Insanity Defense Essay by The Research Group

Insanity Defense
Historical overview, legal theory, public opinion, examples from North Carolina & other states, preventive detention, competency evaluation.
# 11369 | 2,025 words | 11 sources | 1996 | US
Published on May 18, 2003 in Psychology (Disorders) , Law (Criminal)

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"There is little doubt that the American public has become more fearful of violent crime and less inclined to give the violent criminal the opportunity to offend a second or third time. Different states have addressed this concern in different ways, with laws mandating stiffer sentences, life sentences for career criminals, harsher sentences for those using violence in other crimes, and less inclination to excuse criminals with an insanity defense. Still, the law does recognize the influence of mental illness on the offender, though this leaves society with a problem--what to do to protect the public. The public is often aghast when a murderer successfully pleads insanity, is sent to a mental institution, and then is released once a team of doctors asserts that he or she is "cured" and can return to society...."

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