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- How to identify some of the myths about how the criminal justice system works from a psychological perspective
- The empirical evidence that can inform our understanding of criminal justice
- How to improve how justice is administered
A murder has been committed. In this episode, find out about criminal profiling and how this might be used in investigating the crime. EPISODE 2:
INTERVIEWING THE WITNESSES
How reliable are eyewitnesses, and how can their memory of the crime be distorted? Learn about the encoding, storage and retrieval of eyewitness memories and ways these can be improved.
EPISODE 3: IDENTIFYING THE SUSPECT
Photofits and line-ups are commonly used during crime investigations, and in this episode you will learn about how biases related to these can be recognized and reduced.
EPISODE 4: QUESTIONING THE SUSPECT
How reliable are confessions? Can you identify when someone is lying? In this episode the investigators question the suspect and try to work out who is the guilty party.
EPISODE 5: GETTING READY FOR TRIAL
The investigators think they have identified the murderer. Who decides whether someone is found guilty or not guilty? Does jury selection work? What part might media coverage play in how the case trial progresses?
EPISODE 6: THE TRIAL (PART 1)
The jury has been selected and the trial commences. In this episode the evidence is presented and we hear about expert evidence and its reliability.
EPISODE 7: THE TRIAL (PART 2)
The jury need to make a decision on the case. You will learn about judicial instructions and how juries deliberate.
EPISODE 8: EPILOGUE
Did the investigators get the right person? Find out how it all ends in this final episode.
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