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Mental Impairment, Moral Understanding and Criminal Responsibility: Psychopathy and the Purposes of Punishment

Fine, Cordelia; Kennett, Jeanette

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We have argued here that to attribute criminal responsibility to psychopathic individuals is to ignore substantial and growing evidence that psychopathic individuals are significantly impaired in moral understanding. They do not appear to know why moral transgressions are wrong in the full sense required by the law. As morally blameless offenders, punishment as a basis for detention cannot be justified. Moreover, as there are currently no successful treatment programs for psychopathy, nor can...[Show more]

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Date published: 2004
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/78023
Source: International Journal of Law and Psychiatry
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijlp.2004.06.005

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