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Death Penalty MitigationA Handbook for Mitigation Specialists, Investigators, Social Scientists, and Lawyers$
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Jose B. Ashford and Melissa Kupferberg

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780195329469

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195329469.001.0001

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Assessing Character, Criminal Propensities, and Sociocultural Deprivation

Assessing Character, Criminal Propensities, and Sociocultural Deprivation

(p.135) 7 Assessing Character, Criminal Propensities, and Sociocultural Deprivation
Death Penalty Mitigation

José B. Ashford

Melissa Kupferberg

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines character flaws and weaknesses that are due to various forms of social and cultural deprivation. The goal is to examine critically theoretical developments in the social sciences and the moral development literature with implications for understanding variations in moral character and criminal dispositions. These developments in the scientific literature are connected to common themes employed by prosecutors to aggravate a defendant's moral culpability. In addition, the contributions of the philosophical writings of Harry Frankfurt, Gary Watson, and Susan Wolf are reviewed to stimulate new ways of thinking about how to challenge notions of bad character and criminal propensities.

Keywords:   character flaws, character weakness, moral development, social deprivation, cultural deprivation, moral culpability, Harry Frankfurt, Gary Watson, Susan Wolf

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