Translating Research into Practice

Mar
10

Cognitive Processing Style May Represent a Threat to Making Competent Plea Decisions

A person’s cognitive processing style may affect his or her decision to accept a plea bargaining more so than his or her values. 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 […]

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Mar
03

Uncertainty Avoidance and Language Formality Impact Interpersonal Alignment in Police-Civilian Interactions

Negotiators tend to achieve more alignment in within-culture interactions compared to cross-cultural interactions and the use of formal languages and messages that emphasize law and regulations when interacting with perpetrators high on uncertainty avoidance helps to better align communication across cultures. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Law and Human […]

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Feb
24

Juvenile Criminal Involvement may Signal the Presence of Heightened Criminogenic Need among Adults with SMI

A juvenile history of criminal involvement may signal the presence of heightened criminogenic need among adults with serious mental illness, offering significant implications for efforts aimed at reducing repeat incarceration among mentally disordered offenders. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Law and Human Behavior. Below is a summary of the […]

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Feb
17

Mental Health’s Role in Juvenile Justice Rehabilitation

Justice involved youth whose mental health needs were treated, also had their criminogenic need met. However, more research is needed to understand how mental health treatment affects intervention targeting criminogenic needs. 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 […]

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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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