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.



New project about police video surveillance in NRW

Since the new version of the PolG NRW the police in North Rhine -Westphalia can for crime prevention, by means of image transmission and recordings in public places where repeated offenses were committed in accordance with certain save prerequisites and deletion periods. KFN examines since November 1, 2017 as part of a process… Read more →


New project Prejudice-Related Crime

Since November 1, 2017 KFN examines in cooperation with DHPol cooperation between security authorities and civil society with regard to the prevention of prejudice-related crimes.  These include criminally relevant acts that are wholly or partially motivated by prejudice against certain characteristics of the victim (such as race, ancestry, nationality, religion,… Read more →


New project “Update of regional analyses of right-wing extremism in Schleswig-Holstein”

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 →


New research report “Homicide of children aged 6-13 in Germany”

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 →


New research project “Police-Issued Eviction Order”

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 →


Article about video game addiction published

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 →


(Sehn-)Sucht Computerspiel: New study on computer game dependency published

“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 →


Research report on behalf of transient burglars

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 →


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/.