Brains on Trial with Alan Alda, Part 2

Brains on Trial with Alan Alda, Part 2

Wednesday, September 18 at 10:00 p.m.

Alan Alda discovers how neuroscience is influencing the sentencing of defendants — especially young defendants.

In the conclusion of "Brains on Trial," 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 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.