President Obama charged the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues to identify a set of core ethical standards in the neuroscience domain, including the appropriate use of neuroscience in the criminal-justice system. The Commission, in turn, called for comments and recommendations. The MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience submitted a consensus statement, published here, containing 16 specific recommendations. These are organized within three main themes: 1) what steps should be taken to enhance the capacity of the criminal justice system to make sound decisions regarding the admissibility and weight of neuroscientific evidence?; 2) to what extent can the capacity of neurotechnologies to aid in the administration of criminal justice be enhanced through research?; and 3) in what additional ways might important ethical issues at the intersection of neuroscience and criminal justice be addressed?
Jones, Owen D.; Bonnie, Richard J.; Casey, B. J.; Davis, Andre; Faigman, David L.; Hoffman, Morris; Montague, Read; Morse, Stephen J.; Raichle, Marcus E.; Richeson, Jennifer A.; Scott, Elizabeth; Steinberg, Laurence; Taylor-Thompson, Kim; Wagner, Anthony; and Yaffe, Gideon, "Law and Neuroscience: Recommendations Submitted to the President's Bioethics Commission" (2014). Faculty Scholarship at Penn Law. 1439.
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