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1 - A Modern Approach to the Psychology of Legal Decision-Making

from Part I - Introduction Chapters

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  22 February 2024

Monica K. Miller
Affiliation:
University of Nevada, Reno
Logan A. Yelderman
Affiliation:
Prairie View A & M University, Texas
Matthew T. Huss
Affiliation:
Creighton University, Omaha
Jason A. Cantone
Affiliation:
George Mason University, Virginia
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Summary

Decisions made within the legal and criminal justice systems are often consequential, shaping the lives of individual people and providing a foundation by which people perceive, interpret, and understand justice. These decisions are made by individual people (e.g., judges, case workers, and attorneys) and collectives (e.g., juries, legislatures, and parole boards), and often have far-reaching implications. Together, they create a historical backdrop to how society views and comprehends current legal decision-making. This book provides a comprehensive understanding and detailed synthesis of legal decision-making research, examining theories and decision models and discussing applications to law, policy, and practice from a psychological perspective.

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Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2024

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Galanter, M. (2004). The Vanishing trial: An examination of trials and related matters in Federal and State courts. Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, 1(3), 459570.Google Scholar
United States Sentencing Commission. (2017). 2017 Sourcebook of Federal sentencing statistics. The Commission.Google Scholar

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