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Genetics, Crime and Justice (Hardcover) (Debra Wilson)

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Focusing much of the book on the subject of the MAOA or ‘criminal gene,’ Wilson aims to provide the basis for a much-needed discussion on the increasing use of genetic information during police investigations and criminal proceedings by considering how judges and juries have responded to legal arguments based on this emerging scientific understanding. Taking a broad approach, she considers the potential impact these genetic arguments might have on the criminal justice system as a whole, including its theoretical concepts of punishment theory and sentencing, and how genetics arguments might affect these. Finally, she looks to the future and identifies some potentially problematic or challenging consequences of accepting the genetics arguments. With the move to a universal DNA database, she cites the erosion of the rights of not only the convicted criminal but even those merely arrested or in the wrong place at the wrong time, the replacement of rehabilitation by incapacitation for the protection of society, and the idea of testing individuals for MAOA status as hinting at judging a person by his or her genes. Annotation ©2015 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Number of Pages: 260
Genre: Freedom + Security / Law Enforcement, Medical
Sub-Genre: Medical Law + Legislation, Ethics, Criminal Law / General
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Edward Elgar Pub
Author: Debra Wilson
Language: English
Street Date: October 28, 2015
TCIN: 50374681
UPC: 9781783478811
Item Number (DPCI): 248-06-4456
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