Well, look at that! I just might have to go out and buy a lottery ticket. One of the things that I didn’t go more deeply into is that “the Reid method” currently used by most US police departments does tend to be predicated on the notion that the police can reliably figure out who is guilty and then kind of trap them into confessing. Biases and preconceived notions can interfere with clean critical analysis of observed responses.

For example, police departments who don’t understand the neuroscience of trauma might dismiss the behavior of victims as being inconsistent with what they’d expect from other complainants.

Better training as well as utilitization of an interrogation methodolgy that actually seeks to get to the truth rather than to elicit a confession, as in the UK, will go a long way towards ensuring better police work. We can both agree on that!

Although “innocent until proven guilty” does actual only apply to who has the burden of proof at trial. When we have probable cause to suspect someone, we are not called up to presume that they are innocent and this is born out by the Reid method currently employed by American law enforcement.

Also, I didn’t address it earlier, because there were so many other things to say, but I do recognize that only a small percentage of all types of crimes ever result in actual arrest or trial. But amongst all crimes, rape is still the one with by far the lowest rate of arrest, prosecution and incarceration. Cultural bias does play a large part in that.

For example, we didn’t have comprehensive marital rape laws in the US until 1993. Until then a husband could force himself on his wife and it wasn’t a criminal act. The vestiges of that kind of a society are still in play, even though that law is changed. The movies of the 1980s like Porkys and Animal House glorified rape culture. Things are slowly shifting but then you get Brock Turner, a man who was observed by two witnesses and yet only spent 3 months in jail because the judge didn’t want to “ruin his life.” The ruined life of the woman he raped was apparently never considered.

Dispelling cultural myths with research-driven stories. My favorite word is “specious.” Not fragile like a flower; fragile like a bomb! Twitter @ElleBeau

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