors such as housing and addiction are more important for successful desistance than family relationships and work. Desistance […]

Added value of palm prints for investigating crimes

The police and public prosecution service want to take palm prints of every suspect to increase the efficacy of investigations. They consider the distinction in the law between finger marks and palm marks to be arbitrary, as in both cases it concerns friction-ridge evidence. Repeated calls have also been made in the Dutch Parliament for […]

Terrorist suspect is very similar to ‘normal’ suspect

As the investigation and prosecution of terrorist acts are now high on the agenda, the demand for greater insight into the perpetrators of such criminal acts is increasing. For example, it is important to know whether there are certain triggers – events that elicit the radicalisation process or accelerate it – that could lead to […]

Once a thief, always a thief? A short video of the NSCR

Are criminals susceptible to improvement? NSCR researcher Arjan Blokland explains why confinement is not always the best solution. Director Catrien Bijleveld gives a cross-section of scientific research on the NSCR.

You cannot see whether a suspect is lying

During a hearing, the police would like to know whether a suspect is lying, and so they take careful note of a suspect’s behaviour. People often think that stuttering, looking away and fidgeting are signs that somebody is lying. However, these aspects are not connected. Certain other behaviours can be indicative of lying, such as […]

Who bothers to report cybercrime?

For this research, they used data from the Veiligheidsmonitor over a period of four years (2012-2015). A total of 127,413 offences were investigated, and it was ascertained whether the victims of the offences reported this to the police. More than 36,000 offences were forms of cybercrime, such as identity theft, consumer fraud or hacking. The […]

Football stadium permanent safety risk for the neighbourhood

The closure of the Jules Ottenstadion in Ghent gave criminologists Christophe Vandeviver (University of Ghent), Stijn Van Daele (Ghent University Hospital) and Wim Bernasco (NSCR) the chance to determine whether more criminality occurs in the vicinity of a football stadium. 43% fewer property crimes The researchers studied the number of burglaries, shop thefts, car thefts […]

Expert meeting: victims within criminal trials

Tuesday 12 June | 10.00 AM – 5.00 PM | Forum 2 | Vrije Universiteit | De Boelelaan 1105 | Amsterdam | ACADEMIA MEETS PRACTICE Victims within Criminal Trials – Critical Domestic and International Approaches The expert meeting is free and includes lunch and drinks. Sign up here. In the recent decades, criminal justice systems […]

Victim support in a digitised society

There are already more victims from hacking each year than from bicycle theft Online criminality is a new and diffuse form of criminality. That is reason enough for the Ministry of Justice and Security to commission research into whether the victim support policy needs to be adjusted in this regard. Because what is the impact […]

Increased mortality risk after parental imprisonment

Earlier research has already shown that children who experienced the imprisonment of a parent, more often show criminal behavior and have more mental health problems. Also research among American toddlers and Danish teens shows a correlation between parental imprisonment and premature death. The new NSCR study goes a step further by looking at mortality during […]

The Oxford Handbook of Offender Decision Making: insight into criminal behaviour

How do criminal choices come about? This question is addressed in virtually every discussion about crime and law enforcement. Yet there is few material available that deals with the decision-making behavior of criminals. Are potential perpetrators deterred by punishment? How do they deal with the chance of being caught? What do emotions have to do […]

Barbora Hola Appointed as Member of the Young Academy of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences

Barbora Hola works as Senior Researcher at the NSCR and as Associate Professor at the Department of Criminal Law and Criminology at VU University Amsterdam. In 2017 she received a WISE fellowship to develop her research line on empirical studies of international criminal law and transitional justice after atrocities.  Her research focuses in particular on […]