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Author Simon, Dan, 1955-
Title In Doubt : the psychology of the criminal justice process / Dan Simon.
Imprint Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2012.

Author Simon, Dan, 1955-
Subject Judicial process -- Psychological aspects.
Criminal justice, Administration of -- Psychological aspects.
Criminal investigation -- Psychological aspects.
Alt Name Bartels, Larry M., 1956-
Description 1 online resource (416 pages)
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction -- "We're closing in on him" : investigation dynamics -- "Officer, that's him!" : eyewitness identification of perpetrators -- "Officer, that's what happened" : eyewitness memory for the event -- "Just admit it, you're guilty" : interrogating suspects -- "We find the defendant guilty" : fact-finding at trial -- "Bolting out the truth" : the trial's fact-finding mechanisms -- Toward accuracy.
Summary Criminal justice is unavoidably human. Detectives, witnesses, suspects, and victims shape investigations; prosecutors, defense attorneys, jurors, and judges affect the outcome of adjudication. Simon shows how flawed investigations produce erroneous evidence and why well-meaning juries send innocent people to prison and set the guilty free.
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.
ISBN 9780674065116 (electronic bk.)
0674065115 (electronic bk.)
9780674046153
0674046153
OCLC # 835640598
Additional Format Print version: Simon, Dan, 1955- In doubt. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2012 9780674046153 (DLC) 2011038133 (OCoLC)754518554


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