Law and Crime
Inside Law and Crime
The average person may ask: Why would anyone even want to commit a crime? This question is at the root of psychology and crime. Criminal psychology is a study of intentions and behavior. Legal practitioners require a grasp of human motivation at its most basic and most debased in order to render fair judgment. Forensic psychologists as well as psychiatrists are often called upon to help clinically evaluate the mental states of people who cross the law. They are also, of course, concerned with the possibility of an alleged offender committing additional crimes, as well as ascertaining what disorder, if any, the offender may be suffering from. Psychologists and psychiatrists are also needed in the rehabilitation of offenders, assessing what type of treatment might be recommended. Many psychologists in this field help research a case, or act as advisors and consultants to law enforcement. You will find forensic psychologists in the wings of any number of high-profile murders and other misdeeds.