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The Depravity Scale is personality assessment aimed at assessing depravity - the lack of morality. It was developed by Micheal Welner.

Welner has pioneered[1][2] a multilayered effort to achieve scientific-legal standardization of evil crimes and everyday evil acts. The Depravity Scale research,[3] as it is known, is research which incorporates forensic science, law, and public input; it constitutes criminal sentencing research which incorporates public opinion.[4] Through the Depravity Scale research, Welner has used public web-based surveys to weave public consensus into an evidence-driven Depravity Standard for distinguishing heinous crimes that warrant more severe punishment from those that do not.[5][6]

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  2. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/07/22/AR2007072201247_2.html
  3. www.depravityscale.org
  4. Classifying Crimes by Severity: From Aggravators to Depravity. Welner, M. In: Douglass J, Ressler R, Burgess, A FBI Crime Classification Manual. Jossey-Bass 2007 pp 55-72. ISBN 0787938857
  5. Depravity Scale FAQ, http://depravityscale.org/depscale/faq.php
  6. The Justice and Therapeutic Promise of Science-Based Research on Criminal Evil, http://www.jaapl.org/cgi/content/full/37/4/442?maxtoshow=&HITS=10&hits=10&RESULTFORMAT=&author1=welner&searchid=1&FIRSTINDEX=0&sortspec=relevance&resourcetype=HWCIT

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