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  1. 18 September 2020, In the press

    “New Ideas in the Fight against Money Laun­der­ing”

    The coronavirus pandemic has encouraged the growth of organized crime in Germany. However, according to Dr. Benjamin Vogel and Dr. Clara Rigoni (senior researchers at the MPI-CSL), effective tools for law enforcement are lacking. This has to change.

  2. 12 August 2020, In the press

    “Strong Trust in Po­lice Des­pite Ra­cism Ac­cus­a­tions”

    “The Police: Friend or Foe?” This was the motto of a digital lunchtime discussion hosted by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Südbaden on August 10. Armin Schuster (Member of Parliament from Lörrach) and Ralf Poscher (Director at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law in Freiburg) were invited to exchange views.

  3. 6 August 2020, Events

    The Po­lice: Friend or Foe?

    with Armin Schuster (Member of the German Parliament) and Prof. Ralf Poscher, Director at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law | Monday, 10 August 2020 | 12:30 until 1:30 p.m.

  4. 4 August 2020, In the press

    “Stricter Laws are a Sign of Help­less­ness”

    In Germany, a number of child abuse cases have dominated the headlines in recent months. Amidst calls for harsher punishment for the perpetrators, the Federal Ministry of Justice presented initial reform proposals at the beginning of July. But what effect could stricter laws have? Tatjana Hörnle, Director at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law, is sceptical. She has …

  5. 21 July 2020, In the press

    ZuRecht – Po­lice in an Open So­ci­ety

    After George Floyd’s death, thousands of citizens across the United States and Europe took to the streets to protest against racism and police violence. One topic that has repeatedly been discussed in the context of these protests concerns the role of diversity, discrimination, and racism in both police training and everyday police work. Starting in autumn 2019, the project ZuRecht - Die Polizei …

  6. 17 July 2020, In the press

    “When Men Kill their Fe­male Part­ners”

    The numbers of femicides have remained consistently high over the past years. One thing all perpetrators have in common is patriarchal ideas and an extreme image of masculinity, says Bayerischer Rundfunk, which cites Gunda Wössner, criminal psychologist at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law.

  7. 30 June 2020, In the press

    “One has to Fight for a Lib­er­al Po­lice Cul­ture”

    The police forces currently find themselves in the focus of public debate. This was triggered partly by the attacks on police officers in Stuttgart by rioting youths. For another part, police violence against blacks in the USA has also brought up the issue of racism in police work in Germany. Ralf Poscher, Director at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law is investigat…

  8. 29 June 2020, In the press

    “Sexu­al Of­fences Against Chil­dren Oc­cur in Vary­ing De­grees of Sever­ity”

    If serious serial crimes involving child sexual abuse and the distribution of child pornographic images are detected, as was recently the case in Münster and Lügde, demands for a tightening of criminal law quickly follow. However, there is a discrepancy between public expectations and the scope for national legal policy, writes Tatjana Hörnle, director at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of…

  9. 24 June 2020, In the press

    “Con­front­ing Shame­ful Leg­acy Is Es­sen­tial Part of Po­lice Train­ing”

    Ralf Poscher, director of the Department of Public Law, told the New York Times that, after the Second World War, the Allies wanted to demilitarize and civilize police matters in Germany. More than seven decades later, that early ambition of demilitarization has morphed into a broad-based strategy of de-escalation that has become the bedrock of modern German policing.

  10. 19 June 2020, Events

    City’s Cor­rec­tion­al Fa­cil­it­ies also In­volved in Freiburg’s 2020 Ju­bilee

    „Strafraum“ or “Penalty Area” – this is the name of a project by the Freiburg Bürgerstiftung (citizens’ foundation) that will form part of the city’s 900-year jubilee. The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law will assist as a cooperation partner. The aim of the project is to make Freiburg’s correctional facilities more visible to the general public and to stimulate discus…

  11. 18 June 2020, People in the news

    Otto Hahn Medal awar­ded to Filip Vo­jta

    Filip Vojta was distinguished with the Max Planck Society’s Otto Hahn Medal on June 17, 2020. The jurist and criminologist received the award for his dissertation “Punishment and Sentence Enforcement for Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law Committed in the Former Yugoslavia.” The dissertation focused on a comprehensive qualitative exploration of the system for enforcement of the …

  12. 15 June 2020, Research news

    Year­book High­lights of the Max Planck So­ci­ety

    Every year, the Max Planck Society presents a scientific activity report in the form of the Yearbook as an account to the public and its funding agencies. The focus is on the questions: Where do we stand and where do we want to go? 15 articles that are particularly suitable and interesting for a non-specialist audience make it into the Highlights issue. This year, a contribution from Freiburg is …

  13. 28 May 2020, In the press

    Quar­ant­ine without Pro­tec­tion

    As would-be criminals heed stay-at-home orders, major cities across the globe have reported a significant drop in both property and violent crimes. The numbers of burglary, assault, murder, robbery, and grand larceny cases have dropped following the outbreak of the pandemic. This is due to the lack of opportunities, and the recognition that life is worth staying away from the public for. But for …