Neuroscience and the Future of the Insanity Defense

This article originally appeared on Inverse.By Neel V. PatelThe concept of the insanity defense dates back to ancient Greece and the Roman Empire. The idea has always been the same: Protect individuals from being held accountable for behavior they couldn’t control. Yet there have been more than a few historical and recent instances of a judge or jury issuing a controversial “by reason of…” verdict. What was intended as a human rights effort has become a last-ditch way to save killers (though it didn’t work for James Holmes).The question that hangs in the air at these sort of proceedings has always been the same: Is there a way to make determinations more scientific and less traditionally judicial?Adam Shniderman, a criminal justice researcher at Texas Christian University, has been studying the…


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