Applying Psychology to Criminal Justice / Edition 1

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Psychology and Law has made enormous strides during the last three decades. It now incorporates a much wider range of topics and has seen a marked international growth in specialist journals, books and conferences. The focus, until now, has been on research and academic membership rather than on practical applications and participation by practitioners, psychologists or lawyers; something this volume aims to change.

This book develops the case for successfully applying psychology to law, and criminal justice in particular, by providing a rich range of applicable examples for development now and in the future. In Applying Psychology to Criminal Justice psychologists are encouraged to challenge the currently relatively limited ambition and imagination of psychology and law by examining, amongst other aspects: The relevance of offenders' methods of thinking and concepts to criminal responsibility. The ways in which psychology might be used to inform analyses of corporate responsibility for systems failure. How analyses of decision-making under pressure are most effectively undertaken. How psychological research and insights might be applied to the investigation and analysis of system failure.

This text is an important addition to the bookshelves of forensic, legal, clinical and occupational psychologists, students, and criminal justice personnel: police, probation, prisons. Also essential reading for investigators, lawyers, law reform agencies, and those government departments concerned with home, constitutional, and law reform agendas.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470015155
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/24/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.97 (w) x 10.02 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

All of the editors are based at the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies at Portsmouth University, which is the UK’s largest provider of criminal justice courses. David Carson is Reader in Law and Behavioural Sciences and is qualified as a lawyer. Becky Milne and Francis Pakes are both senior lecturers at the Institute. Karen Shalev is a lecturer, and Andrea Shawyer is a university tutor.
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Table of Contents

About the Editors     vii
Contributors     ix
Preface     xiii
Psychology and Law: A Science to be Applied   David Carson   Becky Milne   Francis Pakes   Karen Shalev   Andrea Shawyer     1
Eyewitness Identification   Ronald P. Fisher   Margaret C. Reardon     21
Behavioural Science and the Law: Investigation   John G.D. Grieve     39
Investigative Interviewing: The Role of Research   Becky Milne   Gary Shaw   Ray Bull     65
Credibility Assessments in a Legal Context   Aldert Vrij     81
Fact Finding and Evidence   Jenny McEwan     97
A Psychology and Law of Fact finding?   David Carson     115
Criminal Responsibility   Susan Dennison     131
Criminal Thinking   Emma J. Palmer     147
The Mentally Disordered Offender: Disenablers for the Delivery of Justice   Jane Winstone   Francis Pakes     167
Decision Making in Criminal Justice   Edie Greene   Leslie Ellis     183
A Behavioural Science Perspective on Identifying and Managing Hindsight Bias and Unstructured Judgement: Implications for Legal DecisionMaking   Kirk Heilbrun   Jacey Erickson     201
To Decide or not to Decide: Decision Making and Decision Avoidance in Critical Incidents   Marie Eyre   Laurence Alison     211
Processes: Proving Guilt, Disproving Innocence   David Carson     233
The Changing Nature of Adversarial, Inquisitorial and Islamic Trials   Francis Pakes     251
Misapplication of Psychology in Court   Peter J. van Koppen     265
Identifying Liability for Organizational Errors   David Carson     283
Applying Key Civil Law Concepts   David Carson   Becky Milne   Francis Pakes   Karen Shalev   Andrea Shawyer     299
Index     311
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