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The students outside of Norway's Halden prison.

A Life-Changing Visit to a Revolutionary Scandinavian Prison

For 10 days last winter, a small group of Drexel students toured prisons and courthouses in Norway and Sweden to learn how a focus on restoration and rehabilitation creates a radically different criminal justice system.
Larry Krasner

Q&A: Drexel’s Anil Kalhan on Philadelphia DA Candidate Larry Krasner 

Larry Krasner won last week’s Democratic primary for Philadelphia district attorney on the back of a progressive platform and his status as an outsider to the prosecutor’s office. DrexelNow asked Anil Kalhan of the Thomas R. Kline School of Law what to expect if Krasner wins the general election.
Drexel criminology student Alli Scott.

A Criminology Student Ready to Turn Theory Into Practice

Drexel senior Alli Scott’s classroom and field experience has her set for a career as a crime analyst where she can focus on the root of the problems facing high-crime neighborhoods. But her post-graduation plans don’t stop there — she sees a nonprofit in her future.
Drexel police vehicle

Who You Gonna Call? Understanding the Drexel Police Department

If you live in the residence halls on the north end of campus or in one of the homes in Powelton Village, you’ve probably seen Drexel Police on the beat — along with several other law enforcement groups with jurisdiction over the area. Here’s how they all work together to keep you safe.
Three Drexel Police officers keep watch over a crowd

Crime is Down at Drexel, Thanks to a Team Effort

Vice President of Public Safety Eileen Behr is reluctant to take credit for the drop in crime statistics. According to her, lower crime is due to the entire Drexel community working together.

New research by Drexel University and Arizona State University reveals that the burst of electricity from a stun gun can impair a person’s ability to remember and process information.

Taser Shock Disrupts Brain Function, Has Implications for Police Interrogations

New research from a first-of-its-kind human study by Drexel University and Arizona State University reveals that the burst of electricity from a stun gun can impair a person’s ability to remember and process information. In a randomized control trial, participants were subjected to Taser shocks and tested for cognitive impairment. Some showed short-term declines in cognitive functioning comparable to dementia, raising serious questions about the ability of police suspects to understand their rights at the point of arrest.
Jordan Hyatt (L) will evaluate the body camera initiative under SEPTA Police Chief Thomas Nestel III (R). Photo credit: Elizabeth Peckham.

Drexel Criminology Professor to Evaluate SEPTA Body Camera Initiative

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) recently announced that its transit police officers have been equipped with body cameras. The initiative, which is intended to strengthen relationships with the public and provide valuable evidence for investigations, will be evaluated by Jordan Hyatt, JD, PhD, an assistant professor in Drexel University’s Department of Criminology and Justice Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Deputy Police Commissioner Coming to Drexel to Expand School-to-Prison Pipeline Diversion Program

Philadelphia Deputy Police Commissioner Kevin Bethel will spend the next three years expanding the successful pre-arrest diversion program in the School District of Philadelphia for students with no histories of juvenile justice involvement.
Brando

The Upworthy Don: Formulas That Drive Google, Klout, Facebook Help Drexel Researchers Understand Organized Cybercrime

Notorious gangsters Al Capone and Carlo Gambino were famously done in by tax evasion charges. John Gotti, the “Teflon Don” was given up by a confidant. While the criminal masterminds of today are conducting their nefarious business online, the key to taking them down depends on understanding how they organize and where to squeeze them. Researchers from Drexel University’s Privacy and Security Automation Lab are searching for that pressure point by studying the activity of cybercrime forums. Their findings could guide the next generation of “Untouchables.”

A memorial for victims who died in incidents of violence in Philadelphia. Photo: Tony Fischer, CC BY 2.0

Drexel Program Helping Violence Victims to Expand Across Philadelphia Hospitals

In Philadelphia, Healing Hurt People, a Drexel trauma-informed, hospital-based violence intervention program is expanding at a city-wide level to widen the opportunity of preventing future injuries as a result of violence instead of just treating them.
Protestors carrying placards at a Black Lives Matter demonstration in New York City in Nov. 2014.

#BlackLivesMatter Panel Discussion at Drexel during Black History Month

During Black History Month, a roundtable discussion will be held at Drexel University on Friday, Feb. 20 from 6 – 8 p.m. to examine police violence against African Americans, the criminal justice system and community responses. The event will be held in Drexel's MacAlister Hall, 2019-2020 (3250 Chestnut St., Philadelphia). It is sponsored by Drexel’s Office of Equality and Diversity.
A doctor stands by ready to help as paramedics assist a patient on an ambulance.

Hospitals Helping Violence Victims Could Save Millions

Drexel researchers have  published the first study to systematically look at the economic outcomes of programs that help victims of violence change their lives with a hospital-based intervention.