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The Role of Forensic Pyschology in the Jury System

Psychology's role in the Jury System: Explain how psychology can play a role in the jury system.

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Forensic Psychology:

· A man stabs his wife to death while sleepwalking
· A girl claims she was held captive inside a box for seven years
· A violent juvenile coming up for release needs a risk evaluation
· A man admits to crimes he did not commit
· A mother stones her children to death on God's command
· An employee demands emotional damages for being harassed at work

In the above cases, a forensic psychologist may be called, for purposes that range from assessment to testimony to treatment. This discipline involves psychology in the law, by the law, and of the law. Wherever the legal system and psychology intersect, you have forensic psychology. The forensic psychologist can also be involved in the jury system (http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/criminal_mind/forensics/forensic_psychology/index.html)

1. Psychology's role in the Jury System: Explain how psychology can play a role in the jury system.

a. Jury analysis and selection

Psychologists or other consultants can be used in jury analysis process during the jury selection phase. For example, in 2004, a jury declared Scott ...

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