The number of neurolaw cases rose from 100 to 250 a year over the eight-year survey. In 2005, neuroscience appeared in 30 felony cases that did not involve homicide. That number rose to more than 100 in 2012.
It is always hard to predict things, especially the future
Nobody knows , says Lubarsky. “We’ve turned this into a circus of experimenting on prisoners,” he says. “The state is playing doctor without any regard for efficacy.”
Let’s face it: the stereotypical specimen is a young white male with thick glasses, strong opinions about operating systems and a collection of Star Wars figurines. If that’s what we immediately associate with science – whether or not it’s an accurate portrayal of actual scientists – then coolifying nerdiness might be attractive for those who fit the mold, but could inadvertently steer away from science those who don’t.
Might a more inclusive portrayal of science – one that includes a few well-dressed and socially astute women, for example – draw more people to science than a “coolified” depiction of stereotypical nerdiness? It might. (via npr)
"Hey kids, science is neat, no matter what you look like or whatever rad hobbies you have," says funny lookin, tattooed, whiskey drinking, leather jacket wearing, lady neuroscientist who’s reportedly happy to be uncool.
Hey jerks, the average annual cost per inmate in New York City was $167,731 last year.
Not only is that more expensive than a Harvard education, that number is for each of the nearly 12,287 accused detained on any given day, dwarfing the cost of California’s daily bill. Oh sure, that covers operational costs, staff, benefits, pensions, law suits, etc. Meanwhile, another rather large chuck of money goes out another window. A navy blue school bus sized tinted window:
The department [DOC] says it spends $30.3 million annually alone on transportation costs, running three bus services that usher inmates to and from court throughout the five boroughs, staff from a central parking lot to Rikers jails and visitors to and around the island. via
Anyone care enough to figure that one out? Oh, former corrections commissioner Martin Horn did. He suggested that we could just put smaller jails/detainment centers next to the courts, save a ton, but no one really cares to that absurd degree, do they? To have accused and small time offenders escorted by correction officers, from a jail to the court near by. We inform ourselves just enough to complain with a nervous side eye to how the “bad part” is creeping closer to our love seat while being evidently content blaming a collection of bureaucratic agencies who’s long running track record with communication and math, mixed with an impossible to navigate, archaic intake/processing system, can suggests not much more than a strong achievement in spanking us giddy then patting us on the head. But why turn over, this rock doesn’t seem to bother my back at all anymore.
Rather than looking at drug addiction as a scientific and medical phenomenon, many still cast the issue in moral terms. It is perhaps not surprising that the criminal justice system has generally used retributive justice to deal with addicts, much like it traditionally did the mentally ill. The retributive stance generally extols “just deserts” and diminishes rehabilitative attempts, even when rehabilitation is guided firmly by physiological understandings of the underlying pathologies.
A paper from my lab director. You’d be amazed at the millions of points of drug crime data we have so far…some make sense…some counterintuitive…which is why it’s imperative to get this out to policy makers. Today, a high court admin reached out to me excited to see our results since they are 9 million dollars over budget. It all ties in.