Criminal profiling Research Paper by Nicky

Criminal profiling
A look at the background of criminal profiling and what is permissible in today's society.
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Criminal profiling is based on the notion that criminality is a form of behavior that can be predicted based on knowledge of the perpetrator's personality and personal characteristics. This paper looks at how during the last two decades of the 20th century, the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) made extensive use of criminal psychological profiling in identifying perpetrators of specific crimes, such as arson, violent sex offenses, and serial criminals. The paper discusses how criminal profiling has also been used by police for purposes that violate the Equal Protection and Due Process clauses of the U.S. Constitution and discusses what forms of profiling are and are not acceptable today. The paper also examines the use of criminal profiling in the age of international terrorism.

Background and History of Criminal Profiling
Permissible Forms of Criminal Profiling
Impermissible Forms of Criminal Profiling
Criminal Profiling in the Age of International Terrorism

From the Paper:

"Finally, the post 9/11 era of American law enforcement has renewed interest in racial and ethnic profiling, arising from the fact that the predominant source of terrorist threats against U.S. interests, both abroad and on American soil, are inspired by Islamic extremism and perpetrated by members of Muslim cultures. This may prove to be the most difficult aspect of modern criteria for distinguishing between legitimate and constitutionally impermissible use of criminal profiling because while terrorist efforts indeed reflect an Islamic origin, law forcement practices intended to identify terrorists could easily deprive ordinary law-abiding American citizens of their fundamental rights, merely by virtue of their shared ethnic background with Muslim terrorists (Dershowitz, 2002)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Dershowitz, A. (2002) Shouting Fire: Civil Liberties in a Turbulent Age. New York: Little Brown & Co.
  • Peak, K. (2002) Policing America: Methods, Issues, Challenges (Third Edition). New Jersey: Prentice Hall.
  • Schmalleger, F. (2007). Criminal Justice Today: An Introductory Text for the 21st Century. Hoboken, NJ: Prentice Hall
  • U.S. Institute of Justice and Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (1999) Police-Public Contact Survey; Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences; Mar 2004
  • Zalman, M. (2008). Criminal Procedure: Constitution and Society, Fifth Edition. Princeton, NJ: Pearson.

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