crime http://iowapublicradio.org en CSI: Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/csi-iowa <p>Over a hundred years ago, searching for fingerprints became routine for crime scene investigation. In the intervening years the tools of forensic investigation have greatly evolved.</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 19:03:14 +0000 Ben Kieffer, Sarah Boden & Ben Stanton 37738 at http://iowapublicradio.org CSI: Iowa The Anatomy of a False Confession http://iowapublicradio.org/post/anatomy-false-confession <p>The<a href="http://www.innocenceproject.org/"> Innocence Project</a> says that in about <a href="http://www.innocenceproject.org/fix/False-Confessions.php">25% of DNA exoneration cases, innocent defendants made incriminating statements, delivered outright confessions or pled guilty</a>. People sometimes confess to crimes they didn&rsquo;t commit. But,why?</p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 19:21:12 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Sarah Boden 30269 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Anatomy of a False Confession Recidivism http://iowapublicradio.org/post/recidivism <p>Iowa Public Radio concludes it's summer series on Iowa's corrections system with a look at recidivism. Host Ben Kieffer learns why offenders in rural areas may be at a disadvantage when they leave prison, and also, what factors influence an offender's likelihood to return to prison?&nbsp;</p><p></p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 19:53:25 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Sarah Boden 26581 at http://iowapublicradio.org Recidivism Crime Victims' Needs http://iowapublicradio.org/post/crime-victims-needs <p>Many severe crimes alter a victim's life forever. People convicted of those crimes might be put behind bars for a very long time or even the rest of their lives. &nbsp;Join host Charity Nebbe&nbsp;who talks with victims about what they want--and don't want--from the people that committed crimes against them or their family members. &nbsp;Hear the story of one woman whose daughter was murdered and the personal journey she took getting ready to meet the murderer face-to-face ten years later.</p><p></p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 20:24:08 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Ben Stanton 23307 at http://iowapublicradio.org Crime Victims' Needs Does sex offender treatment work? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/does-sex-offender-treatment-work <p></p><p>As we continue our series on corrections in Iowa…here's the second half of our report on sex offender treatment and monitoring. &nbsp;</p><p>About 1 in 8 inmates in Iowa's prison system are sex offenders, and many go through treatment while in prison. &nbsp;But does it work?</p> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 14:47:05 +0000 Sarah McCammon 22986 at http://iowapublicradio.org Does sex offender treatment work? Treating Sex Offenders http://iowapublicradio.org/post/treating-sex-offenders <p>It’s been just over a month since two girls from Dayton, Iowa were abducted near their bus stop - allegedly by a convicted sex offender who’d served nearly two decades in prison. &nbsp;Authorities say Michael Klunder abducted the girls and committed suicide later that day.</p><p>The fact that Klunder was free at all has prompted questions about how sex offenders are evaluated, treated and monitored.&nbsp;</p><p>This story begins a summer series examining Iowa's correctional system.</p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 05:00:00 +0000 Sarah McCammon 22901 at http://iowapublicradio.org Treating Sex Offenders The Cutting Edge of Forensic Science http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cutting-edge-forensic-science <p>Over a hundred years ago, searching for fingerprints became routine in crime scene investigation. In the intervening years the tools of forensic investigation have greatly evolved. Host Ben Kieffer speaks to Iowa State University Mechanical Engineer <a href="http://www.me.iastate.edu/directory/faculty/daniel-attinger/">Daniel Attinger</a> about <a href="http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2013/04/18/bloodstains">his research for the U.S. Thu, 06 Jun 2013 20:00:49 +0000 Ben Kieffer, Sarah Boden & Ben Stanton 22015 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Cutting Edge of Forensic Science The Crime of Stalking http://iowapublicradio.org/post/crime-stalking <p>Though <a href="http://www.iowa.gov/government/ag/helping_victims/contents/stalking.html">stalking became a crime in the state of Iowa in 1994</a>, it’s a difficult charge since in many ways stalking is an “invisible" crime.&nbsp; Upon examining this crime River to River asks, "What should a person do if they're being stalked?" And also, "What drivers stalkers to obsessively harass their victims?"</p> Tue, 21 May 2013 18:56:27 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Sarah Boden 21113 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Crime of Stalking Facial Recognition Technology and Police Lineups http://iowapublicradio.org/post/facial-recognition-technology-and-police-lineups <p>Facial recognition technology is increasing becoming a part of life, but how is this technology being used and how much is too much?&nbsp; <a href="http://www.educause.edu/members/brian-mennecke">Brian Mennecke </a>will explain the ways <a href="http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2013/05/08/facialrecognition">digital advertisements</a> can "read" your face and discuss other commercial uses for facial recognition technology.&nbsp; Later <a href="http://wells.socialpsychology.org/">Gary Wells</a> joins the program to discuss his<a href="http://www.las.iastate.edu/150/wells.shtml"> recently deve Tue, 21 May 2013 18:40:35 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Sarah Boden 21120 at http://iowapublicradio.org Facial Recognition Technology and Police Lineups Payout Reduced in Henry's Turkey Discrimination Case http://iowapublicradio.org/post/payout-reduced-henrys-turkey-discrimination-case <p>A landmark $240 million verdict against a Texas company who employed mentally disabled workers at an Iowa turkey processing plant will be reduced to about $1.6 million because of a law capping their damages. The 32 men faced decades of verbal and physical abuse at work and at home.</p><p>The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Henry's Turkey Service have agreed in legal briefs that each plaintiff can recover $50,000 - compared to the $7.5 million a jury awarded them on May 1st.</p> Tue, 14 May 2013 11:26:53 +0000 Pat Blank 20728 at http://iowapublicradio.org Payout Reduced in Henry's Turkey Discrimination Case County Jails Struggle to Treat Mental Health Issues http://iowapublicradio.org/post/county-jails-struggle-treat-mental-health-issues <p>Just about everyone – from the National Rifle Association to the American Civil Liberties Union — agrees that the mental health system in this country is broken. In Iowa, many local sheriffs say that means their county jails have become way stations for people with mental illness. Iowa Public Radio’s Sandhya Dirks reports on what can happen when county jails are tasked with caring for the mentally ill.</p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 14:54:16 +0000 Sandhya Dirks 20006 at http://iowapublicradio.org Lawmaker Pushes to Keep Gun Permits Private http://iowapublicradio.org/post/lawmaker-pushes-keep-gun-permits-private <p></p><p>The names of Iowans who obtain permits to carry a weapon would not be public record under a proposal introduced to a committee in the Iowa House.</p><p>The bill's sponsor, Rep. Matt Windschitl (R - Missouri Valley), is a leading gun rights advocate. He sees keeping private the names of Iowans who get permits to carry or acquire weapons as a matter of public safety.</p> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 15:50:24 +0000 Clay Masters 14952 at http://iowapublicradio.org Lawmaker Pushes to Keep Gun Permits Private Career Criminals And Global Warming's Potential To Spark Violence http://iowapublicradio.org/post/career-criminals-and-global-warmings-potential-spark-violence <p>Are career criminals born or made? Host Ben Kieffer talks with Matt DeLisi, an associate professor of sociology and director of the criminal justice program at Iowa State University, about how a lifetime of events can impact an individual and has the potential to&nbsp;mold them into a repeat offender. Then, Iowa Sate University&nbsp;Psychologist&nbsp;Craig Anderson discusses a study that shows as the average temperature of earth rises, so does the potential for violent tendencies.</p> Mon, 13 Aug 2012 15:32:57 +0000 Ben Kieffer 6263 at http://iowapublicradio.org Career Criminals And Global Warming's Potential To Spark Violence Iowa Officials Cracking Down on Con Man Posing as ... Them http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-officials-cracking-down-con-man-posing-them <p>Iowa&rsquo;s Democratic Attorney General and Republican Secretary of State have joined forces to stop an unusual kind of identity fraud.&nbsp;&nbsp; A California con man tried&nbsp; to collect fees from Iowa corporations by pretending to <u>be</u> the Secretary of State.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Thu, 12 Jul 2012 10:55:57 +0000 Joyce Russell 4567 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa Officials Cracking Down on Con Man Posing as ... Them Gun Violence Spreads in Cedar Rapids http://iowapublicradio.org/post/gun-violence-spreads-cedar-rapids <p>Gun violence in Cedar Rapids is at an all-time high.<br />Police say they&rsquo;re not sure what&rsquo;s behind the massive spike.<br />And the violence is spreading to parts of town once considered safe.</p><p>Wellington Heights is not one of those parts of town. You could say it has a bad rep in Cedar Rapids,<br />thanks to some of the highest crime rates in the city. But lately, things are getting worse.</p> Thu, 03 May 2012 13:22:26 +0000 Kate Wells 934 at http://iowapublicradio.org Gun Violence Spreads in Cedar Rapids