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The speed of technology in neuroscience as it impacts ethical and just decisions in the legal system needs to be understood by lawyers, judges, public policy makers, and the general public. The Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Law, Brain, and Behavior is an academic and professional resource for the education, research, and understanding of neuroscience and the law. Read more

WATCH — Half a Life

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Youth convicted of murder ordinarily serve decades in prison before they complete a sentence or are paroled. At the time of release, many of them have spent at least half of their entire life and all of their adulthood incarcerated with adults in prisons.  What are the outcomes for these youth when released in adulthood?  Do they commit crimes in their communities or perhaps kill again? What lessons for law, correctional practice and public policy can be drawn from their outcomes?  This event continues the discussion that began with the April 2016 event “Boys to Men to Boys.”  The presenters will make the first presentation of their original research findings on outcomes of youth convicted of murder and examine other behavioral science and neurodevelopmental research to frame a conversation about whether or how current law, policy, and practice might be informed by the lives these men lead upon release.

This event will take place on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 12:00 pm in Austin Hall, North Classroom (100), Harvard Law School.

Panelists:

  • Robert Kinscherff, PhD, JD, Senior Fellow in Law and Applied Neuroscience, Center for Law, Brain & Behavior at Massachusetts General Hospital and Petrie-Flom Center; Associate Vice President for Community Engagement and Teaching Faculty in the Doctoral Clinical Psychology Program and for the Doctoral School Psychology Program, William James College; Faculty at the Center for Law, Brain and Behavior; and Senior Associate for the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice
  • Frank DiCataldo, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology, Roger Williams University
  • Karter K. Reed, Community Activist, Advocate, Mentor, and Volunteer

Part of the Project on Law and Applied Neuroscience, a collaboration between the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Law, Brain & Behavior and the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School.

Watch video of the entire event below!