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Do Our Perceptions Affect Our Decision Making In Legal Contexts?, Scott Benedict Jan 2015

Do Our Perceptions Affect Our Decision Making In Legal Contexts?, Scott Benedict

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Previous research has established that community interaction with the mentally ill, public education on the subject, and social integration all lead to a significantly more positive prognosis for sufferers of mental illness (Trute & Loewen, 1978), especially in ensuring less-frequent interaction with the legal system. Research has also shown however, that the misinformed and uneducated are more punitive and less empathetic (Shaw & Woodworth, 2013). The large representation of the mentally ill in the prison system necessitates revisions of policies regarding the handling of mental illness in social and community immersion, public education and legal contexts. The present study was designed to ...