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Portraits in Human Sexuality [electronic resource]: Nonconsensual Sexuality

Without consent, sexual intercourse is nothing less than rape. This program offers insights into sexual victimization through interviews with a young woman who was raped in her own home by an armed assailant and a young man who was expelled from college on a charge of acquaintance rape. Also, a rehabilitation service for sexual offenders is profiled, with an emphasis on the treatment of deviant sexual arousal and the cognitive restructuring, victim impact awareness, and empathy skills development that goes into it.

Abu Ghraib [electronic resource]: Torturer's Tale

Javal Davis was imprisoned for assaulting inmates at Abu Ghraib, but insists he is not a torturer. His fellow MP Ken Davis was never implicated, having reported the abuse to superiors. This program presents in-depth interviews with both men, detailing their side of the story and conveying their disillusionment with Pentagon officials who wanted interrogations pushed "up a notch." Featuring nightmarish descriptions and images from inside the prison-highlighting deplorable conditions endured by inmates and guards alike-the program also includes insight into the mentality of reservist Charles Graner, currently serving a 10-year sentence for Abu Ghraib torture.
2006; 2005

The Suffering of Sudan [electronic resource]

Darfur is dying. Drought and military violence in this region of Sudan have caused more than a million people to flee, and the death toll from starvation, disease, and militia attacks continues to rise. What, if anything, is being done to help the victims? This Peabody Award-winning program goes inside the Bredjing Refugee Camp in neighboring Chad, visits a tiny clinic run by Doctors Without Borders, and rides with the Sudan Liberation Army to give viewers a glimpse of what the UN is calling one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world.

Serial Rapist [electronic resource]: Criminal Profile

James Perry lived a double life. On the surface, he was a loving husband and father-but for more than five years, the Madison, Wisconsin, construction worker committed dozens of sexual attacks against children and young women. This ABC News program explains how the man known as the "mall rapist" was finally caught, and how his massive collection of digitized images and video provides chilling insight into the mind of a psychopath. Featuring interviews with Perry's former wife and with crime expert Maureen Wall, the program is not only a psychological criminal profile-it also sheds light on ways for parents to protect children from predators.
2006; 2005

The PCL-R Checklist [electronic resource]: Measure of Evil

It's a scenario from science fiction: police, predicting the future, arrest citizens before they commit crimes. But the scenario has real-world parallels in psychology. This film examines the PCL-R, or Psychopathy Checklist-Revised, a classification tool used to profile criminals and predict whether or not they will re-offend. In addition to forensic applications, the film shows how the checklist has been modified for use in the corporate world. Interview subjects include Dr. Robert Hare, the University of British Columbia psychology professor who developed the PCL-R, as well as organizational psychologist Dr. Paul Babiak and Simon Fraser University psychology professor Dr. Stephen D. Hart.
2006; 2005

Poisoning [electronic resource]: What an Autopsy Reveals

In this program, anatomist Gunther von Hagens conducts a meticulous autopsy in order to address the subject of poisoning-but the toxins he searches for have been manufactured within the deceased. Von Hagens and pathologist John Lee dissect the body of a man who suffered kidney failure, showing how the body can be contaminated if critical organs such as the kidneys and the liver can't filter out the poisonous by-products of metabolism. Following explanations of dialysis, a long segment of intestine is removed and connected to a fluid source, demonstrating the frequently fatal effects of obstruction, ulceration, or perforation of the intestinal tract.
2007; 2006

The Truth About Liars [electronic resource]

Like it or not, humans are adept at the art of lying. Drawing upon the fields of psychology, sociology, technology, philosophy, and criminology, this program sheds light on the complex realities of untruthfulness through the work of researchers who have made lying a subject of profound study: Professor Bella DePaulo, an expert on the communication of deception; Professor Maureen O'Sullivan, an authority on social-emotional intelligence, lie detection, and facial expression recognition; Paul Ekman, developer of the Micro Expression Training Tool; Cornell University's Jeff Hancock, an expert on digital deception in computer-mediated environments; David Livingstone Smith, a philosopher dedicated to analyzing the link between nature and deception; forensic psychologist Stephen Porter; an [...]
2009; 2008

Light [electronic resource]: Visionary Science

Whether they're searching for the cosmic big picture or studying Earth's most humble life forms, scientists must develop a thorough understanding of light. This program guides viewers through cutting-edge physics, biology, and forensics as it explores light's fundamental characteristics and uses. Viewers are introduced to MacArthur Fellow and Harvard researcher Dr. Lene Hau, who outlines her method for slowing light down, despite Einstein's assertion to the contrary. In addition, the program sheds light-literally-on new tools and techniques in crime scene investigations, while studying photosynthesis in plants and the surprising visual acuity of jellyfish.
2009; 2008

Eyewitness Testimony [electronic resource]: Psychological Aspects

Eyewitness testimony remains one of the most important sources of evidence in criminal investigations. Even in cases where there is only eyewitness evidence, 75 percent result in a conviction. This three-section program weighs the reliability of eyewitness testimony and what this reveals about the nature of memory itself. It also examines the concept of schemas and the nature of constructive memory, illustrates the effect of leading questions and the planting of false information, and looks at three ways to improve eyewitness testimony: the cognitive interview, police reconstructions, and hypnosis.
2009; 2001

The Sociology of Crime and Deviance [electronic resource]

Taking into account the dramatic shift in the focus of research in recent years from theories about criminal activity to applications of crime prevention, this multi-section program compares and contrasts the concepts of social causation, social construction, and social control as they relate to the sociology of crime and deviance. Topics include the influence of wider social forces on theories about crime, the reevaluation of criminals as victims or rebels, and three examples of the movement toward a greater pragmatism concerning crime: socio-environmental control, situational crime prevention, and Braithwaite's restorative justice.
2009; 2003

Forensic Science in Action [electronic resource]: From Crime Scene to Courtroom

What happens when a deadly crime takes place and law enforcement puts all of its scientific resources into action? Can forensic science really solve a murder? This program follows scientists through a dramatized investigation, from the discovery of the crime scene through various stages of evidence analysis to the presentation of findings in court. Instead of Hollywood hype, viewers are given a realistic portrayal of the forensic science process, including field photography, evidence recording, victim identification, DNA profiling, fingerprint readings (complete with an explanation of print types and ridge analysis) and much more. Set in Australia.
2009; 2007

The Truth About Violence [electronic resource]

Hiding deep within the human mind-or perhaps closer to its surface than many would care to know-are forces that can cause one person to assault and kill another. This program studies the primal centers of the brain and the behaviors they control in order to gain an understanding of violence. Illustrating the role of brain chemicals like dopamine and serotonin as well as social conditioning that brings belligerence to the forefront, the film shows how violence is accepted, celebrated, or conveniently overlooked. Specific topics include sleep deprivation, the link between brain damage and domestic violence, the thought processes of convicted murderers, and a Bolivian village in which fist-fighting settles legal disputes.
2009; 2008

Bodies, Blood, and Ballistics Part 1 [electronic resource]: Forensics School

From the physics of bullet trajectories to the grim details of human decay, forensic science is a challenging discipline for any student to enter. This program ushers viewers into the prestigious Forensic Science department at the University of Central Lancashire in Great Britain. Tests and coursework involve ballistics experiments used to solve a shotgun shooting case; an introduction to blood splatter analysis at the school's mock crime scene facility; and an ordeal that every first-year forensics school scholar, regardless of his or her personal goals and sensitivities, is required to undergo-the Death and Decomposition lecture.
2009; 2006

Hands-on Police Work Part 2 [electronic resource]: Forensics School

Fingerprint analysis, crime scene photography, the fine art of grave digging-these are only a few of the highlights on the path to mastering forensic science. This program follows the progress of students in the respected Forensic Science department at the University of Central Lancashire. As part of the Forensic Anthropology course, a third-year student has to put himself in the mind-set of a murderer as he learns how to dispose of human remains. Meanwhile, first-year students knuckle down at the school's mock crime scene facility for a practical test in fingerprinting and crime scene documentation within various simulated scenarios.
2009; 2006

Crime Scene Chronicles Part 3 [electronic resource]: Forensics School

Criminal investigators must be able to analyze any type of crime scene, be it a criminal's abandoned car or the elegant surroundings of a manor house. This program follows crime scene studies undertaken in the renowned Forensic Science department at the University of Central Lancashire in the U.K. Viewers accompany first-year Police and Criminal Investigation students as they gather evidence from within and outside mock automobiles; attempt to solve an armed robbery of wealthy partygoers through lab analysis of blood, fabric, and glass shards; and confront several other realistic and often gory crime scenarios.
2009; 2006

From Canines to Courtroom Part 4 [electronic resource]: Forensics School

Although they perform a vital service, police dogs aren't the only creatures to keep track of at crime scenes-wild animals can play a role, too. This program studies the usefulness of canines and the often confusing influence of scavengers as it documents coursework at the University of Central Lancashire's Forensic Science department. In addition to portraying the police skills of man's best friend and the difficulty of locating victims' remains in a forest environment, the program also looks at preparations for a mock trial. Students in the Forensic Law module must organize and present findings as if they are expert witnesses delivering scientific testimony for the prosecution.
2009; 2006

Goodbye Classroom, Hello Crime Part 5 [electronic resource]: Forensics School

Creating a DNA profile, identifying skeleton parts, finding hidden graves-just a few loose ends to tie up before graduation! This program represents the culmination of three challenging years in the Forensic Science department at the University of Central Lancashire. But first, viewers follow a first-year student as she prepares for a genetic profiling exam and a second-year as she studies human infrastructure for an impending bone quiz. After two third-years face a final test in locating clandestine burial sites, it's on to the commencement party-where departing students reflect on their experiences, discuss career plans, and contemplate life after Forensics School.

In the Shadow of Feeling [electronic resource]

Without remorse or empathy, psychopaths control, even kill, others for personal profit. But every psychopath starts out as a child. Using interviews with forensic psychologists, child psychiatrists, and a 17-year-old named Jonathan who is serving a sentence for first-degree murder, this powerful film elucidates the factors that can transform children into psychopaths. Dr. Elliott Barker, founder of the Canadian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, discusses both primary and ancillary causes of psychopathy, such as the effects of daycare and a society premised on consumerism.
2009; 2007

Inside Wabash [electronic resource]

Situated in America's heartland among acres of Indiana cornfields, Wabash Valley Correctional Facility houses not just the state's most violent offenders but also a large population of the mentally ill. This MSNBC documentary looks at the challenges of confining thousands of hardened criminals in addition to those with deep-seated psychiatric needs. Wabash psychiatrist Dr. Mary Ruth Sims describes her work with a group of self-mutilating prisoners, while superintendent Craig Hanks and his staff outline their day-to-day challenges and the operation of the prison's SHU or secure housing unit. Viewer discretion advised: additional interviews feature severely deranged inmates who give accounts of their horrific crimes.
2008; 2005

The Criminal Mind [electronic resource]

We do not cure anybody, the director of Atascadero State Hospital's Sexually Violent Predator unit frankly admits. Nevertheless, many in the criminal justice community admire Atascadero's relentless efforts to treat the criminally insane. This MSNBC documentary provides an inside look at the facility, which houses several types of offender-from MDOs, or the mentally disordered, to frighteningly disturbed SVPs-any of whom are eligible to run for a seat on the inmate governing board. Interviews with a number of residents and staff members are combined with a tour of the hospital's sophisticated departments, including a colossal pharmacy that dispenses 12,000 pills per day and an in-house, unarmed police force. At Atascadero, drugs keep the peace.
2008; 2006