Do criminal penalties have any deterrent effect on drug addicts – people who already are willing to throw away their jobs, relationships, or even lives for their “fix”? What does brain science tell us about addicts’ capacities to exert self control and to be held criminally responsible?
On Wednesday, March 4, 2015, a leading neuroscientist of addiction, Joshua Buckholtz, a criminal law scholar, Amanda Pustilnik, and a former judge, Hon. Nancy Gertner, discussed whether the law should reconsider aspects of responsibility and punishment in light of new science about self-control.
The event was held from 12-1pm at Wasserstein Hall at Harvard Law School. Continue reading »