Low self-esteem and criminal behavior

In two of the video clips this module, researchers indicated that they can examine the brains of inmates and predict which ones will re-offend. They state that criminals show more activity in the area of the brain that relates to impulsive behavior. The second video describes the clock tower sniper as impulsively violent and lacking self-esteem.

Do you buy into the relationship between impulsivity, low self-esteem and criminal behavior? Are these characteristics good predictors of future offending? Should we have everyone tested and monitor those who test high for impulsivity and low self-esteem for future criminal behavior? What are your thoughts? Can we use this information to develop crime policy?

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