Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Neuroscience and crime

A recent article on neuroscience and crime is well worth reading, from the Daily Telegraph. I quote from this below:-

"Currently, our patterns of punishment are founded on the concepts of personal volition and the attendant culpability. But a shift in our understanding of individual differences suggests a move toward prison sentences tailored to the risk of recidivism rather than the desire for revenge.
Some people will say that bringing science into sentencing removes its humanity. But as it stands now, research shows that ugly people get longer sentences than beautiful people, and psychiatrists and parole boards, when tested, have no predictive power in guessing who will reoffend.
Beyond modulating sentences, a deeper understanding of the brain will allow us to move beyond treating incarceration as a one-size-fits-all solution. In most countries, prisons have become de facto mental health care systems. It is more cost-effective, and less likely to encouragecriminal behaviour, to divert the mentally ill to mental health courts designed to deal with them."

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