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.
In 2015 and 2016, the State of Schleswig-Holstein has accepted over 43,500 asylum seeker (as of Oct. 11th 2016). As part of the research project, the crime rate is to be determined within this new population group, among other factors depending on the country of origin, residence status, professional qualifications… Read more →
On the 01.10.2016 the KFN started a research project on the behalf of “Organized Crime in the area of burglary theft” which aims at acquiring knowledge about the structures, the perpetrators, the effectiveness of various investigative measures and international cooperations. Existing knowledge and data of the KFN will be used… Read more →
The newest issue of the Journal “Zeitschrift für Jugendkriminalrecht und Jugendhilfe” contains an article from Thimna Klatt and Dirk Baier. The study reviews influencing factors on violent delinquent and victimship on basis of surveys in five penitentiaries. Klatt, T. & Baier, D. (2016): Gewalt im Jugendstrafvollzug: Einflussfaktoren der Opfer- und Täterschaft…. Read more →
An the basis of a representative survey in 2013 the article informs about cyberbullying. Baier, D., Krenz, M., & Bergmann, M. C. (2016). Verbreitung und Einflussfaktoren des Cyberbullyings: Ergebnisse einer Repräsentativbefragung in Niedersachsen. Prevalence and influencing factors of cyberbullying. Findings from a representative survey in Lower Saxony. Zeitschrift für Soziologie der… Read more →
The Journal “Zeitschrift für Jugendkriminalrecht und Jugendhilfe” published an article from Marie Christine Bergmann, Yvonne Krieg und Dirk Baier on Sexting from young people. The article deals shows the results of the secondary school survey. Bergmann, M. C., Krieg, Y., & Baier, D. (2016). Sexting im Jugendalter: Ergebnisse einer Gymnasialbefragung…. Read more →
New book contribution published. The conference proceedings on the conference of the Kriminologische Gesellschaft is published. The conference took place on 24. – 26. September 2015 in Cologne. The conference proceedings include a contribution about burglary from Gina Rosa Wollinger, Arne Dreißigacker and Dirk Baier. Wollinger, G. R., Dreißigacker, A.,… Read more →
The scientific journal “Rechtspsychologie” published an articel about cybergrooming. The article is based on the data of the school survey from 2014 in Nordrhein-Westfalen. The authors are Marie Christine Bergmann und Dirk Baier. Bergmann, M. C., & Baier, D. (2016). Erfahrungen von Jugendlichen mit Cybergrooming: Schülerbefragung – Jugenddelinquenz. Rechtspsychologie, 2(2),… Read more →
Dr. Florian Rehbein participated on a decision about youth media protection. The judgement is about the age requirements of the game “LaserTag”. The trial took place at the Verwaltungsgericht Würzburg. The judgement is a central decision about youth media protection. The judges agreed on the expertise of the psychologist Dr…. Read more →