Popular crime shows may help reduce sexual assault

By Darin Watkins, Edward R. Murrow College of Communication PULLMAN, Wash. – A new study reveals viewers of “Law and Order” have a better grasp of sexual consent than viewers of other crime dramas such as “CSI” or “NCIS,” suggesting that individuals who watch programs in which sexual predators are punished may avoid sexual predatory […]

WSU research helps reduce criminal re-offense rates

By Judith Van Dongen, WSU Spokane SPOKANE, Wash. – Increasing public safety and controlling costs are among the benefits of three related Washington State University projects to predict criminal re-offense and determine the effectiveness of treatment programs.

Spring lecture series focuses on crime-prevention

SPOKANE – No matter where you live, crime prevention is a key to community safety. How does design fit in the mix and help us stay ahead of the crime? The Design Institute at Washington State University Spokane is hosting “”Designing Products Against Crime: A Think Thief Orientation,” a lecture that will address those questions […]

Academia’s size has made faking tough

It’s always been a bad idea to misrepresent — to lie about — your academic credentials, but this summer it became a crime punishable by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. The bill passed by the Washington Legislature is sometimes referred to as the “diploma mill bill,” and it makes it […]

Arrests bring wake-up call

Thanks to tips from a couple of observant people, a long string of campus computer thefts may have come to an end in late July with a pair of arrests. The first suspect in that investigation — Garry J.R. Sommerfeld, 31, Pullman, a WSU custodian with Facilities Operations — is scheduled to appear in Whitman […]

Public service leadership grad certificate added

A new graduate certificate focusing on public service leadership is being added to Washington State University Spokane#s criminal justice program. The certificate was developed as a partnership between the Washington State Institute for Community Oriented Policing at WSU Spokane, the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Association and the Washington Associate of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs. […]