More than a feeling: integrating empathy into the study of lawmaking, lawbreaking, and reactions to lawbreaking.

Empathy is related, directly or indirectly, to important elements in criminology such as the enactment of harsh penalties for repeat offenders, antisocial behavior, feelings of legitimacy toward the law, and attitudes toward the death penalty. Although empathy is beginning to find its way into criminological discourse, it is still not well understood nor… CONTINUE READING