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NCJ Number: 113805 Find in a Library
Title: Comparing Females Acquitted by Reason of Insanity, Convicted, and Civilly Committed in Florida
Journal: Law and Human Behavior  Volume:12  Issue:3  Dated:(September 1988)  Pages:295-311
Author(s): K Heilbrun; P G Heilbrun; N Griffin
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 17
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study uses official Florida records from the 1977-84 period to compare criminal and psychiatric histories of females acquitted by reason of insanity (NGRI), convicted of comparable offenses, and involuntarily hospitalized without criminal involvement.
Abstract: Each group contained 41 subjects matched for age and race. The NGRI and the civilly committed women were comparable in terms of psychiatric history, with the great majority having previous psychiatric hospitalizations. The incidence of psychosis, however, was significantly higher among the civil women than the NGRI. The NGRI women had been arrested significantly more often than the civil women, but less frequently than the convicted women. Length of stay differed strikingly among groups: civil subjects were hospitalized the shortest period, NGRIs longer, and convicted females were incarcerated the longest. Regression-based prediction of length of stay reflected several common predictors for acquitted and convicted women, with offense type being powerful for both groups. This research is compared with other NGRI surveys. Tables and approximately 50 references. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Female offenders
Index Term(s): Florida; Guilty but mentally ill; Insanity defense
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