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Human Rights and Forensic Psychology

NCJ Number
Legal and Criminological Psychology Volume: 13 Issue: Part 2 Dated: September 2008 Pages: 209-218
Tony Ward
Date Published
September 2008
10 pages
This article outlines a special section on human rights issues as related to the practice of forensic psychology.
This article briefly outlines the three articles comprising this special section of Legal and Criminological Psychology on human rights that addresses issues of risk, therapeutic jurisprudence, and the rights of detained persons. It is noted that human rights serve to orient practitioners to the necessary conditions for a minimally worthwhile life for service users, the prerequisites for a life of dignity and a chance at happiness, and the opportunity to incorporate into their life plans cherished values and goals. In an introduction to the special section paper, the basic concept of human rights is discussed and their relevance outlined for clinical practice with offenders. This background discussion includes information on the nature of human rights; definition of rights; definition of human rights; values underlying human rights; and justification of human rights. Additionally, the core values associated with human rights are explored and it is suggested that one of their primary functions is to protect the internal and external conditions of individuals' agency and their pursuit of better lives. References