Can Science and Medicine Help Prevent Violent Crime?
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Can Science and Medicine Help Prevent Violent Crime?

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President Obama and Congress are looking for ways that mental health agencies to share information so law enforcement can take action. Is the next step preventive detention for people who’ve never committed crimes? Is prediction possible—or is there no choice but to wait for violence to happen?

 

Making News

House Changes Debt Ceiling Strategy ()

At a House Caucus retreat in Virginia, Majority Leader Eric Cantor said today that Republicans will vote next week to raise the debt ceiling—but only ‘til April—delaying, but not resolving, the anticipated showdown over spending cuts with President Obama.  

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Main Topic

Crime Prediction… and its Unintended Consequences… ()

The latest mass killing has renewed multiple controversies about mobilizing science and medicine to prevent violent crime.  With a big push from Governor Cuomo, the New York State Legislature passed a law this week requiring psychotherapists to report any client thought “likely to engage” in violent behavior. The police would then confiscate any weapons that person might have. That has produced a backlash from some practitioners. President Obama and Congress are looking for ways that mental health agencies to share information so law enforcement can take action. Is the next step preventive detention for people who’ve never committed crimes? Is prediction possible—or is there no choice but to wait for violence to happen?

Guests:
  • Paul Appelbaum: Professor of Psychiatry, Medicine & Law with the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University
  • Brian Stettin: Policy Director, Treatment Advocacy Center
  • Stephen Morse: Professor of Law and psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is Associate Director of the Center for Neuroscience & Society
  • Kent Kiehl: Associate professor of psychology and neuroscience at the University of New Mexico, where he specializes in brain image research and treatment of patients with severe mental illness

Reporter's Notebook

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Guests:
  • Susan Crawford: Professor at the Cardozo School of Law in New York. She served in the Obama administration as a technology adviser. Author of Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age.,

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