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  author={Kent A. Kiehl and Morris B Hoffman},
The manuscript surveys the history of psychopathic personality, from its origins in psychiatric folklore to its modern assessment in the forensic arena. Individuals with psychopathic personality, or psychopaths, have a disproportionate impact on the criminal justice system. Psychopaths are twenty to twenty-five times more likely than non-psychopaths to be in prison, four to eight times more likely to violently recidivate compared to non-psychopaths, and are resistant to most forms of treatment… 
Psychopathy in Adolescence
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Is There a Relationship Between Psychopathic Traits and Racism?
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