[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Although the insanity defense is used infrequently, it has received significant attention from legal and mental health professionals. In this article, we review the historical development of insanity defense standards and describe the standards currently employed in the United States. We present a model for evaluating a defendant's mental nonresponsibility, and we briefly discuss the legal standards and procedures for the assessment of insanity acquittees for release. Throughout the article, we discuss some scientific, ethical, and jurisprudential issues associated with the insanity defense and nonresponsibility evaluations.
Applied and Preventive Psychology 06/1993; DOI:10.1016/S0962-1849(05)80122-2 · 2.27 Impact Factor
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