Based upon the popular, but largely incorrect, belief that sex offenders have an abnormally high risk of recidivism, sex offenders represent an ideal population to target for preventive detention. (…)
These particular myths of extremely high recidivism rates and “stranger danger” have largely served to support various
restrictions on sex offenders as well as substantiate court opinions
upholding those restrictions.
The more emotionally charged legislature based on inaccurate public perception & resulting panic happens…the more it stays the same: Jury Clears Pataki Over Post-Prison Detention of Sex Offenders.
Research into the neural workings of the human brain—with the aid of sophisticated brain-imaging techniques such as fMRI—will, some predict, probably completely change nearly every area of law. Some believe that, in time, neuroscience will dominate the entire legal system (…) Indeed, one would be hard pressed to think of a single legal issue not potentially affected by the claims made on behalf of the influence of neuroscience on law.
Neurolaw conference announcement: Guess where I’ll be on Sept. 7th & 8th?
At Rutgers School of Law-Camden. The line up: Debra Denno, Adam Kolber, John Mikhail, Michael Moore, Stephen Morse, Michael Pardo, Frederick Schauer and Nicole Vincent. If you’ve been around for a minute, these names should look very familiar. And exciting.