Translating Research into Practice

Feb
03

The Influence of Intuition on Legal Decision-Making

There is a surprising correspondence between the law and laypeople’s intuitive judgments. 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 of this research into practice. Featured Article | Law and Human Behavior | 2016, […]

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Jan
27

Moral Typecasting May Play A Large Role in How People Perceive Offenders

People may use moral typecasting in their judgment of offenders and to make sentencing determinations. 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 of this research into practice. Featured Article | Law and Human […]

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Jan
20

Use of Psychological Instruments Makes No Difference in Contested Competency Cases

Identifying which defendants are at increased risk to repeat a return to competency (RTC) program would allow more resources to be allocated toward those who have the greatest need, thus reducing the cost associated with repeating the program. This study found that defendants diagnosed with a psychotic disorder and who had three or more previous […]

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Jan
13

Youthful Status a Risk Factor for False Guilty Pleas

With respect to age-related differences in true and false guilty pleas, youthful status may be a risk factor for false guilty pleas. 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 of this research into […]

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Dec
30

Risk Assessment Protocol Crucial to Success of Juvenile Probationers

Valid implementation of risk assessment and case management procedures improve resource allocation without interfering in youth’s lives or increasing the risk to public safety. 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 of this […]

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Dec
23

Evaluators Do Not Always Uphold Culturally Competent Practice Guidelines

Self-reported culturally competent practices among evaluators suggest that evaluators do not always uphold practice guidelines. 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 and findings as well as a translation of this research into practice. Featured Article | […]

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Dec
16

Forensic Risk Assessments Must Account for Cultural Considerations

A Canadian court recently ruled that risk assessment instruments must take cultural considerations into account in order to be used properly [Note: This decision was recently overturned]. The ruling may have widespread implications on the use of existing measures in forensic evaluations. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Psychology, Public […]

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Dec
09

Experience Trumps Science in Influencing Jurors

Forensic science match evidence presented by a highly experienced examiner with an impressive background was judged to be stronger and more persuasive than identical evidence presented by a less experienced examiner with a less impressive background. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Psychology, Public Policy, and Law. Below is a […]

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Dec
02

V-Risk-10 Screening Tool Shows Promising Results in Acute Psychiatric Ward

A violence risk screening tool, the V-RISK-10, shows promising results for both men and women in an acute psychiatric setting. This is the bottom line of a published article in International Journal of Forensic Mental Health. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of this research into practice. […]

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Nov
25

Police-induced Confessions can Strip Innocent Confessors of Vital Exculpatory Evidence

Police-induced confessions can strip an innocent confessor of a vital source of exculpatory evidence, an alibi witness. 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 of this research into practice. Featured Article | Law […]

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Nov
18

Gender Not a Significant Moderator for Predicting Violence in Insanity Acquittees

Gender is not a significant moderator for predicting violence using the HCR-20-V3 in insanity acquittees. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in International Journal of Forensic Mental Health. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of this research into practice. Featured Article| International Journal […]

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Nov
11

Gender Equality is an Inequality in Risk Assessment

PCRA strongly predicts arrests for both genders, but overestimates women’s likelihood of recidivism. 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 of this research into practice. Featured Article | Law and Human Behavior | […]

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