Religion in Criminal Justice

Religion in Criminal Justice

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Miller demonstrates how religion affects every aspect of the judicial system by focusing on religious appeals by attorneys in closing arguments of death penalty sentencing trials. She explores whether these appeals lead jurors to make legally impermissible decisions, as some courts have feared. Can religious appeals lead jurors to rely on the Bible instead of state law? Her results show that the more participants relied on Biblical authority, the more they relied on their instincts and the less they relied on evidence and judge’s instructions. Gender, devotionalism, belief in a literal Biblical interpretation, and an individual’s cognitive processing style also affected verdicts.

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To provide guidance for policy makers and judges involved in the debate over religious appeals, Miller (criminal justice and social psychology, U. of Nevada-Reno) reviews the use of religion in recent high-profile cases, summarizes how religion is used in many aspects of the course system, and presents results of two empirical research studies. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: New York : LFB Scholarly Pub., 2006
ISBN: 9781593322212
Characteristics: 1 online resource (vii, 225 pages)
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