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Brain scans may identify prison inmates likely to reoffend... Future Pre-Crime tool.

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.


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Garan's picture

Possibilities Abound... Shake-n-Bake Release

Maybe the inmates could become half as likely to re-offend if they are shaken, microwaved (just a little bit) and brain scanned again until they pass.

Brain Scans. The possibilities are endless. ;(

It used to be, and I assume

It used to be, and I assume still is, the policy of various states department of corrections that if you as an inmate refuse to take the MMPI (Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory) test, you will not accrue time off for good behavior.

I can imagine the systems changing the policy so that any inmate that refuses to take a brain scan will not accrue time off for good behavior. It wouldn't surprise me if as the article suggests that the results of the test could keep you incarcerated indeffinitely.

Either 1) They'll try and pull this, it will get challenged in the courts all the way up to the supreme court, and they'll just stab us in the back, resulting in all felonies leading to 365+ days in prison could become life in prison sentences, depending on the results of the test, (sentences under 1 year are always in county jail, at least in Wa.)

Or 2) The courts will reject it, resulting in immediate civil commitment upon release from prison.

It equals the same thing: take the brain scan and risk never getting out. Maybe the judges will start mandating brainscans as part of the Judgment and Sentence.

I can imagine that too, and

I can imagine that too, and it sucks. Would it be able to get someone off who gets falsetto accused rape or murder? Will the FBI be trained to fool it, could they?