Scanning felons’ brains could help predict whether they’ll reoffend


Over five decades since A Clockwork Orange foretold a future where experimental science is used to “cure” repeat offenders, a study of 96 male felons has used brain scans to predict the likelihood of falling back into crime. While the neuroscientist who led the study, Kent Kiehl of Albuquerque’s Mind Research Network, warns that the method is still far from accurate enough to be useful in real-world assessments, Wired reports that certain individuals were found to be around twice as likely to be rearrested within four years of their release.

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