Wrightsman's Psychology And The Legal System

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  • Edition: 7th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-02-25
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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This engrossing book examines the legal system through the use of psychological concepts, methods, and research results. It seeks to clarify the basic dilemmas that persist in the legal system and looks at the ethical, moral, legal, and psychological "gray areas" of the law, including coverage of such topics as: competence to stand trial, pretrial publicity and resulting changes in venue, criminal profiling, civil case law and civil procedures, the rights of children, capital punishment, the psychology of criminal trials, the insanity defense, expert forensic testimony, and analysis of eyewitness identification and line-up procedures.

The author team for Wrightsman's Psychology And The Legal System, Seventh Edition combines complementary expertise, active research, writing careers, and real world experience (as consultants working within the legal system) to produce a comprehensive text that is unparalleled in scholarship and writing style. The authorship, research base and comprehensive coverage make this text popular with instructors and students.

This text demonstrates the importance of psychology to understanding the legal system and the impact on individuals' everyday lives through the use of real cases and questions formed to create discussions of these cases. This thoroughly updated edition balances discussion of the legal system with psychological theory, concepts, and research.

Table of Contents

Psychology and the law: Choices and roles
The legal system: Issues, structure, and players
Psychology of Crime
Psychology of Police
Crime investigation: Witnesses
Evaluating Criminal Suspects
Between arrest and trial
Forensic assessment in juvenile and criminal cases
Forensic assessment in civil cases
The trial process
Jury representativeness and selection
The jury: Decision processes and reforms
Psychology of victims of crime and violence
Psychology of punishment and sentencing
Juvenile and adult corrections
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Very informative May 14, 2011
This textbook is an excellent undergraduate text. It provides a very fine review of most critical psychological issues within the legal system. The topics are interestingly written. It covers all I needed for class. This engrossing textbook examines the legal system through the use of psychological concepts, methods, and research results. Highly recommended.
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