Criminalistics

Criminal psychology which is also referred as criminological psychology is the study of the wills, thoughts, intentions and reactions of criminals, all that partakes in the criminal behavior. It is related to what makes someone commit a crime, but also the reactions after the crime, on the run or in court. Criminal psychologists are often called up as witnesses in court cases to help the jury understand the mind of the criminal. Some types of Psychiatry also deal with aspects of criminal behavior. Psychiatrists and psychologists are licensed professionals that can assess both mental and physical states. If an offender is competent to stand trial; whether or not an offender was sane/insane at the time of the offense. The question of competency to stand trial is a question of an offender’s current state of mind. This assesses the offender’s ability to understand the charges against them, the possible outcomes of being convicted/acquitted of these charges and their ability to assist their attorney with their defense. The question of sanity/insanity or criminal responsibility is an assessment of the offenders state of mind at the time of the crime. 

Legal psychology is one of a number of disciplines that applies the psychological insights of human behavior to matters regarding the law. Developmental psychology, community psychology, social psychology, and cognitive psychology are all subspecialties within the realm of psychology and the law. However, likely the closest field of work to legal psychology is forensic psychology. This is the case because legal and forensic psychology share a number of characteristics, not the least of which are similar job duties in similar work settings..

  • Forensic psychology criminal profiling
  • Criminal justice for forensic psychology
  • Criminal psychologists insights
  • Relationship of law, psychology and crime
  • Law and human behavior
  • Psychopathy and recidivism
  • Psychology of interrogations, confessions and testimony
  • Legal regulation of psychology

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