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What is the Depravity Scale Research?
Judges and juries both across the United States and in other countries
who decide that a crime is "depraved," "heinous," or "horrible" can assign more severe sentences.
Yet there is no standardized definition for such dramatic words that courts already use. And while we may all recognize that
some crimes truly separate themselves from others, there is no standard, fair way to distinguish crimes that are the worst
of the worst, or "evil."
To minimize the arbitrariness of how courts determine the worst of crimes, and to
eliminate bias in sentencing, the Depravity Scale research aims to establish societal standards of what makes a crime
depraved, and to develop a standardized instrument based on specific characteristics of a crime that must be proven
in order to merit more severe sentences.
Now, you can have a say in the criminal sentences
of tomorrow. Please do. It only takes about 15 minutes to complete. No matter who you are, where you're
from, or what your personal and professional experiences are, your opinion counts in this international study to help distinguish
what we all can agree on are the worst of the worst crimes.