20 Pages Posted: 9 May 2007
This Article provides an introduction to some of the key issues at the intersection of behavioral genetics and crime.
It provides, among other things, an overview of the emerging points of consensus, scientifically, on what behavioral genetics can and cannot tell us about criminal behavior. It also discusses a variety of important implications (as well as complexities) of attempting to use insights of behavioral genetics in legal contexts.
Keywords: genetics, behavioral genetics, DNA, neuroscience, law, crime, behavior, biology, evolution, violence, Landrigan, free will, responsibility, behavioral biology, parity principle, behavioral ecology, predispositions
JEL Classification: K00, K14, K42, K40
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Jones, Owen D., Behavioral Genetics and Crime, in Context. Law and Contemporary Problems, Vol. 69, pp. 81-100, 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=984985