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(p. 97) Federal Sentencing 

(p. 97) Federal Sentencing
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(p. 97) Federal Sentencing
Author(s):

Kirk Heilbrun

, David DeMatteo

, Stephanie Brooks Holliday

, and Casey LaDuke

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780199941551.003.0006
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date: 22 January 2021

This chapter includes two case reports on federal sentencing. FMHA for federal sentencing is guided by the Federal Sentencing Guidelines Manual, discussed in detail in this chapter. However, in some cases an attorney may request a broader evaluation of factors that influence risk and treatment/rehabilitation needs generally. This kind of referral is demonstrated in the first case, whose principle emphasizes the need to describe evaluation findings in terms of their strengths and weaknesses so that they will need to change little under cross-examination. The principle associated with the second case in this chapter discusses the use of scientific reasoning in FMHA, specifically the importance of hypothesisformulation and testing, falsifiability, parsimony in interpretation, awareness of the limits on accuracy, and the applicability of nomothetic research to FMHA.

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