Using Forensic Psychology in Assessing a Criminal Offender
Forensic Psychologists often assess offenders to determine whether they’re fit to plead their case in court, or are likely to be violent in the future. There are a number of important issues to be considered in this assessment and these are outlined here:
Any history of abuse?
Offender ever removed from family?
Any criminal close relatives?
Amount and variety of criminal convictions?
Types of victims? (Particularly their age and gender)
Achievements at school? (Or lack of them)
Age left school?
Literacy skill level?
Numeracy skill level?
Opinions about crime and criminality?
Justifications of his or her offences?
Any processes of denial or minimisation?
General intelligence level?
Any indications of mental illness?
Any indication of personality disorder?
History of intimate relationships?
Current intimate relationships?