Discuss the role the psychological profile of the offender(s) and the victim(s) had on the presentation of evidence in court by the prosecution and by the defense, including the use of witnesses. (The goal is to analyze legal psychology as it is implemented in the criminal justice process as well as services provided to victims.)
Discuss the role the psychological profile of the offender(s) and victim(s) had on the trier of fact (the judge and/or the jury) and on the sentencing. (The goal is to analyze correctional psychology as it is implemented in the criminal justice process as well as services provided to victims.)
The Legal Psychology and Victimization paper
Must be three double-spaced pages in length (not including title and reference pages) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
Must include a separate title page with the following:
Title of paper
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Must use at least three scholarly sources in addition to the course texts.
Jeffrey Dahmer’s trial began on January 30, 1992. During the trial, the psychological profiles of the delinquent and the targets of crime were used in the staging of substantiation in the court by the prosecution and the defense. Additionally, it is often documented that these profiles had an impact not only on the jury but also on the sentencing. In this paper, these two fundamental issues will be outlined in depth. In doing this, the primary aim is to analyze legal and correctional psychology as they are applied in the process followed by the American criminal justice system along with the assistance offered to the victims of crime.
The application of psychological profile in the presentation of the evidence
Foremost, it is of central importance to gain an adequate understanding of what psychological profile refers to, based on the text by Bartol and Bartol (2015). According to the authors, a psychological profile outlines the potential personality, behavioral tendency, as well as motivations of a violent or aggressive criminal that is founded on data gathered from the scene of crime. Dahmer’s defense counsel indicated that their client was not sane. They indicated that the defendant’s compulsive killings had been due to a sickness he discovered and not chosen. The defense attorneys continued to clarify that the client was a desperately lonely and profoundly sick person (Barrenechea, 2017). As such, he was so out of control such that he could not conform to his nature of conduct anymore....
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