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Forensic Psychology

Forensic psychology is a discipline of psychology that includes criminal profiling, reasons why a person would commit a crime, guidance to individuals involved in criminal court, expert testimony in the court, determining if the criminal is “legally insane” and many more.

How The Prison System Fails To Protect The Mentally Ill

by Aliah Ranne Paras

According to the Centre of Addiction and Mental Health, located in Toronto, Ontario, the chances of someone with a mental illness entering a prison facility is 4-7 times more likely than those that don’t. The term used to refer to this phenomenon is that of “the criminalization of the mentally ill”. This is where the system falls short. With the huge intake of inmates, it leaves the prison system with little time and space to accommodate for those with specific needs and fails to do their job of rehabilitating those to reintegrate into society.

Interrogations and the Issues With Them

Interrogations are a very important aspect of a criminal investigation as they immensely help with determining if the suspect killed the victim. The aim that every police officer has when he steps into an interrogation room is to get out a confession from a supposed killer. However, most criminal investigations are not easy, and most criminals do not confess even if they are guilty.

Moral Panic

When public fears overcome the objective threat presented to the people, a term called moral panic can be used to describe it. The said threat usually takes form in a specific person or a particular group of people who are eliciting these public fears. These particular group of people are called “folk devils”. The “folk devils” are often the outgroups new to society which raise suspicion in people leading to over-exaggerated fear. According to Psychology Today article by Dr. Bonn, criminologist Stanley Cohen is the person who started it all. The first “folk devils” were mods and rockers in the 1960s who, then, were the outcasts of the society. Moral panic is often caused by taboo topics such as child abuse, juvenile gangs, and school violence.