Unfair: the new science of criminal injustice

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"A crusading legal scholar exposes the powerful psychological forces that undermine our criminal justice system--and affect us all Our nation is founded on the notion that the law is impartial, that legal cases are won or lost on the basis of evidence, careful reasoning and nuanced argument. But they may, in fact, turn on the temperature of the courtroom, the camera angle of a defendant's taped confession, or a simple word choice or gesture during a cross-examination. In Unfair, law professor Adam Benforado shines a light on this troubling new research, showing, for example, that people with certain facial features receive longer sentences and that judges are far more likely to grant parole first thing in the morning. In fact, over the last two decades, psychologists and neuroscientists have uncovered many cognitive forces that operate beyond our conscious awareness--and Benforado argues that until we address these hidden biases head-on, the social inequality we see now will only widen, as powerful players and institutions find ways to exploit the weaknesses in our legal system. Weaving together historical examples, scientific studies, and compelling court cases--from the border collie put on trial in Kentucky to the five teenagers who falsely confessed in the Central Park Jogger case--Benforado shows how our judicial processes fail to uphold our values and protect society's weakest members, convicting the innocent while letting dangerous criminals go free. With clarity and passion, he lays out the scope of the problem and proposes a wealth of reforms that could prevent injustice and help us achieve true fairness and equality before the law"--
A legal scholar exposes the psychological forces that undermine the American criminal justice system, arguing that unless hidden biases are addressed, social inequality will widen, and proposes reforms to prevent injustice and help achieve true equality before the law.
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subject_facet Criminal justice, Administration of -- Psychological aspects, Criminal psychology, Discrimination in criminal justice administration -- Psychological aspects, Law / Criminal Law / General, PSYCHOLOGY / Cognitive Psychology & Cognition, PSYCHOLOGY / Forensic Psychology, Political Science / Public Policy / General, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology
title_display Unfair : the new science of criminal injustice
title_full Unfair : the new science of criminal injustice / Adam Benforado, Unfair : the new science of criminal injustice [electronic resource] / Adam Benforado
title_short Unfair :
title_sub the new science of criminal injustice
topic_facet Criminal justice, Administration of, Criminal psychology, Discrimination in criminal justice administration, Psychological aspects, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology