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In 200 words each, read and answer question 1 and question 2
During this class you will read about several cognitive
biases which maintain prejudice: negative interpretations, discounting,
attribution errors, exaggerations, and polarization. By negative
interpretations we mean interpreting everything that minority members do as
negative (Baron & Branscombe, 2012). Since we know that this happens,
should the legal system treat jurors differently? Is there any way to protect
possibility innocent people from these biases?
As you stated, a person’s mental state of mind should be a
consideration when it comes to assessing guilt and punishment. However,
there may be cases where this may not apply. For example, people who have
committed brutal crimes while under the influence of a cult leader. In my
opinion, while it can be argued that people, such as these, were not in the
right state of mind at the time of the crime, the brutal acts they committed
still took place and they were responsible for it and therefore should be
punished accordingly. What are your thoughts on cases like this?
What would be the best way to fairly differentiate one form of mental
impairment from another as it relates to justice being served?