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The criminalizing effect of contact with the criminal justice system

Exposure to the criminal justice system itself increases some of the risk factors used to predict 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 […]

Violence in Civil Psychiatric Patients: Mad, Bad, or Both?

This study examined the relationship between thinking styles and violence/aggression among civil psychiatric patients. The results reflect that a higher rate of aggressive incidents was predicted by a higher Psychological Inventory of Criminal Thinking Styles (PICTS) score Denial of Harm, higher Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale (BPRS) Hostile Suspiciousness cores, and lower educational attainment. In addition, […]

Risk assessment tools: Harmful or Helpful?

Use of a risk assessment tool for pre or post-trial decisions may help reduce rates of incarceration while still protecting public safety. However, there is a strong need for more rigorous research before clear conclusions can be drawn. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Law and Human Behavior. Below is […]

Predicting the risk of being placed in solitary confinement

A robust, easy-to-use, simple scale can be developed to assess the risk for being placed in administrative segregation among inmates. 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. […]

Are Brain Abnormalities Implicated in Interpersonal Violence? Results of an Imaging Study

The present study investigated the prevalence and nature of structural brain abnormalities (SBAs) in batterers using neuroimaging methods. The results reflect that SBAs are not strongly or specifically associated with interpersonal violence, and it is unlikely responsible for the differences in brain functioning between batterers and other offenders observed in past research. This is the […]

One size cannot fit all: Investigative interview techniques with minimally verbal adults

Minimally verbal adults can provide useful event-related information when interviewed using appropriate techniques. 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, and […]