The Criminological Research Institute of Lower Saxony (KFN) is an independent, interdisciplinary research institute established in 1979 by the then Minister of Justice of Lower Saxony, Prof. Dr. Hans-Dieter Schwind. Its mandate is to carry out and promote practice-oriented criminological research as an independent research establishment. The institute works closely with the University of Göttingen on the basis of a cooperation agreement.
KFN is supported by a non-profit association. KFN is funded by the Lower Saxony Ministry for Science and Culture under the Ministry’s institutional funding programme.
On September 1st KFN started the research project Update of regional analyses of right-wing extremism in Schleswig-Holstein. Pupils of the seventh and ninth grade at general schools are questioned about right-wing extremism. The aim of the survey is an expanded replication of the studies on right-wing extremism in Schleswig-Holstein (Maresch et al.,… Read more →
On 13th September 2017 KFN published a report the results of the project Homicide of children aged 6-13. The study – a follow-on project to the KFN research project on homicides of children aged 0-5 in Germany– had several focuses of enquiry. Firstly, it aimed to generate reliable data on the… Read more →
On 1 September 2017 KFN has started researching the topic Police-Issued Eviction Order. In the course of the amendments made by the Act on the Protection against Violence in 2002, police regulations of the federal states were also adapted and instruments for temporary referral from the housing (so-called eviction order)… Read more →
Paula Bleckmann and Nadine Jukschat published an article Artikel Why gaming is good nonetheless – strategies of neutralization among video game addicts and researchers in the social sciences in the current issue of the journal MedienPädagogik No. 27. http://www.medienpaed.com/article/view/486/470 In a first step, different current approaches toward describing the phenomenon of… Read more →
“Computer game dependency” is defined in the current social and scientific discourse by medico-psychological perspectives, the players are tendently conceptualized as “ill.” The dissertation by Nadine Jukschat, published at BELTZ Juventa as a book, takes a different position and sketches dependent computer games. In the tradition of social scientific addiction… Read more →
From April 2016 to May 2017, the KFN carried out a research project on the phenomenon of transient burglar offenders. Within the scope of the research, 30 interviews were conducted with imprisoned intruders who came to Germany shortly to commit burglaries (so-called traveling offenders) and those who after a short… Read more →
On April, 20 2017 the KFN-project school surveys released the results of the Lower Saxony Survey 2013 and 2015 in the research report No. 131. In terms of content, it is linked to earlier KFN school surveys. An emphasis is put on investigating the dark field of juvenile criminality, which… Read more →
In the first edition of the magazine Bewährungshilfe. Soziales – Strafrecht – Kriminalpolitik, Thimna Klatt (KFN) and Dirk Baier (Zurich University of Applied Sciences) have published an article titled Prevalence and Predictors of Drug Consumption in the Youth Penitentiary. For more information about the magazine and ordering options, see http://www.bewhi.de/.
Since 1 January 2017 KFN has been researching the topic “rocker crime” within the framework of the research project with the following aims: Comprehensive investigation of the phenomenon Analysis of police and legal measures Development of preventive approaches The focus is on the Rockerclubs themselves, the victims of rocket criminality,… Read more →
On 15 February 2017, a new research project on the subject of radicalisation within the digital age started at KFN. The goal of the collaborative project, conducted by KFN, is to examine the risks and course of radicalisation processes with a view to the cross-cutting of ideas and with particular… Read more →