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Top 10 Must See TED Talks on the Criminal Justice System

Below, we have compiled a list of the top 10 criminal justice TED talks where many veteran criminal justice professionals share their experiences through a series of videos. There is a lot of good information in these videos about a bunch of different criminal justice topics. You can see the many different directions you could choose to go.

“We need to talk about an injustice…”

Bryan Stevenson, a human rights attorney, talks about injustices in the criminal justice system.

“Lessons From Death Row Inmates”

David Dow, a defense attorney and professor of law,  talks about his experiences with death row inmates and what he has learned.

“Philosophy in Prison”

Damon Horowitz, a professor of philosophy, speaks about the value of educating inmates.

“The Psychology of Evil”

Philip Zimbardo, a psychologist and Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Stanford University, presents an in-depth look at the psychology of evil and how “normal” people have the potential to do bad.

“A Vision of Crimes in the Future”

Marc Goodman, a future crimes consultant for several governments around the world, gives his insights into what the future of crime may hold.

“Three Types of Online Attacks”

Mikko Hypponen, a leading cybersecurity expert, covers three different types of online attacks, and how we can be prepared for them. He also discusses the responsibility of both private citizens and the government in preventing them.

“Global Crime Networks”

Misha Glenny, a journalist who focuses on international organized crime rings, provides us with an in-depth look at organized crime.

“A New Way to Fight Corruption”

Shaffi Mather, who is a lawyer, public policy analyst and social entrepreneur, takes us through some new ideas ways to fight corruption.

“Seeing Mental Illness”

Elyn Saks, an expert in mental health law, speaks to us about mental illness and society’s treatment of those with mental illness.

“The Problem With Eyewitness Testimony”

Scott Fraser, a forensic psychologist who specializes in human memory, discusses eyewitness accountability and accuracy, and the effect of psychological matters and brain recollection on witness accuracy.


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