JusticeIQ BLOG

In the Closed Room

Would you confess to a crime you did not commit?

‘In the Closed Room’ is a documentary on the vital subject of false confessions.

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Coerced Confessions and the War of the Ideologies

The rivalry between the United States and China is not just a competition for economic or military supremacy, much more importantly it is a battle over ideas. The most significant of these ideas involves the question of how society ought to be fundamentally structured and to what extent the state can constrict a citizen’s liberty. It is a contest between two diametrically opposed ways of living.

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Medicine, like Law, Illustrates the Importance of Biases

Applied insights from cognitive and behavioral psychology aren’t limited to the disciplines of economics or law: those insights can also be applied to the field of medicine.

For example, a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine finds that physicians who receive free meals from pharmaceutical representatives are more likely to prescribe those drugs promoted by the companies.

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Artificial Intelligence in the Courtroom

The use of data and predictive algorithms for calculating prison sentences for convicted felons is the latest in the criminal justice system. This practice has come to public attention thanks to a man named Eric L. Loomis.

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Regulating Forensic Courtroom Testimony

It is an encouraging sign that the Department of Justice is finally starting to grasp the importance of sound science in the courtroom. On June 3rd, the department released its first set of rules regarding courtroom testimony that pertains to forensic science – particularly its reliability and the conclusions that can be drawn from it.

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The Science (or Lack Thereof) Behind Sentencing

The botched sentencing of convicted rapist Brock Allen Turner proves just how unscientific and capricious the justice system is. Mr. Turner, a 20-year old Stanford University student who was also a star swimmer, received a six-month jail sentence after being found guilty of sexual-assault-a laughable short sentence considering the nature of the crime. The sentence has provoked a public backlash against the sentencing judge – Judge Aaron Persky of Santa Clara County Superior Court.

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Discovery Games

When it comes to the government’s obligation to turn over all relevant information to the defense in the process of discovery, the question is never whether or not the prosecution leaves material out, but how much they leave out. This was demonstrated again in the recent high profile case of Freddie Gray.

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