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Dec
28

Challenging the witness incompetence myth: Forensic interviews with individuals with intellectual disability

Individuals with intellectual disability are able to participate in criminal investigation and testify regarding alleged abuse crimes—however, a forensic interview needs to be informed by a proper evaluation of their skills and adjusted to the developmental needs of the interviewees. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Psychology, Public Policy, and […]

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Dec
21

Research Shows: No Consensus on Optimal Long-Term Treatment for Forensic Patients

This rapid review summarizes available research on the definition, prevalence, characteristics, and needs of long-stay patients within forensic psychiatric settings. The factors most frequently associated with longer stay included: the seriousness of the index offense, history of psychiatric treatment, presence of a cognitive deficit, severity of illness, and diagnosis of schizophrenia or psychotic disorder. Furthermore, […]

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Dec
14

Addressing Trauma via Juvenile Probation Officer’s Treatment Planning

Juvenile Probation Officers recognize trauma exposure and posttraumatic stress symptom information, but do not prioritize such information as a rehabilitation target during the case planning process. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Law and Human Behavior. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation […]

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Dec
07

Et tu, friend? Confessions and corroborating alibis among friends and strangers

Knowledge of a confession may alter the willingness to corroborate alibi even among friends. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Psychology, Public Policy, and Law. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of this research into practice. Featured Article | Psychology, Public Policy, […]

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Nov
30

Extra! Extra! Read all about it: The impact of pretrial media coverage on the right to fair trial in capital cases

Pretrial publicity in capital cases tends to be highly negative, sensationalistic, and tends to contain prejudicial aspects that can potentially impact the jurors unless the venue is moved – which is rarely done. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Psychology, Public Policy, and Law. Below is a summary of the […]

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Nov
23

Guilty after proven innocent: Perceptions of exonerees’ innocence and reintegration support services

Exonerees who were wrongfully convicted based on false confessions were perceived to be less intelligent, more mentally ill, and more guilty – which impeded willingness to provide reintegration services. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Psychology, Public Policy, and Law. Below is a summary of the research and findings as […]

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Nov
16

Locally- v. globally-developed actuarial tools and professional judgment in predicting sexual recidivism

When assessing risk for sexual recidivism, use of actuarial tools that were developed using relevant local samples—as opposed to professional judgment and global actuarial tools—is recommended. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Law and Human Behavior. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation […]

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Nov
09

The link between risk assessment and management: Not as straightforward as it seems

When applied to risk management, risk assessment tools are not sufficient in and of themselves: They should be considered in context of their implementation and potential utility. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Law and Human Behavior. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a […]

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Nov
02

Building a bridge between assessment and practice: Risk assessment tool and RNR principles adherence in probation case plans

Although the LS/CMI was found to be a valid tool for appraising recidivism risk in community-supervised adult male and female offenders, in order to translate risk appraisal tools into the real world case plans application, probation officers require a quality field training with the application of RNR principles. This is the bottom line of a […]

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Oct
26

Do Risk Formulations Differ Depending on which Version of the HCR-20 is used?

The results of the current study suggest that the quality of risk formulation needs improvement but that HCR-20-V3 formulations of risk are better than those of the HCR-20 Version 2. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in the International Journal of Forensic Mental Health. Below is a summary of the research […]

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Oct
19

MMPI-2-RF Scales Have Limited Utility in Predicting Competency Restoration

The present study evaluated whether specific aspects of psychopathological constructs assessed by the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 Restructured Form (MMPI-2-RF) and specific cognitive abilities assessed by the Wechsler Abbreviated Scale of Intelligence (WASI/WASI-II), were associated with length of competency restoration of a sample of male pretrial defendants in a maximum security forensic psychiatric hospital. No […]

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Oct
12

Attorneys’ perspectives on their clients’ abilities to plead guilty

A substantial minority of attorneys may have faced a professional quandary in terms of doubting a client’s competence to plead but choosing not to raise the issue—a conflict for which little professional guidance exists. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Psychology, Public Policy and Law. Below is a summary of […]

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