PART 1 Psychopathy refers to people who have brain abnormalities severely limiting their ability to feel shame, guilt, empathy, or other emotions which constrain most people from engaging in serious deviance or crime. They are often identifiable by their persistent dishonesty, audacious risk taking, superficial charm and language, persistent predatory behavior, and promiscuity. In short, they pursue pleasure and power boldly without any internal constraints.
Should a serious offender identified as a psychopath be sentenced differently than an offender committing the same crime but who does not have this disorder? Explain your answer… you should consider including in your response, terms such as the insanity plea; not guilty by reason of insanity; etc.
According to valid emerging research, psychopathy may have genetic correlates, or may be related to brain structure and/or function. If this is true, what would be the implications for dealing with (i.e., punishing) psychopaths? Would punishment be an appropriate response? If not, what would be appropriate?
PART 2 Discuss the psycho-social context of terrorism, explaining which factors and circumstances encourage terrorism to develop? List and describe the various motives and justifications that are characteristic of terrorists, providing examples of each. Be sure to comment, as well, on the following: Is terrorism still a useful analytical term or should it be abandoned? Is terrorism the result of root causes such as poverty and exclusion?