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Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice (2nd edn)

Anthea Hucklesby and Azrini Wahidin
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date: 22 March 2023

14. Psychology and criminal justicelocked

14. Psychology and criminal justicelocked

  • Joanna Adler


This chapter, which examines the role of psychology in the criminal justice process, begins with a historical context before charting the development of some applications of psychology to criminal justice. It then discusses the application of psychology to all stages of the criminal justice process: pre-trial, trial, and post-trial. The chapter considers how psychology has influenced the law and its application, and the role psychologists play in criminal justice settings. It also highlights ways in which the law impacts upon psychological practice using examples of limitations to culpability, diversionary schemes, and the diagnosis of Dangerous and Severe Personality Disorder.

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