Preventing (Versus Predicting) Violence After Release

by NATHAN COLLINS from Pacific Standard Maybe the most important job when considering releasing a violent psychiatric patient is deciding whether that patient is going to hurt somebody else once they’re out. Unfortunately, according to a paper published in PLoS One, the standard tools used to assess patients’ risk of violence aren’t particularly good at preventing…

The Economy Is Better — Why Don’t Voters Believe It?

By BEN CASSELMAN By BEN CASSELMAN from FiveThirtyEight At 9:30 a.m. on a recent Wednesday, Cyndi Diercks stood poolside at the Paddling Pooch in Bettendorf, Iowa, watching Ollie, her 12-year-old Weimaraner, swim laps. Between tosses of a fluorescent-green floating chew toy, Diercks, the 54-year-old owner of a local landscaping business and a leader of a…

Are Women More Likely Than Men To End A Relationship?

by Mona Chalabi from FiveThirtyEight I’m not sure where you got your numbers, but they’re not far off. A review of the literature on divorce that appeared in the journal American Law and Economics Review in 2000 (I can’t find anything as comprehensive published since then) found that 60 percent to 80 percent of divorces…