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  1. In Doubt: The Psychology of the Criminal Justice Process
    In Doubt: The Psychology of the Criminal Justice Process
    In Doubt: The Psychology of the Criminal Justice Process
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  2. In Doubt: The Psychology of the Criminal Justice Process

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The criminal justice process is unavoidably human. Police detectives, witnesses, suspects, and victims shape the course of investigations, while prosecutors, defense attorneys, jurors, and judges affect the outcome of adjudication. In this sweeping review of psychological research, Dan Simon shows how flawed investigations can produce erroneous evidence and why well-meaning juries send innocent people to prison and set the guilty free.

The investigator’s task is genuinely difficult and prone to bias. This often leads investigators to draw faulty conclusions, assess suspects’ truthfulness incorrectly, and conduct coercive interrogations that can lead to false confessions. Eyewitnesses’ identification of perpetrators and detailed recollections of criminal events rely on cognitive processes that are often mistaken and can easily be skewed by the investigative procedures used. In the courtroom, jurors and judges are ill-equipped to assess the accuracy of testimony, especially in the face of the heavy-handed rhetoric and strong emotions that crimes arouse.

Simon offers an array of feasible ways to improve the accuracy of criminal investigations and trials. While the limitations of human cognition will always be an obstacle, these reforms can enhance the criminal justice system’s ability to decide correctly whom to release and whom to punish.

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Having taught forensic evidence in law school, and been a lawyer and a judge, I recommend a very important book to anyone interested in the current state of criminal justice. Things are going wrong--we know this because we now have hundreds of wrongful convictions to prove it. We are beginning to understand how this can come to be, and Dan Simon's book, among a select few others, is an important read for anyone who wants to understand the problems, how they come to be, and how they might be fixed.

Since the early 1990's, when DNA typing began to be used in the criminal justice system, unsound criminal convictions and DNA-supported exonerations have shown that there is something wrong in the way we investigate and try criminal cases. To date, DNA has exonerated about 320 innocent persons, some decades after being convicted. Closer looks at non-DNA cases seem to account for over a thousand other exonerations of the wrongly convicted. Analysis of these wrongful... Read more
This book had some great points but was written so densely that it was very difficult for my daughter and I to get through. Was assigned for an AP Government class and was definitely a college level text. Was expensive as well -- even though I got a good price through Amazon. It is a shame the author didn't make the book more common language and understandable as it really could have some important impact on our legal system!!
Excellent, thought provoking book that goes beyond discussion of what's broken in the criminal justice system to offering valuable solutions.
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