The Intersections Of Law And Psychology Essay

2141 Words Apr 28th, 2016 9 Pages
Final Paper The intersections of Law and Psychology are contingent on the methods and instruments used to exercise and understand the fields. Crime causation, risk factors, research methods, and legal and non-legal actors all play a key role in the success or failure of the legal systems. Through the use of Bruce Sales’ and Daniel Krauss’ book, “The Psychology of Law,” and classroom lecture by Professor Weiner, I have furthered my understanding of these critical components that affect outcomes of cases in the legal field.
Crime Causation Although finding one single cause of crime may be attractive to legal actors and legal systems, there is none. There are multiple factors that are responsible for criminal conduct, some of which we may find, others that remain unknown. Perspectives about crime causation change when more knowledge becomes available, so one of the issues that faces the law is the lagging of laws that resonate with new knowledge. Since there are various ways of understanding crime causation, no single factor could be identified as the cause of criminal conduct. Protecting the public is one of the roles law has, so there is a push for understanding crime causation because crime hurts the public- physically, emotionally, and psychologically. One important distinction to make is that causation does not equal correlation. “When scientists can describe a behavior or phenomenon and explain what causes it, they often ask if their scientific explanations are…

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