NPR recently aired a two-part series about the Psychopathy Checklist-Revised (PCL-R), the test created by Dr. Robert Hare to measure a person’s degree of psychopathy. It was designed to predict a prisoner’s rate of recidivism, and many, many studies have demonstrated that it does exactly that.
Part One discusses the case of Robert Dixon Jr., a California inmate who was determined to be a psychopath, and consequently is unlikely to be released, even though he feels like he is reformed. Part Two features an interview with Dr. Hare, in which he says that the worries that the PCL-R is being misused.
Listen to the stories on NPR.org:
Here’s an online debate about the stories:
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UPDATE: More NPR discussion of the PCL-R, with NPR staff taking the test. This segment repeats some of the stories aired previously.
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