Friday, November 09, 2007

Around the Blogs, Friday, November 9, 2007

  • Corey Rayburn Yung has created some cool new digs for his Sex Crimes Blog. Same great material and links. I liked the green, but blue’s cool, too. Shows he’s not just sitting back in all the fame and glory coming his way and letting things settle. Go check him out.
  • And speaking of new stuff, Pam Clifton at Think Outside the Cage has a series of posts up on some great new resources on reentry and helping parolees get started well and on women inmate health care that you should also check out.
  • At Crime and Consequences, Stephen Erickson has a call out for papers for a special journal issue he’s co-editing on “The Neuroscience of Decision Making and the Law.” If you know people working on this, please let them know. CandC is a prosecutor-oriented blog that takes the possibilities, good and bad, of the development of neuroscience and TECHNOCORRECTIONS seriously and understands why and how it’s important that we not leave all that development solely to the guys in the white lab coats.
  • While on TECHNO, the Situationist has a nice post on how much of what we do is handled by the unconscious parts of our brains. As they say, “A lot has been learned about how what we think we know about what moves us is wrong. And much has also been learned about how what we don’t know we know can influence us.” Which portends new perspectives on both the motives we claim at trial and pleadings for criminal behavior and on how fMRIs will be able to light up those “unconscious” areas and provide profiles of brains in certain states, making them more applicable to determining those motives at trials and pleadings. The work on this is just starting, but posts like this will help you be on the cutting edge, which we know is exactly where you want to be.
  • On the heels of the great work Anne Reed has done at Deliberations (here, for example) detailing the Internet social networking sites and why knowledge of them is vital for attorneys these days, especially those empanelling juries, comes Matthew Bowen at Prevention Works with a great post on the possibilities of using those social network sites for his mission in life, preventing crime. He poses some intriguing questions about the potential and our ability to promote greater prevention activity through this still evolving technology. There’s a reason both of those blogs have gotten “Thinking Bloggers” awards.

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