New research challenges ‘broken windows theory’ of crime prediction

In a recently pub­lished study, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity assis­tant pro­fessor Daniel T. O’Brien offered a new model for advancing the study of neigh­bor­hood dynamics. He lever­aged Big Data to shed new light on what fac­tors pre­dict crime in urban neigh­bor­hoods, finding that pri­vate conflict—not public disorder—is a strong indicator.

3Qs: ‘West Memphis Three’ set free

Pro­fessor Jack Levin exam­ines the unusual nature of a murder case in which three young men served nearly 20 years in prison for a crime that new DNA analysis sug­gests they did not commit

3Qs: The mindset behind mass murder

Last week’s ter­rorist attack in Norway stunned that nation and the world. We asked Jack Levin, the Brud­nick Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor of Soci­ology and Crim­i­nology at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, who spe­cial­izes in the study of vio­lence and hate, to dis­cuss the mindset of the accused killer and the poten­tial for changes in Norway’s judi­cial system, which imposes rel­a­tively lenient sen­tences for brutal crimes.