Discuss the rationale and standards for mounting an insanity defense.
Discuss the current criticisms of the insanity defense and suggested revisions or reforms for using an insanity defense.© BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com October 25, 2018, 10:00 am ad1c9bdddf
The insanity defense, over the years, has been one of the most misunderstood (and mocked) defenses used in our system of criminal justice. Defendants who claim to be insane are individuals who openly admit that they committed the crime in question, yet they were either insane at the time, or are still insane at the present moment. Because of this, the claim is made that there are extenuating circumstances that lead them to commit the crime in the first place, and this should be considered in the sentencing phase of the trial. Because of this, there are times when a person is convicted of the crime, yet declared an instance and receive a lesser punishment that would an individual that were not deemed to be insane. The rationale is that because ...
The following problem discusses the rationale for the insanity defense in sentencing crime.
The Consequences of Juvenile Courts
What recommendations for juvenile courts does Field offer that would not necessitate abolishing them? Why does he dismiss them, preferring instead to abolish juvenile courts altogether? Do you agree? Why or why not?
Child Murder Committed by Severely Mentally Ill
Mothers: An Examination of Mothers Found Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity
Susan Hatters Friedman,1 M.D.; Debra R. Hrouda,1 M.S.S.A.; Carol E. Holden,2 Ph.D.;
Stephen G. Noffsinger,3 M.D.; and Phillip J. Resnick,1 M.D.
J Forensic Sci, Nov. 2005, Vol. 50, No. 6
Paper ID JFS2005132
Available online at: www.astm.org