Brain scans may identify prison inmates likely to reoffend... Future Pre-Crime tool.Submitted by Repo Our Republic on Tue, 07/16/2013 - 02:30
Kent Kiehl compared 96 inmates whose brains had been monitored while they performed a test that measures impulsiveness, he discovered a stark contrast: Those with low ACC activity were about twice as likely to commit crimes within four years of being released as those with high ACC (anterior cingulate cortex) activity.
"We cannot say with certainty that all who are in the high-risk category will reoffend — just that most will," Kiehl says. "It has very big implications for how we think about treatment and rehabilitation."
But with further refinement, he says, brain imaging might one day be considered in civil commitment proceedings, where convicted sexual offenders can be held indefinitely if it is believed they have a propensity to reoffend.