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Trying for Equality: An Analysis of Differential Approaches to Sentencing Offenders with Psychopathy and FASD

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Psychopaths have neurobiological irregularities which are manifested by learning and fear processing deficits and neurotransmitter abnormalities. These irregularities influence the behaviours of psychopaths and help explain their propensity to engage in antisocial behaviour. It is argued that these factors should mitigate criminal responsibility for the actions of psychopathic offenders. An analysis of sentencing hearings for offenders with psychopathy and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in British Columbia, Ontario, and Nova Scotia is presented to illustrate that psychopathy is often perceived as an aggravating factor, while this is not the case for FASD, which shares some common traits with psychopathy. This indicates a lack of internal consistency in the sentencing of offenders with neurobiological impairments. In an attempt to rectify this problem, potential sentencing alternatives are discussed, focusing on alternatives that would safeguard the public from dangerous psychopaths, while also protecting the rights of psychopathic offenders as individuals with neurobiological dysfunctions.
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Freedman, Lauren. "Trying for Equality: An Analysis of Differential Approaches to Sentencing Offenders with Psychopathy and FASD" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, St. Louis Adam's Mark, St. Louis, Missouri, Nov 12, 2008 <Not Available>. 2014-11-30 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p270202_index.html>

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Freedman, L. , 2008-11-12 "Trying for Equality: An Analysis of Differential Approaches to Sentencing Offenders with Psychopathy and FASD" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, St. Louis Adam's Mark, St. Louis, Missouri <Not Available>. 2014-11-30 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p270202_index.html

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Abstract: Psychopaths have neurobiological irregularities which are manifested by learning and fear processing deficits and neurotransmitter abnormalities. These irregularities influence the behaviours of psychopaths and help explain their propensity to engage in antisocial behaviour. It is argued that these factors should mitigate criminal responsibility for the actions of psychopathic offenders. An analysis of sentencing hearings for offenders with psychopathy and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in British Columbia, Ontario, and Nova Scotia is presented to illustrate that psychopathy is often perceived as an aggravating factor, while this is not the case for FASD, which shares some common traits with psychopathy. This indicates a lack of internal consistency in the sentencing of offenders with neurobiological impairments. In an attempt to rectify this problem, potential sentencing alternatives are discussed, focusing on alternatives that would safeguard the public from dangerous psychopaths, while also protecting the rights of psychopathic offenders as individuals with neurobiological dysfunctions.


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