‘Criminologists have been waiting a very long time for a psychology of crime that speaks their language. Finally it has arrived.’ - Dr David Gadd, Keele University Now in an updated second edition, this book explores the links between psychology and crime, taking the reader through psychological explanations of crime and the use of psychology within the criminal justice system. The book aims to demystify some of the myths of psychological criminology and situates the subject within its historical and theoretical foundations, whilst maintaining a contemporary outlook and critical awareness of the field’s advantages and limitations. This second edition includes: • Four new chapters, on ‘Psychological perspectives and their approach to crime’, ‘Mentally disordered offenders’, ‘The Criminal Courts and the role of the Jury’, and ‘Victims, Fear of Crime and Offender Management’. • Improved coverage of the issues around interpersonal violence, sexual violence and deviancy, the psychology of crime in groups, and war crimes. • Increased analysis of psychology and the criminal justice system. Essential reading for students in criminology, sociology and psychology.

Psychology, Courts and the Role of the Jury

Psychology, Courts and the Role of the Jury


Most courts are open to the public, but their functioning is still shrouded in mystery as many do not allow researchers access to the key actors; judges, barristers and especially the jury. As such, most research that takes place involves mock jury methods to create as sympathetic an approximation of a real jury’s decision making as possible. This chapter will explore the debates in this area and make the point that mock jury research, although the next best option to the real thing, can never capture the lived experience of a real jury’s deliberation decisions as they are filtered through the frustrations of the legal obligation to serve.

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