I See What Is Right and Approve, but I Do What Is Wrong

In a recent paper authored by Michael Perlin and Alison Lynch titled “ “I See What Is Right and Approve, but I Do What Is Wrong”: Psychopathy and Punishment in the Context of Racial Bias, the authors stated that there can no longer be any question that issues of race are essential in efforts to understand criminal sentencing. A slew of studies makes clear that, despite federal sentencing guidelines intended to eliminate disparities in sentencing, unexplained disparities in sentencing lengths exist between defendants of different races.

The article adds more light that researchers have found that black defendants fare worse in court than do their white counterparts. Research on capital punishment shows that “killers of White victims are more likely to be sentenced to death than are killers of Black victims” and that “Black defendants are more likely than White defendants” to receive the death penalty.

These are great areas where Therapeutic Jurisprudence could make a positive contribution in the months and years to come.

Please also see: https://libguides.law.uconn.edu/implicit/courts

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