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This scholarly text introduces readers to psychological knowledge and theories and then shows their application in a wide variety of court cases and decisions, such as the Tarasoff decision, the Miranda ruling, etc. Providing in-depth information, the authors follow an individual from the time of arrest through the Criminal Justice System until he/she is discharged back into the community and includes discussion of psychology applied to police work, the courts, jury dynamics, rules of evidence, competency, etc. The authors also cover psychological tools, such as hypnosis, voice prints, and lie detectors.
1. Introduction. 2. Psychological Assessment, Testing, and the Law. 3. The Psychology of Law Enforcement. 4. Psychology and the Courts: An Overview. 5. Competencies and Criminal Responsibility. 6. Civil Commitment. 7. The Psychology of the Jury. 8. The Psychology of Evidence: Eyewitness Testimony. 9. Psychology of Evidence and Related Issues. 10. Psychology and Family Law. 11. The Psychology of Criminal Behavior. 12. The Psychology of Institutional Confinement and Punishment.