In part two of Brains on Trial with Alan Alda, Jimmy Moran is found guilty of badly injuring a woman during a robbery. In the sentencing phase of the trial, Judge Rakoff hears arguments from the court-appointed psychiatrist, the attorneys, the victim’s husband and Jimmy himself. Meanwhile, Alan Alda discovers how neuroscience is already influencing the sentencing of defendants — especially young defendants — by revealing how the immature teenage brain is vulnerable to foolish and impulsive acts. Before Judge Rakoff pronounces Jimmy’s sentence, Alda meets a judge who has volunteered to have his own brain probed as he makes sentencing decisions.
Pictured – Alan goes with Dr. Kent Kiehl to the New Mexico Corrections Facility in Grants, NM to test a psychopath in Dr. Kiehl’s mobile fMRI unit. Kiehl has been scanning prisoners for years to better understand the brain of a psychopath and behaviors associated.