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Kimberly Holt Barrett

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Chapter 2: Case Examples: Addressing Racism, Discrimination, and Cultural Bias in the Interface of Psychology and Law

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Case Examples: Addressing Racism, Discrimination, and Cultural Bias in the Interface of Psychology and Law
Case examples: Addressing racism, discrimination, and cultural bias in the interface of psychology and law
Kimberly HoltBarrettUniversity of Washington
Disputing Racial and Cultural Stereotypes in Criminal Cases

There are times when psychological evaluation may serve to confirm personality and behavior patterns that may contribute to the assessment of culpability in the commission of a crime. Sometimes the understanding of racial and cultural features of a case may contribute to this sort of assessment, especially in regard to addressing stereotypes, cultural confusion, and racial profiling in the context of criminal proceedings. Clinicians may contribute to the culpability assessment in three ways: understanding the offense, understanding the offender, and understanding the victim (Melton, Petrila, Poythress, ...

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