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Nonfiction: Psychology / Science
Unabridged   10 hour(s)
Publication date: 06/16/2015


The New Science of Criminal Injustice

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Audio CD ISBN:9781622319497
Digital Download ISBN:9781622319503


Our nation is founded on the notion that the law is impartial, that legal cases are won or lost on the basis of evidence, careful reasoning and nuanced argument. But they may, in fact, turn on the camera angle of a defendants taped confession, the number of photos in a mug shot book, or a simple word choice during a cross-examination. In UNFAIR, law professor Adam Benforado shines a light on this troubling new research, showing, for example, that people with certain facial features receive longer sentences and that judges are far more likely to grant parole first thing in the morning. In fact, over the last two decades, psychologists and neuroscientists have uncovered many cognitive forces that operate beyond our conscious awarenessand Benforado argues that until we address these hidden biases head-on, the social inequality we see now will only widen, as powerful players and institutions find ways to exploit the weaknesses in our legal system.

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Weaving together historical examples, scientific studies, and compelling court casesfrom the border collie put on trial in Kentucky to the five teenagers who falsely confessed in the Central Park Jogger caseBenforado shows how our judicial processes fail to uphold our values and protect societys weakest members. With clarity and passion, he lays out the scope of the problem and proposes a wealth of reforms that could prevent injustice and help us achieve true fairness and equality before the law.


"As gripping as a Grisham novel, only it isnt fiction. With captivating ease and razor-sharp science, Adam Benforado puts the justice system on trial and makes a bulletproof argument that its fundamentally broken. This extraordinary book is a must-read for every judge, lawyer, detective, and concerned citizen in America." Adam Grant, Wharton professor and New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take "Systems of justice are built by human brains. As such, they're subject to all the foibles of human psychology, from biased decision-making to xenophobia to false memories. With the eye of a scholar and the ear of a storyteller, Benforado marshals the burgeoning research to illuminate the nexus between law and the mind sciences. --David Eagleman, PhD, Neuroscientist, Director of the Initiative on Neuroscience and Law, New York Times bestselling author of Incognito "Adam Benforados Unfair is a beautifully written book that manages to be both engrossing and importanta fascinating blend of psychological insight, legal know-how, and compelling storytelling. If youve ever wondered why the legal system doesnt work as well as it should, Benforados intelligent take on the relationship between human psychology and the law will enlighten youand leave you hopeful that were capable of doing better." --Adam Alter, New York Times bestselling author of Drunk Tank Pink: And Other Unexpected Forces that Shape How We Think, Feel, and Behave, Associate Professor of Marketing at NYU Stern School of Business, Affiliated appointment, NYU psychology department "Unfair is an incisive look at the problems that arise in the legal system because of the way people think as well as the prospects for meaningful reform. Adam Benforado has written an engaging and masterful book on one of the most important issues society has to face." --Art Markman, Professor of Psychology, University of Texas and author of Smart Thinking and Smart Change

Author Bio

Adam Benforado is an associate professor of law at Drexel University. A graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School, he served as a federal appellate law clerk and an attorney at Jenner & Block. He has published numerous scholarly articles, and his op-eds and essays have appeared in a variety of publications including the Washington Post, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and Legal Times. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife and daughter.