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Published on Mar 5, 2014
This feature-length documentary will examine the difficult questions recent advances in neuroscience raise about crime, punishment, and the foundation on which the American criminal justice system is built. Central to American society's understanding of justice and the rule of law is the belief that almost all individuals possess the same decision-making capabilities and capacity for self-control.
Neuroscience, however, is beginning to show that a "one size fits all" judicial system fails to appreciate the complex nature of the human mind as well as the fact that individuals consistently exhibit different capacities for self-control and culpability. Whether because of a brain tumor, traumatic brain injury, or a neurological condition present at birth, neuroscience is increasingly revealing that much of human behavior might be based on the biological and chemical make-up of the brain.
This documentary will examine the implications of current findings in neuroscience on the administration of criminal justice and explore whether new research and discoveries in neuroscience will significantly impact or alter rehabilitation programs, sentencing guidelines, and even preemptive incarceration for individuals the state deems a threat to society.