KFN buildingThe 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.



Research report in project “school surveys” (Lower Saxony Survey)

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 →


New article about drug consumption in youth restitution published

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/.


New research project “Rocker crime”

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… Read more →


New project “Radicalization in the digital age (RadigZ)””

On 15 February 2017, a new research project on the subject of radicalization in the digital age began at KFN. The goal of the collaborative project, conducted by KFN, is to examine the risks and course of radicalization processes with a view to the cross-cutting of ideas and with particular… Read more →


First research report of the prevention and treatment project

The KFN research project Prevention and treatment of substance and non-substance addictions in Lower Saxony has published its first report. It presents the work and results of the first half of the project from July 2015 to October 2016. This period includes the first of a total of three project… Read more →


New research project “Forensic Psychiatry in Lower Saxony”

On the 01.11.2016 the KFN started a research project on the behalf of forensic psychiatry in Lower Saxony. The aim of the research project is to investigate the previous and current practice of risk prognoses and the adhesive loosening of the patients accommodated in Sections 63 and 64 of the… Read more →


New project “Analysis of trends in crime committed by immigrants in Schleswig-Holstein”

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 →


New project on the behalf of “Organized crime in the area of burglary theft”

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 →


New publication on behalf of violence in youth penitentiary published

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 →


New publication on behalf of cyberbullying published

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 →