Discussion

According to Chapter Three of the book, psychopaths are not amenable to treatment “because they do not believe they need it, and if subjected to treatment, they will simply add that information to their arsenal of psychological tools they can later use to control others” (p. 98). Assuming this is true, what should prison officials do with individuals who are suspected of being psychopaths? If there are rehabilitation programs/anger management programs in a prison facility, should some individuals be excluded from these programs, if they are suspected of being psychopaths? Also, who should ultimately be the final arbitrator to decide whether or not any given incarcerated person is a psychopath? What factors should officials use to assess whether or not someone is a psychopath?