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Jeanette Kennett
Macquarie University
Cordelia Fine
University of Melbourne
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We have argued here that to attribute criminal responsibility to psychopathic individuals is to ignore substantial and growing evidence that psychopathic individuals are significantly impaired in moral understanding. They do not appear to know why moral transgressions are wrong in the full sense required by the law. As morally blameless offenders, punishment as a basis for detention cannot be justified. Moreover, as there are currently no successful treatment programs for psychopathy, nor can detention be justified on grounds of treatment. Instead, we argue detention on the grounds of self- defence, due to the severe and continuing threat posed by the psychopathic criminal.
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