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NCJ Number: 79482 Find in a Library
Title: Opinions About the Insanity Plea
Journal: Journal of Forensic Psychology  Volume:8  Issue:1  Dated:(1981)  Pages:63-72
Author(s): R A Pasewark; D Seidenzahl; M A Pantle
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 10
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A Wyoming survey of college students, community residents, police officers, mental health personnel, and legislators about their opinions concerning the insanity plea found that all groups overestimate the frequency and success rate of the plea.
Abstract: Significant segments of each sample believed that the plea is abused. Large proportions of each sample expressed disagreement with the underlying philosophy of the plea. Results were discussed in terms of the present movement to eliminate the plea and the use of expert witnesses. Survey results and nine references are provided. (Author abstract modified)
Index Term(s): Insanity defense; Public Attitudes/Opinion; Wyoming
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